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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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    THORNTON, Colo. — One person was killed and another was injured in a four-vehicle crash on Thursday, the Thornton Police Department said. The crash happened on East 112th Avenue east of Colorado Boulevard. “I heard this this huge bang and I didn’t even think anything of it until I heard all the sirens,” a witness said. The crash sent one vehicle through a fence. The scene snarled traffic during the height of the afternoon rush hour. Police said medics tried […]

  • Drivers can legally avoid paying red light camera citations in Colorado

    DENVER — The city and county of Denver is considering expanding its revenue stream by investing $500,000 in new red light cameras, according to Mayor Michael Hancock’s budget proposal initiatives. But drivers don’t necessarily have to pay a red light camera ticket, according to legal experts. In Denver, Aurora and elsewhere, city governments are cashing in millions of dollars collected from red light camera citations. Drivers receive the citations in the mail after a camera captures license plate numbers. Many […]

  • Aurora couple return home after surviving Category 5 Hurricane Irma

    AURORA, Colo. — Dave and Sheri Bryant returned home Tuesday after a multiday ordeal in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The couple shared pictures of a soggy windy mess. They said they weren’t sure if they would survive the storm. Irma was a Category 5 storm as it moved across St. Thomas where the couple sought shelter in a small motel. “We had water pouring through the light fixture in our room,” Dave Bryant said. “There was no power.” Before arriving […]

  • Analysts: Denver metro area is ideal for Amazon’s second headquarters

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  • Florida couple vacation in Colorado amid Irma landfall

    ESTES PARK, Colo. — About two months into their RV adventure, Beverly and Larry Hacker found it a bit difficult to fully enjoy the Rocky Mountains. Their stay in Colorado unexpectedly coincided with the stress of Hurricane Irma barreling through their home state. “That hits close home,” Larry Hacker said. The Hackers have been in constant contact with their children and grandchildren as the storm moved north along Florida’s west coast. Some of their family members have sought shelter in […]

  • Equifax security incident could impact nearly half of the U.S. population

    ATLANTA — Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax announced a “cybersecurity incident” that could impact more than 140 million Americans — nearly half the population of the United States. Equifax said the information accessed includes names, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. RELEATED: See if your personal information might have been accessed “Criminals exploited a U.S. website application vulnerability to gain access to certain files,” the company said in a statement issued […]

  • Town of Parker, homeowners push back against proposed trash facility

    PARKER, Colo. — A battle over garbage is brewing in Douglas County. Parker homeowners and leaders of a nearby university said they won’t stop fighting until the county prevents a trash and recycling transfer facility from being built in an unincorporated area just north of E-470. Homeowners filled a good portion of a lecture hall Wednesday night at Rocky Vista University for a community meeting. Parker officials, university representatives and homeowners are banding together in an attempt to force Douglas […]

  • Denver green roof mandate will go to voters

    DENVER — Voters in Denver will decide if new large buildings should be required to have rooftop gardens or solar panels. Supporters of the green roof initiative said the proposed mandate is an effective way to reduce energy costs and air pollution. Volunteers said they collected 45 more valid signatures than what was required to get the measure on the November ballot. The proposal, modeled after a law that’s been on the books for the past decade in Toronto, aims […]

  • Lawsuit accuses Aurora police of excessive force during arrest

    AURORA, Colo. — A woman has filed a lawsuit against three Aurora police officers who she said choked her, slammed her to the ground and stomped on her head during a December 2015 arrest. Lawyers for OyZhana Williams, 23, filed the lawsuit in federal court. The lawsuit accuses the officers of beating her and lying about it in police reports. The lawsuit names three officers, including Sgt. Michael Hawkins, who Williams’ lawyer said is the main aggressor. Lawyers for Williams said […]

  • Amber Alert suspect has criminal record

    ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A statewide search is underway after an Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for a mom and her young son. The Adams County Sheriff’s Office said the two were abducted by the woman’s ex-boyfriend, who is the father of the boy, about 11:30 a.m. in the 7400 block of Dexter Street. Investigators said Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez forced Samantha Adams, 26, and her 1-year-old son Zahid Adams at gunpoint into his gray Honda sedan. The car was located unoccupied in Pueblo […]

  • Arrest made in 1999 homicide of Arapahoe County prosecutor

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — An arrest was made Tuesday in a nearly two-decade-old homicide. In 1999, Arapahoe County prosecutor Rebecca Bartee was found dead inside her apartment. A recent tip led investigators to an apartment complex in Centennial where the victim’s body was found 18 years ago. Deputies said it’s the same complex where the suspect Robert Williams lived in 1999 and now. “This isn’t a case that’s been cold for five years or seven years — this is 18 […]

  • Denver, Jefferson County GOP leaders organize Harvey relief effort, need truck

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Outside Jefferson County GOP headquarters on Tuesday, 50 cases of bottled water were unloaded from Denver GOP chairman Jake Viano’s pickup truck. The cases of water are ready to be sent to southeastern Texas. Viano said he extended the offer to help to his Democratic friends because natural disasters do not discriminate. “It didn’t just hit Republican voters,” Jefferson County GOP chairman Joe Webb said. “It didn’t just hit Democratic voters … it hit Americans, period.” Viano […]