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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 — More flights servicing new destinations are coming to Denver International Airport. The airport is celebrating its fourth new international destination in just three months. As Denver grows, so too does its airport. Experts say the Denver market is hot and airlines are taking notice. A dozen new nonstop destinations have been announced for DIA in 2017. Six of the new destinations are international and six are domestic. Starting in April 2018, nonstop service to Paris will be an […]

  • More visitors, congestion at Rocky Mountain National Park

    ESTES PARK, Colo. – The popularity of national parks in Colorado continues to soar. Coming off of a record number of visitors in 2016, Rocky Mountain National Park is expected to see even more visitors in 2017. The park’s popularity is causing some painful traffic headaches. “It’s something that has to be looked at because it’s only going to get worse,” a driver outside the park told FOX31 on Wednesday. The famed park has shattered visitor attendance records each year […]

  • Stokes poised to retain seat following Broomfield recall election

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — As results of a Broomfield recall election were tabulated Tuesday night, it appeared the councilman at the center of the recall effort will keep his seat. The election is being viewed as a referendum on fracking expansion in the northern Denver suburb. Councilman Greg Stokes was celebrating Tuesday night as results were published on the Broomfield Election Division’s website. Those who wanted Stokes out of his job view him as a supporter of oil and natural gas. […]

  • Safety concerns raised after horse is killed in car crash

    ARVADA, Colo. — Horseback riders have had enough! The tight-knit community in Arvada is taking a stand against aggressive driving– saying roads are becoming more dangerous as more people move to Colorado. Equestrians raised concerns Monday at an Arvada city council meeting two days after a horse was struck and killed by a car near 80th Avenue and Alkire Street. There are more and more close calls between horses and vehicles as the northern Denver suburb grows, according to horse […]

  • Safety measures questioned after shooting at Tanner Gun Show

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — There are new calls for increased safety measures at Colorado gun shows following the shooting of a man at the Tanner Gun Show on Saturday. The weekend shooting is not the first for what’s billed as the largest gun show in Colorado. Adams County Sheriff’s investigators said the shooting appears to be an accident. The victim, shot in the leg, is expected to survive. “Somehow a round went off, and he ended up shooting his partner,” […]

  • Denver police investigators name Sunnyside-area murder suspect

    DENVER — Police detectives are investigating the death of a man found in the Sunnyside neighborhood on Tuesday as a homicide. Family members of Michael Lanford pleaded for justice at a vigil on Thursday. The family said Lanford was killed Tuesday night near West 40th Avenue and Shoshone Street in Denver. Lanford’s sister, Tammy Lanford, is still trying to come to terms with the loss. “I’m just wanting him to come home or call,” she said. Elizario Herrera Jr. is […]

  • Hundreds of Denver-area voters unregister in wake of Trump probe

    DENVER — People across Colorado are busy canceling their voter registrations. What’s being described as a massive nationwide effort is underway to prevent the Trump administration from receiving voters’ personal information. President Donald Trump’s election integrity commission is asking for voter registration data from all 50 states. In nearly two weeks, roughly 1,100 people in the Denver metro area’s three largest counties took their names off voter registration rolls. The amount of people taking action in Colorado and nationwide is […]

  • Erie considers odor ordinance that could impact fracking

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  • Subaru enthusiasts warn of recent thefts

    DENVER — Subaru vehicles are not only hot for car buyers in Colorado but also for thieves, according to a group of Colorado Subaru enthusiasts. Reports of recent thefts have members of Simply Subie Colorado warning fellow drivers. Subaru vehicles edge into the top 10 list for commonly stolen cars in Colorado. Subaru vehicles are consistently ranked as one of the most popular brands for cars in Colorado — making Subaru parts hard to come by and expensive, according to […]

  • Family, friends, veterans honor 18-year-old Ally Raber as police continue search for killer

    AURORA, Colo. — Loved ones gathered Sunday in Aurora to say goodbye to 18-year-old Ally Raber. The Eaglecrest High School graduate, who recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy, was killed over Independence Day weekend. An international manhunt for her accused killer continues as family members remain hopeful for justice. Family members, friends, former classmates and military servicemen were on hand to pay their respects. It was standing-room only at the funeral home and there was no shortage of love for […]

  • Larimer County sheriff wants to clean up ‘transient problem’

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  • Denver expected to host Outdoor Retailer shows starting in January

    DENVER — Industry insiders are speculating that Denver has landed a coveted convention that will bring millions of dollars into the local economy. The famed Outdoor Retailer Show is expected to announce a move from Salt Lake City to the Mile High City on Thursday. Retailer shop leaders say the move is a big deal for Colorado. The convention, held twice a year, will likely call Denver home starting in January. “When I think Colorado, I think outdoors,” Nick Nosewicz […]