Julie Hayden is an Emmy-award winning Reporter and a veteran in the Denver television market. Before joining Fox 31 News, she reported for KWGN-TV and KMGH-TV for over 15 years.

Julie has a Bachelor’s Degree is Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State University.

Julie is originally from Woodstock, Illinois, a Chicago suburb.

Recent Articles
  • Former deputy sues Park County Sheriff’s Office over deadly shootout

    PARK COUNTY, Colo. — The Park County Sheriff’s Office dedicated a flag and memorial in honor of Cpl. Nate Carrigan, who died in the line of duty one year ago Friday. That memorial came at the same time another former deputy filed a federal lawsuit against the department. The lawsuit claims the incident in which Carrigan was shot and killed could have been avoided. It’s the second lawsuit against the sheriff’s office in the case of a routine eviction that […]

  • Mandatory health insurance for college students questioned

    DENVER — The cost of a college education is staggering enough. And one mother told the FOX31 Problem Solvers her son almost had to drop out of Metro State University of Denver when the school added a huge bill, not for education, but for mandatory health insurance to his tuition. “It’s outrageous, outrageous — $1,200 for one semester,” she said. Her son is already covered under her insurance. But he didn’t notice the form requiring him to show documentation, and […]

  • Marijuana store sued after home invasion-style attack

    DENVER — The victims of a home invasion-type attack are suing a local marijuana equipment store. They claim it knew members of an organized criminal ring were targeting its customers, but did nothing about it. Dylan Norris and his friend, Brian Monahan said they feared for their lives when they encountered two gunmen trying to break into Norris’ Denver home last December. Yulian Rodriguez-Cruz, 25, was arrested and charged with burglary, kidnapping and menacing. Police and Norris believe the suspect […]

  • Family sues after inmate dies in Arapahoe County jail cell

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — The family of a man who died while in custody at the Arapahoe County Jail said the private medical company treating inmates there let him die. Jeffrey Lillis’ family has filed a lawsuit, asking that the company and the county be held accountable. Lillis died on the floor of his jail cell in December 2014 from sepsis caused by bacterial pneumonia. He had been complaining for days that he was sick and getting sicker. But instead […]

  • Head of DU’s international studies reacts to Tillerson pick for secretary of state

    DENVER — Ambassador Chris Hill knows his way around the State Department and he likes President-elect Trump’s pick of Rex Tillerson to be the new secretary of state. “Rex Tillerson is a real adult.  He knows the world, he’s dealt in the big leagues and I think he’s going to be very effective,” Hill said. Hill is a four-time ambassador under three presidents.  He is now the dean of the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. Tillerson […]

  • Family fears for safety as kidnapping suspect skips out on trial

    DENVER — A Denver father is fearful for his family’s safety after the suspect accused of burglarizing and kidnapping him failed to show up for his trial. The trial was supposed to start Tuesday in Denver, but 25-year-old Yulian Rodriguez-Cruz was free after posting $20,000 bond and did not come to court. A warrant has been issued for his arrest, but the victim fears police will never capture him. Dylan Norris said he was pulling into the driveway of his […]

  • Insurance company changes mind about paying after service member’s surgery

    DENVER — An insurance company first told a member of the National Guard it would pay for her surgery. All Lynn Himes had to worry about was a minor co-pay for the procedure. But the insurance company, Tricare, changed its mind after the surgery. She contacted the FOX31 Problem Solvers and her story became part of a series Serving Those Who Serve. Himes serves in the engineer unit with the Wyoming National Guard. “I leave for drill with the National […]

  • Body camera video shows officer shooting armed carjacking suspect

    DENVER — Dramatic video of a shooting from a police officer’s body camera was released Wednesday. The Denver district attorney’s office released it after a decision Monday that Denver officer Jeffrey Heinis was justified in shooting and injuring the suspect during a foot pursuit in August. RELATED: District attorney’s decision letter The officer said the 17-year-old carjacking suspect was brandishing a gun and he was afraid the suspect would shoot him or someone else. He believed he had no choice […]

  • Suspect in carjacking case skips court again

    DENVER — The family of a carjacking victim is worried one of the suspects in the case may try to hurt them. The young Denver mother and her 2-year-old son were carjacked at gunpoint last month. She says the gunman pointed the weapon at the little boy’s head and demanded her keys. Another suspect drove a second vehicle away from the scene. Investigators say 21-year-old Andre Garcia was behind the wheel of the stolen car a few hours later and […]

  • Low bonds for criminals frustrate law enforcement in Denver

    DENVER — Some in law enforcement say Denver judges releasing heroin dealers back onto the streets with low bonds after they were arrested is just the tip of the iceberg. RELATED: Denver DA suggests low bonds for heroin dealers put public at risk They say the same thing is happening with all kinds of suspected criminals, and they also say it puts public safety at risk. Last year, an eight-person crime wave targeted homes and vehicles across the metro area. […]

  • Denver DA suggests low bonds for heroin dealers put public at risk

    DENVER — Chris Lazarus found her firstborn son, Matt, dead of a heroin overdose when she went to wake him up for school. He was 18 years old. “I remember the day that he died like it was two hours ago,” she said. “It doesn’t go away.” Matt died in 2012 and the heroin problem in the metro area has grown exponentially since then. Barbara Roach with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency said the amount of heroin in the Denver […]

  • Carjacking suspect released without bond despite being on probation

    DENVER — The man suspected of carjacking a Denver mother and her 2-year-old son at gunpoint last week has been released jail on a personal recognizance bond. Andre Garcia, 21, has been arrested and released several times — including one day before the carjacking on Wednesday. Garcia was on probation in Jefferson County for drug charges when the carjacking occurred. He was arrested in July in Denver and the judge released him on a personal recognizance bond.  He was transferred to Jefferson County and released […]

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