Michael Konopasek is an anchor and reporter at FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 News. He anchors Daybreak on Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and reports weekday afternoons and evenings.

He is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who arrived in Denver in August of 2016. Before calling Denver home, Michael was a reporter at NBC affiliate KING-TV in Seattle and CBS affiliate KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City.

Michael’s work as a journalist has affected change in people’s lives. While in Colorado, his reporting prompted state leaders to commit to a public dialogue on establishing best practices for AMBER Alerts following a delayed alert in 2017.

In the same year, the Denver Police Department credited Michael for bringing the Safe Place program to its attention. His coverage of the anti-hate crime initiative in Seattle led to the adoption of a Safe Place program in Denver.

He has covered news that has attracted national and international attention, including his gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Taylor Swift sex assault trial in 2017 and what was Washington state’s largest wildfire in 2014.

Michael also served as a TEGNA correspondent— reporting for television stations across the country— during the 2015 Umpqua Community College shooting in Roseburg, Oregon.

Michael was part of Edward R. Murrow Award-winning coverage of the 2014 Marysville Pilchuck High School shooting near Seattle. A year earlier, he reported live from the heart of the deadly Moore, Oklahoma tornado destruction path moments after the EF5 twister devastated the area.

His coverage of the tragedy was honored with a regional Emmy Award in 2014. Michael was awarded a second Emmy Award in 2018 for his coverage of a deadly ambush of sheriff’s deputies in suburban Denver.

In his free time, Michael volunteers with Healthy Learning Paths— a nonprofit organization that provides affordable health education for children across Colorado. He emcees the group’s annual “Race 4Kids’ Health” in Broomfield.

Michael is originally from the Northwest Indiana suburbs of Chicago and is a former Chicago double-decker bus tour guide.

He is a proud graduate of Ball State University. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in telecommunications and a minor in political science. While studying at Ball State, Michael served as an intern for the United States Congress and Chicago’s ABC-owned WLS-TV.

He loves cycling, history, politics and traveling. His journeys– for both work and pleasure– have taken him to all 50 states and several countries.

In 2018, Michael was part of a journalism fellowship allowing him to report from the Korean Demilitarized Zone amid international efforts to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.

Recent Articles
  • One CSU student seen in blackface in social media post says she regrets her decision

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The female Colorado State University student posing in a picture wearing blackface says she regrets her decision. The picture, spreading on social media, shows four white CSU students wearing blackface. “They’re just a bunch of kids having fun and not thinking,” said Les Kaplan, the father of CSU Freshman Leana Kaplan. Les spoke to FOX31 and Channel 2 by phone on Thursday. He says incoming CSU students were given dark anti-blemish cream by a campus organization. […]

  • CSU will not punish white students shown wearing blackface in photo

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Colorado State University will not punish a group of white students who posed in blackface. A photo of the racist act has been spreading on social media — drawing swift criticism. The image, which first surfaced on Instagram, shows several white CSU students with a black-colored substance painted on their faces. The photo appeared on Instagram over the weekend with a caption referencing Wakanda, the setting for the movie “Black Panther.” “[They are] mimicking the black […]

  • Small DougCo community of Louviers might have to pay $4M to avert radium water woes

    LOUVIERS, Colo. — Fewer than than 300 people live in Louviers and they could paying a whole lot more in their water bills now. The little town, just south of Highlands Ranch, operates on well water. There are currently increased levels of radium in the well water, according to local officials. The town’s water district says a new well went in a few years ago, and just 10 months ago, testing showed elevated levels of radium in the water. The […]

  • Thousands pack Denver’s Civic Center Park for Bernie Sanders rally

    DENVER — Sen. Bernie Sanders took direct aim at President Donald Trump at a rally in Denver Monday, calling Trump the most dangerous American president in modern history. Sanders did not attack his fellow Democrats currently running against him. “We cannot have a president who is a racist, a sexist, a homophobe, a xenophobe and a religious bigot,” Sanders told the crowd. The senator from Vermont — vying for the presidency — covered a wide range of issues. He called […]

