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

Michael’s work as a journalist has affected change in people’s lives. While in Colorado, his reporting prompted state leaders to commit to a public dialogue on establishing best practices for AMBER Alerts following a delayed alert in 2017. The Denver Police Department credited Michael for bringing the Safe Place program to its attention. His coverage on the initiative to prevent hate crime in Seattle led to the adoption of a Safe Place program in Denver. His focus on Problem Solving Journalism holds the powerful accountable and aims to find solutions for people who have been victimized.

He has covered news that has attracted national and international attention, including his gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Taylor Swift sex assault trial in 2017 and Washington state’s largest wildfire in 2014. Michael served as a TEGNA correspondent— reporting for television stations across the country— during the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.

Michael was part of Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of the 2014 Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting north of Seattle. He was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for his coverage of a mass-casualty collision between a charter bus and a Seattle “duck boat” vehicle in 2016.

During Michael’s 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.

In his free time, Michael volunteers with Healthy Learning Paths— a nonprofit organization that provides affordable health education for children across Colorado. He emcees the group’s annual “Race 4Kids’ Health.”

Michael is originally from the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago and is a former Chicago double-decker bus tour guide. He is a proud graduate of Ball State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and a minor in political science. While studying at Ball State, Michael worked as a Congressional intern for Indiana’s First Congressional District. 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 loves cycling, history, politics and traveling. His journeys, for both work and pleasure, have taken him to all 50 states and several countries.

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

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