Keagan Harsha is one of FOX31 Denver’s weekend anchors. He is also a reporter during the week.
Keagan grew up just a few states to the north in Montana. However, he comes to Denver from El Paso, Texas where he was the main anchor for KTSM-TV, the NBC affiliate.
Before KTSM, Keagan held anchoring and reporting positions at WCAX, the CBS affiliate in Burlington, Vermont. He also worked as a weekend anchor and reporter at KULR, the NBC affiliate in Billings, Montana. He has won of several Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting in those states.
Keagan is a graduate of the University of Montana and is an avid Griz fan. He also grew up a huge Colorado Rockies fan and is ecstatic to finally live in a state with like-minded fans who can support him during those losing seasons. Outside of work, Keagan loves hiking and exploring the great outdoors. He and his family are on a quest to visit every national park and the high point of every state. He’s gotten to about half of them so far.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Joshua Early Childhood Center in Centennial is seeking help after it was forced to close due to flooding. A pipe on a toilet burst and flooded the building over the long holiday weekend. “It was an immediate splash zone as soon as you walked in the front door,” said Brooke Lestikow, one of the school’s directors. More than a dozen fans are now set up to try to dry out the preschool. Carpets and flooring have been […]
Life can change on a dime. Two beloved lacrosse coaches at Aspen High School will never again cheer on their teams from the sidelines. Mike Goerne and Owen Green were both killed in an avalanche on Saturday. For Barbie Cottrell, the news is heartbreaking. Cottrell lost her husband when her twin boys were very young. Coach Goerne helped fill the void. He not only coached her kids, he taught them to be men. Nick Cottrell is now the captain of […]
DENVER—For drivers fed up with gridlock on Interstate 225, the “R” line is the answer to prayers. However, on January 28th the “R” line was anything but reliable. A train jumped the tracks in heavy snow. Passengers tumbled and one woman was actually tossed out of the door. Her leg somehow got caught under the train and it was severed. “We all feel horrible for everyone involved,” said Pauletta Tonilas, Assistant General Manager of RTD Communications. RTD now tells the […]
DENVER — On Monday morning, two Denver wrestling coaches hit the picket lines. Mike Laurita joined his colleagues at Thomas Jefferson High School. Cory Montreuil picketed alongside coworkers at Montbello High School. However, both coaches took very different paths on Tuesday morning, the second day of the strike. Laurita decided to cross picket lines and return to work. Montreuil did not. We first introduced you to Laurita last Friday. He experienced the teacher strike of 1994 and will retire at the […]
DENVER — As a teacher strike continues, the Denver Public School District is now facing a lawsuit on behalf of more than 10,000 disabled students who attorneys say will be harmed by the strike. Attorney Igor Raykin filed the lawsuit. His wife is a Denver teacher and his child has special needs. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a family not being publicly identified. It alleges the Denver Public School District is failing to serve students with disabilities and […]
DENVER — After 30 years as an educator and coach, Mike Laurita has learned life can be messy and that some decisions aren’t black and white. Laurita was just five years into his career as an educator and wrestling coach and was living paycheck-to-paycheck when Denver Public Schools teachers decided to strike in 1994. He says he remembers how difficult it was. He walked the picked line with his 4-year-old daughter. “We couldn’t afford a babysitter, so she came with […]
It’s a somber anniversary. One year has now passed since El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Micah Flick was shot and killed in the line of duty while trying to arrest a suspected car thief in Colorado Springs. Three other officers were also shot. So was an innocent bystander. Thomas Villanueva is now paralyzed from the chest down. “He had a shattered vertebrae. He had a collapsed lung. He lost massive amounts of blood. He must use a catheter to urinate. […]
DENVER — The male suspect in an officer involved shooting in west Denver on Friday died at the hospital, according to Denver police. The female involved remains at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. According to the Denver Police Department, the shooting happened in the 200 block of South Canosa Court in the Valverde neighborhood. DPD said a federal task force that included U.S. Marshals were attempting to take a person wanted on a probation violation into custody. The suspect […]
DENVER — While the temperatures in the Midwest may be difficult for many of us to imagine, we’ve seen them before in Colorado. In fact, temperatures in the Midwest pale in comparison to what the small town of Maybell in northwestern Colorado experienced in 1985. On Feb. 1, 1985, temperatures dipped all the way down to -61 degrees Farenheit in the small Moffat County town. “I don’t think I had a thermometer. I don’t think I wanted one because then […]
You have to have grit to willingly fly to one of the coldest places on planet Earth, or at the very least be a glutton for punishment. “Pain, pain. It’s like your body is on fire. Everything you touch, if it’s metal, your skin burns, said Minnesota resident Darrel Sanders. “It’ll be about 30 below when we get picked up at the airport,” said a woman named Robyn. “They call it God’s icebox for a reason,” added Steve Schminkey, another […]
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo. — Blizzard force winds on Tuesday didn’t just create big problems on several Colorado roads. It also blew over one family’s home. It happened near Cripple Creek. Chelsea Mcdowell lives in the town. She doesn’t know the family who lived in the “tiny home,” but immediately offered on social media to help them clean up from the disaster. “The inside of their house has to be quite the mess,” the professional cleaner said. Cripple Creek Fire Chief […]
A one-two punch. That’s how some parents are describing a possible teacher strike in the Denver Public School District. Some families aren’t just worried about a strike and the impact on their families, they are already dealing with the impacts of the government shutdown. Christian Vasquez is a single mom with five children in the school district. She says she is already stressing about childcare in the event teacher’s walk off the job and classes are canceled. “If I was […]