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Michael Konopasek is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 as a general assignment reporter in August of 2016. Before arriving in Denver, Michael was a reporter at NBC affiliate KING-TV in Seattle.

Michael has covered news that has attracted national and international attention, including Washington state’s largest wildfire in 2014 and the Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon in 2015. He was part of Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of the Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting in 2014. In April of 2016, he was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for his coverage of a mass-casualty collision between a charter bus and a “duck boat” tour vehicle in Seattle.

Before joining KING-TV, Konopasek spent three years in Oklahoma City as a reporter at CBS affiliate KWTV-TV. During his time in Oklahoma, he covered numerous tornado outbreaks, including the deadly 2013 Moore tornado. He was the first journalist to report live from the heart of the destruction path moments after the F5 twister devastated the Oklahoma City suburb. In 2014, Michael was awarded a regional Emmy Award for his role in KWTV’s continuing coverage of the disaster.

Prior to his time at KWTV, Michael worked as a reporter at WPTA-TV/WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as WTVW-TV in Evansville, Indiana. He is originally from the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago and is a former Chicago tour guide.

Michael is a proud graduate of Ball State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and a minor in political science. During his time at Ball State, he worked in radio at WMDH-FM and Indiana Public Radio. He also worked for Muncie, Indiana PBS affiliate, WIPB-TV, as host of a long-running, Emmy Award-winning television show. He officially began his television career as an intern at Chicago’s ABC-owned WLS-TV.

Michael is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Radio Television Digital News Association. He is interested in hearing from you!

You can email him at Michael.Konopasek@KDVR.com.

Recent Articles
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    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Coming face to face with a grizzly bear and living to tell the story — it’s something movies are made of, but this is no movie. Doctors at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood are being credited with saving a man whose face was torn off by a grizzly bear. Lee Brooke was hunting in Wyoming when he encountered a grizzly. After months of treatment in Colorado, he is now back home in Pennsylvania. The attack happened in […]

  • Denver Public Schools, police investigate extreme bullying as attack videos go viral

    DENVER — Colorado’s largest school district and the Denver Police Department are determining “the appropriate next steps” after a recent altercation, according to a letter sent to parents Wednesday from Contemporary Learning Academy. The letter was distributed one day after videos were posted to Facebook showing CLA students attacking classmates on Monday. The videos, which went viral on social media, show high school students targeting fellow classmates. Sources close to the situation say two juveniles are facing charges. Authorities do […]

  • Broncos fans brawl raises questions over reporting violence

    DENVER — Video of what’s described as an assault at a Broncos game is going viral online. Stadium and team officials said an easy-to-use reporting method is in place to create faster response times. Since 2007, fans have been able to text issues to security and provide officers specific locations. The number used to text security is on display throughout Sports Authority Field at Mile High. An average of 24 text messages per game were received by security officials last […]

  • Boulder preschool to close over immigration policy concerns

    BOULDER, Colo. – A private preschool in Boulder will close in the wake of an immigration controversy, according to school leadership. The preschool is located inside a church that will soon become a sanctuary site for an undocumented immigrant facing deportation. FOX31 first reported the church’s decision to become a sanctuary location in late October Even amid the fallout, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder is standing firm on a pillar of its religious practice. “It really is to be […]

  • Aurora expands program protecting pets in crisis situations

    AURORA, Colo. — The animal services division in Aurora is on a mission to help save not only pets in crisis situations, but people as well. The expansion of a pet safe haven program in the city aims to protect four-legged friends while providing valuable resources to victims of domestic violence. The program is nothing new, but it is being administered in a new way. “What we really wanted to do was look at what barriers we had,” Aurora Animal […]

  • Denver teen accused of suffocating newborn with rock in throat

    DENVER — A teenage girl confessed to shoving a small rock down her newborn baby’s throat, the Denver Police Department said Wednesday. Authorities said the infant was killed shortly after birth in early September and pronounced dead at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, the Denver Medical Examiner’s Office said. The baby, named Amekah, was found behind a home in Green Valley Ranch, according to a probable cause affidavit. An autopsy revealed the cause of death was suffocation. RELATED: Probable cause affidavit The […]

  • South Denver suburb pet owners warn of coyote attacks

    CASTLE PINES, Colo. — There have been more reports of coyotes attacking domestic animals in the Denver metro area. Many of the attacks have gained traction on social media. Coyotes are known to prey on pets, creating deadly situations for dogs and cats. The attacks are nothing new in Colorado. Pets, gone in an instant, are carried away in the mouths of coyotes. Susan Schmidtlein’s 11-pound poodle, Yogi Bear, was one of the latest victims. The attack in Castle Pines […]

  • Proposed Weld County development pits ranchers against industry

    WELD COUNTY, Colo. — The proposed expansion of an asphalt and concrete plant several miles north of Windsor has united ranchers in a fight against Simon Contractors. The industrial company wants to expand onto land currently zoned agricultural. Dozens of neighbors gathered at Windsor’s main fire station Monday to hear company representatives explain many things, including how potential pollutants will be controlled. The fear among ranchers and others living near the site is that land air and water will be […]

  • Boulder church latest to welcome immigrants fearing deportation

    BOULDER, Colo. — More religious leaders in Colorado are opening their doors to help immigrants resist deportation. Additional safe havens are needed as more people are being arrested by federal agents, according to immigration advocates. On Sunday, parishioners at Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder voted to welcome immigrants facing possible deportation. Government statistics show U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrests have increased even though deportations have slowed in the fiscal year 2017 compared to last year. Cases similar to the […]

  • Colorado Catalans react to violence amid push for independence

    DENVER — The crisis in Spain continues with no end in sight. Catalonia has declared independence from Spain, but the succession is not happening without a fight. Catalans in Denver said they are worried for their families and friends back home after seeing images of Spanish police officers using force against pro-independence activists. Catalonia is in northeastern Spain. Its largest city is Barcelona. The area is home to more than 7.5 million people. Those behind the movement to succeed from […]

  • Lawsuit: Administrator calls principal intimidating because ‘you’re a big, black woman’

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A discrimination lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Denver details shocking allegations against leaders of a metro Denver preschool. The lawsuit alleges the school engaged in race and gender discrimination against its former principal. Documents filed in federal court Tuesday claim administrators for Merryhill School in Highlands Ranch used inappropriate comments to describe former principal Carolyn Ammidown — an African-American woman. The 11-page civil action describes incidents of alleged discrimination at the private school off […]

  • Proposed Broomfield oil and gas well expansion to impact Adams County

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A controversial decision before the Broomfield City-County Council is pitting Broomfield County against Adams County in the latest battle over fracking development in Colorado. If approved by Broomfield elected officials, dozens of oil and gas wells soon could be in operation along the county line near homes in Adams County. About 90 people signed up to speak during a lengthy Broomfield council meeting on Tuesday evening. Many of those who spoke expressed anger, saying their neighborhood in […]