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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! Please reach out at michael.konopasek@kdvr.com.

Recent Articles
  • Sessions’ threats could cost Colorado cities millions

    DENVER — Attorney General Jeff Sessions put so-called sanctuary cities on notice Monday by threatening to withhold millions of dollars from states and cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration laws. Officials from Denver, Aurora and Boulder were quick to fire back, saying they follow federal law. President Donald Trump and his administration don’t seem to agree. Sessions did not offer many details on Monday, but did say complying with federal immigration laws will be a prerequisite to receiving […]

  • Police investigate reported sex assault behind DU fraternity

    DENVER — The University of Denver sent out a safety alert to students over the weekend warning of a sexual assault. The Denver Police Department is investigating what the university called a groping incident. Police were called to an alleyway behind the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity house about 2 a.m. Sunday where DU said a female victim was reported to have been attacked. “I was a little surprised,” DU student Katelyn Guinan said. “I feel like it’s a pretty safe […]

  • Plow truck drivers can’t wait for snow

    DENVER — The wild weather expected toward the end of the week is forecast to bring gusty winds, hail and even some heavy wet snow to the Denver metro area. While many are dreading the return of snow, others are thrilled. Heavy snow is expected to cover communities south of Denver — and those paid to clear it say it’s about time. From the heavy-duty equipment to the standard pickup truck, Lightning Mobile snow removal has business parking lots large and small […]

  • Homeless turn to mountain camping to avoid city struggles

    BOULDER, Colo. — Taxpayers in Colorado are on the hook for hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for the cost of fighting Boulder’s recent Sunshine Fire. Investigators are still looking for clues that could point them to the person or people responsible. Boulder County sheriff’s deputies said all of their evidence points to a campfire at what appears to have been a transient camp site. The cost of fighting the fire is estimated to be more than $730,000. The […]

  • DHS report calls out cities, counties for not cooperating with ICE

    DENVER — The Trump administration is busy calling out cities and counties across the country for not complying with federal government requests to detain immigrants who might face deportation. Locations in Colorado are on a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The report gathered data over the course of week from late January to early February. It detailed more than 200 requests from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to local law enforcement, asking police officers and […]

  • Man accused of planting explosives in downtown Denver hotel goes before federal judge

    DENVER — A man who authorities said left explosive devices in his downtown Denver hotel room went before a federal magistrate judge during his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Adam Hayat, 35, was arrested in Los Angeles after a flight from Denver following the incident in mid-February. Prosecutors said his actions led to a Denver Police Department Bomb Squad investigation and lockdown at the Downtown Sheraton (1550 Court Place). Hayat faces a one-count indictment of possession of a firearm, what prosecutors […]

  • Hundreds of homes evacuated because of wildfire near Sunshine Canyon in Boulder

    BOULDER, Colo. — Crews continued to monitor a wildfire that was threatening homes near the Boulder city limits Sunday night. The blaze was about 50 percent contained late Sunday. The Red Cross, assisting people forced to leave their homes, set up a shelter on the city’s east side. The dry, warm and windy weather has created the perfect conditions for the fire in the foothills to grow rapidly. Crews said the fire was about 60 acres in size. More than […]

  • Telemarketer, investigated by Florida AG, calls Colorado Garden & Home Show attendees

    DENVER — We’ve all done it. You buy a product or enter a contest, and even though you sign off on the fine print, you don’t read it — or if you do — you don’t always understand it. In a FOX31 Problem Solvers investigation, journalists took a look at how people and organizations they trust can get burned by the small print. Thousands who attended the Colorado Garden & Home Show in February may have signed up to win […]

  • Suspect sought after double shooting in 2 counties

    DENVER — Two men were shot and sent to a hospital after a shooting incident that started in Arapahoe County and ended in Denver, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office said. The chaos came to an end on Leetsdale Drive between Holly and Jersey streets about 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The Denver Police Department cleared the scene around 8 p.m. Deputies reported a confrontation on South Parker Road in Arapahoe County between the two victims and a third person. Investigators said […]

  • Schools embrace program that promotes healthy living

    DENVER — With childhood diabetes, obesity and other diseases on the rise, more school districts are embracing new and comprehensive health curriculums to help children make smart choices. Healthy Learning Paths, a nonprofit promoting that type of curriculum, is reaching more children in the Denver area every day. At an assembly on Wednesday at Broomfield Heights Middle School, children heard an inspiring story from one of the program’s passionate supporters — 1972 Olympic marathon gold medalist Frank Shorter. “I think I’ve […]

  • Denver gauges public reaction to potential mega music festival

    DENVER — Neighbors in south Denver are sounding off over an effort to bring a large-scale music festival to a historic 18-hole golf course. The proposed music event is expected to draw tens of thousands of people daily to Overland Park Golf Course near South Broadway and West Florida Avenue. During a city-hosted event Tuesday, people squeezed into the golf course’s clubhouse to learn more from city leaders and event promoter AEG. “I’ll be there [for the concert],” said Washington […]

  • Rep. Jared Polis town halls attract large crowds

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — The deep political divide in America is sparking anger at congressional town halls and animosity against members of Congress who refuse to hold them. Meanwhile, some congressmen, including Rep. Jared Polis, have been attracting record attendance and peaceful crowds. The Democrat, representing Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District, held two town halls on Sunday. Polis said his town halls were his largest ever. Roughly 1,000 people packed the gymnasium at Broomfield High School. Another 1,000 attended a town hall […]