  • Small plane crashes into guardrail after running off runway, onto road in Broomfield

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A small plane ran off a runway and crashed into a guardrail on West 120th Avenue in Broomfield Wednesday night. According to North Metro Fire Rescue, the incident occurred shortly before 8 p.m. near Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport. It is unknown whether the Cessna was trying to land or take off. Just before 8 p.m. crews responded to a plane crash near Rocky Mtn. Metropolitan Airport. A Cessna ran off the runway and onto W. 120th Ave. […]

  • Boulder activists line bike lanes with toilet plungers to call out safety issues

    BOULDER, Colo. — Cyclists and motorists in Boulder woke up to a plunger protest Wednesday morning. A couple hundred toilet plungers were placed along bike lanes on 30th Street, according to city officials. Cyclists say the demonstration focused on 30th between Arapahoe Avenue and Baseline Road. The plungers were used to highlight dangers along unprotected bike lanes in Boulder. A picture, provided to FOX31 by the Boulder Daily Camera, shows a plunger-lined bike lane before city crews removed them. Boulder […]

  • Douglas County sheriff unveils monument honoring deputies who have died in line of duty

    HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo. — A new monument stands in Highlands Ranch honoring the memory of Douglas County Deputies Zackari Parrish, Ronald King and Wayne Bryant. Parrish was ambushed, shot and killed on New Year’s Eve in 2017. During a dedication ceremony on Tuesday, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the monument and surrounding garden were a community effort made possible by his office, the Highlands Ranch Metro District and Girl Scouts from Mountain Vista High School. Deputy Wayne Bryant died in 1978 […]

  • Car slams into 2 pedestrians near Coors Field; search for driver underway

    DENVER — The Denver Police Department is investigating a hit-and-run crash that injured two people in Lower Downtown early Sunday morning. Video shows a silver Chevrolet Cobalt sedan slamming into two people at 20th and Market streets, one block southeast of Coors Field. The driver does not stop. The video below, from Victor Marquez, shows people prying open the front driver’s side door of the Chevy. The driver then peels out and accelerates quickly away from the area. A few […]

  • 2 men stabbed, one fatally, at Lakewood’s Belmar Park within 7 hours

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Two men were stabbed, one fatally, within seven hours at Belmar Park on Thursday morning, the Lakewood Police Department said. Officers responded to the park near the Lakewood Heritage Center at 801 S. Yarrow St. just after midnight. Police said two men were in the park when another man approached them and stabbed one of them several times before fleeing on foot. One man, whose name and age weren’t released, was taken to a hospital. The extent […]

  • Northern Colorado car dealerships suffer hail damage in Tuesday night storm

    DACONO, Colo. — Car dealerships north of Denver were slammed by large hail during Tuesday night’s severe weather. At Interstate Ford in Dacono, roughly 300 vehicles were hit by hail. “We showed up to huge hail,” said Stacia Shane of Interstate Ford. Shane says every vehicle on the lot was hammered overnight. There are plenty of dented cars, parts scattered on the pavement and broken windshields. “This is the worst we’ve ever seen it here,” Shane said. “This is catastrophic for […]

  • Longmont repeals bike dismounting ordinance

    LONGMONT, Colo. — Cities across Colorado continue grappling with how to better regulate a growing number of bicycles and e-scooters on streets and sidewalks. Many ordinances focus on safety. But instead of enacting more rules for cyclists, Longmont council members on Tuesday scrapped an ordinance that’s been on the books for eight years. The ordinance requires cyclists on sidewalks to dismount when they get to a crosswalk. Some say that practice is safer while others argue it forces a needless […]

  • MSU Denver says no connection between employee cancers, West Classroom building

    DENVER– A release sent out on Monday morning from MSU Denver revealed that no connection was found between cancers identified in MSU Denver employees and the West Classroom building. Based on visual observation, direct-reading meter monitoring and analytical results, the environmental parameters were within the typical ranges for occupied office buildings and well below the applicable regulatory limits. According to the release, MSU Denver and Auraria Higher Education Center received test results from two independent companies. The results were shared […]

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