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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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    DENVER — Regina Pizarro said her life used to be in a downward spiral. She was recently homeless while fighting against an addiction to alcohol after weaning herself off of heroin and crack cocaine. “I lost my grandson to social services because of the alcohol,” Pizarro told FOX31. But Pizarro says her addictions are now behind her thanks to an investment of Denver taxpayer dollars to find Denver homeless people full-time jobs. More than 100 participants of the Denver Day […]

  • Park County sheriff announces $15,000 reward in Maggie Long case

    PARK COUNTY, Colo. — The Park County sheriff announced Thursday a reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone involved in the Maggie Long homicide case. Long was reported missing more than a month and a half ago. Her remains were discovered at her burned home off County Road 43 in Bailey in early December. Arson is suspected. The reward is $15,000. Park County deputies along with agents at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, FBI and Bureau of […]

  • Federal employees in Denver sound off on potential government shutdown

    DENVER — Funding to run the federal government could run out this week. Tens of thousands of federal employees in Colorado will be forced to go without pay if lawmakers in Washington can’t strike a deal with President Donald Trump. Most people who work for federal agencies have faced government shutdowns in the past. “For me, it would be a real hardship,” a federal employee said. “I’d have to take money out of savings to make up the difference.” Much […]

  • Residents fight proposed pipeline to move water from Larimer County to Thornton

    LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — A fight over water in the Fort Collins area is heating up as dozens of residents protest a proposed water pipeline. Thornton hopes to build a pipeline that would take water out of Larimer County to supply the growing Denver suburb. Thornton bought rights to Poudre River water in the 1980s. Thornton officials believe the city will need that water by 2025 — adding pressure to begin construction of a pipeline. Dozens of Larimer County residents […]

  • Marijuana mixes with sex at first-of-its-kind cannabis club event

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A marijuana club owner capitalized on a combination of pot and sex over the weekend. A controversial cannabis sex party in Colorado Springs continues to raise eyebrows. Jaymen Johnson, owner of Speakeasy Vape Lounge and Cannabis Club, insisted the unusual party he hosted was legal. “More open relationships — exchanging of partners — stuff like that,” Johnson said. People visiting the club usually spend their time rolling joints, smoking weed and playing video games. Saturday called […]

  • RTD launches L Line train service

    DENVER — A new RTD train line went into operation on Sunday in Denver and it’s been created without building an inch of new track. The new L Line represents what was the northern most section of the D Line. The former D Line train ran to and from Littleton, through downtown Denver, to the Five Points area. With the creation of the L Line, the D Line no longer continues north of downtown. The L Line serves riders between […]

  • Daughter of man found dead in Federal Heights home taken into custody

    FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. — The daughter of a man found dead inside a home has been arrested, the Federal Heights Police Department said. On Wednesday, detectives executed a search warrant on a home at 10022 Eliot Circle where human remains were found. Police identified those remains as William Mussack. For two weeks, family and friends had been searching for the 69-year-old. “He was harmless,” a neighbor said. “He was a harmless gentleman.” Police said his daughter, Danya Jennings, shared a […]

  • Sheriff releases unedited body camera video of deputy ambush

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock released unedited body camera video on Tuesday of a deadly deputy ambush that occurred on the morning of New Year’s Eve. FOX31 has decided not to air or post the videos in their entirety. The body camera video of deputy Zackari Parrish from around 3 a.m. on Dec. 31 shows him and other deputies responding to a nuisance call at Matthew Riehl’s apartment. Riehl is seen on the body camera video. […]

  • Winfrey speech sparks talk of run for president in 2020

    DENVER — Could Oprah Winfrey be the next President of the United States? The media mogul is trending on social media after giving an inspirational speech at the Golden Globes on Sunday night. The 63-year-old billionaire could find a path to the White House in the Donald Trump era, according to various analysts. “I loved the speech,” a woman said Monday on Denver’s 16th Street Mall. “From the minute she started talking to the end.” Oprah’s talk of #MeToo, women’s […]

  • Woman sues Denver police over 2015 collision involving officer

    DENVER — Nearly three years after a Denver police officer was reprimanded for hitting a car on Colfax Avenue, the owner of the vehicle said she still hasn’t been paid a dime. The case is now heading to court. The collision occurred on Feb. 20, 2015 at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Washington Street in Denver’s Capitol Hill. The officer, Rudy Manzanares, ran his 2014 Ford Explorer police vehicle into Linda Bowen’s 1996 Toyota Camry, according to a […]

  • Auraria students living in Denver high-rise go more than a week without hot water

    DENVER — Hundreds of college students living in a downtown Denver high-rise have been without hot water for more than week. The students, who study on the Auraria campus, said it has been difficult to take showers and wash dishes. The 30-story building at 14th and Curtis streets, Auraria Student Lofts, has been without hot water since Dec. 27, according to students and emails sent to students from the building’s property management. “I tried [to take a shower], and it’s […]

  • Second dog reported injured at Bear Creek Pet Resort; state investigating

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Bear Creek Pet Resort, a pet boarding facility in Lakewood, is under investigation by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The investigation comes as the facility at 3225 S. Wadsworth Blvd. faces allegations of negligence by the owners of two dogs. Wesley Morris, the owner of an American bulldog mix, said Wednesday his dog was severely injured on Christmas at the facility. Morris reported the attack less than a week after the owners of a German short-haired pointer reported […]