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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 — Denver police are investigating the latest downtown area mugging after a man reported being knocked unconscious and robbed at Lawrence and 22nd streets early Sunday morning. Video evidence, allegedly shot by the suspects, could help police in their investigation. Following the attack, the victim learned his muggers used his Snapchat cell phone application to record themselves. That video could be viewed by people connected to the victim via Snapchat. “They posted a story of themselves monkeying around after […]

  • Pearl Harbor survivor forced to remove fencing gets help

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Residents of a Broomfield mobile home park say their management company is making their lives difficult. One of those residents is a 95-year-old World War II veteran who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor. Roland Danford is now in the middle of a much different battle. “I don’t think it’s a very fair deal,” Danford said. Management at Front Range Mobile Community recently gave residents a five-day notice to remove their fencing around their homes. A notice […]

  • Denver police expand LGBT Safe Place program

    DENVER — The Denver Police Department’s Safe Place program is off to a great start, according to officials. Since the program launched a week ago, more than two dozen businesses have agreed to offer safe haven to victims of hate crime. Lt. Michael Wyatt has been busy canvassing neighborhoods and meeting business owners to promote the initiative. His mission is to help stamp out hate crime, specifically against members of Denver’s LGBT community. Jack Rabbit Slims, a neighborhood bar just […]

  • Derailed train car spills plastic beads in Boulder

    BOULDER, Colo. — Investigators worked Tuesday to learn what caused a train to derail in Boulder. Part of the freight train veered off a Burlington Northern Santa Fe track just before the evening rush hour Tuesday, impacting the drive home for scores of drivers. Investigators said a load of plastic beads spilled from one of six derailed cars that had flipped over. No one was hurt. The derailment quickly prompted evacuations in the neighborhood along Arapahoe Avenue as a hazardous […]

  • Sessions asked Congress to let him override state laws allowing medical marijuana

    DENVER — Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked lawmakers to help him go after medical marijuana, in a letter to congressional leaders that has been made public. The letter Sessions wrote to congressional leaders in May was obtained by MassRoots.com and published Monday. Currently, there are protections in place prohibiting federal prosecutors from using taxpayer dollars to prevent the sale of medical marijuana. Sessions is asking Congress to take away those protections. Adam Davis of Lucy Sky, a medical and […]

  • One year later, Denver remembers Orlando nightclub attack

    DENVER — Monday marked one year since 49 people were killed at Pulse — a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. The assault on the LGBT community was one of the deadliest terror attacks in American history. A remembrance ceremony at Denver’s Cheesman Park honored the lives lost and called attention to the work that is ongoing to advance gay rights. The event included advocacy group speakers and a performance by the Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Those in attendance vowed never […]

  • Startup brings craft beer delivery to Denver

    DENVER — A startup in Denver is promising convenience for those who love craft beer. It’s not easy to keep up with the dozens of breweries in Colorado, but two brothers — setting up shop along South Pearl Street — believe they can help. The typical big-name nationwide brands aren’t in stock at Craft Alley. The beers are all made in Colorado. “We partner with six breweries around town,” Craft Alley co-founder Bryce Forester said. Forester and his brother, Bret, […]

  • Police not ruling out homicide in Kiaya Campbell case

    THORNTON, Colo. — The search for a 10-year-old Thornton girl ended with tears and sorrow Thursday evening after a child’s body was found in the search area for Kiaya Campbell. The body was found in an open area with a creek bed about two miles from where Kiaya was last seen in the 12900 block of Colorado Boulevard and one mile from her Thornton home in the 12400 block of Forest Drive. The Thornton Police Department called off the search […]

  • Vandals shatter windows on at least 10 vehicles in Aurora

    AURORA, Colo. — A residential street in south Aurora was left littered with auto glass Wednesday after police said at least 10 car windows were shot out and shattered. The vandalism occurred near East Quincy Avenue and South Parker Road. No arrests had been made as of late Wednesday. Victims said they believe they were targeted in a rash of drive-by shootings. “I found all the glass on the floor inside the car,” Armin Amirsanei said. Police were called to […]

  • Investigation launched after hateful phone calls made to Denver-area mosques

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Police are investigating a series of hateful phone calls made to a Lakewood mosque. It comes as similar calls have been reported at mosques across the Denver area. The call in Lakewood was reported to have turned threatening, sparking a criminal investigation. Mosque leaders in Denver, Boulder, Lakewood, Golden and Northglenn said they recently received inflammatory phone calls referencing recent terror attacks in England. Muslim leaders in Colorado have condemned the attacks. “We as American Muslims are […]

  • Evidence in thousands of Colorado DUI cases could be thrown out

    DENVER — Thousands of DUI convictions and ongoing cases in Colorado are in jeopardy after a court order on Monday called into question key evidence in the cases. The order, issued by Gilpin County Judge David Taylor, sent shock waves throughout the state’s criminal justice system. The order criticizes state health officials for what the judge called inaccurate, misleading and deceptive practices. The judge and numerous defense attorneys have issues with the way Colorado certifies results from a machine called […]

  • Meet Capitol Hill’s Good Samaritan

    DENVER — The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Denver would not be the same without Delberta “Lady” Clark. The 84-year-old retiree spends her days “setting up shop” outside the Knights of Columbus Hall on Grant Street, just north of Colfax Avenue. People in the area are familiar with her generosity. “I’m a jack of all trades,” Lady Clark told FOX31 on Sunday. Most days for Lady Clark start with a short walk from the front gate of her apartment building to […]