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
  • Student seriously wounded in shooting across street from Montbello school

    DENVER — A 16-year-old boy was wounded in a shooting in a park across the street from a school in the Montbello neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, the Denver Police Department said. The shooting happened in Parkfield Lake Park in the 5200 block of Kittredge Street near a shared Rachel B. Noel campus that houses Collegiate Prep Academy and DSST Noel. The boy, a student at Collegiate Prep Academy, was taken to Children’s Hospital Colorado in critical condition. His name was […]

  • ATF raids homes across Front Range, some tied to Hells Angels and other ‘motorcycle gangs’

    DENVER — Federal agents across Denver, its suburbs and in Colorado Springs targeted the Hells Angels and at least one other motorcycle gang on Thursday. A dozen people were arrested and are accused of being linked to organized crime. At lease one suspect was wounded in the raids in Jefferson County. That suspect was hit by shotgun ammunition designed to break open doors, according to deputies. The person has injuries that are not life threatening. In Denver’s Lower Highland neighborhood, […]

  • Erie woman arrested in 1996 death of newborn ‘Baby Faith’

    LOVELAND, Colo. — A woman arrested Tuesday, charged with murder in the 1996 “Baby Faith” homicide case, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said. Jennifer Katalinich, 42, of Erie surrendered to sheriff’s officials early Tuesday morning on charges of first-degree and second-degree murder. Katalinich made a court appearance on Tuesday morning, posted a $25,000 cash bond and has been released. She is due back in court on Jan. 21. “Baby Faith” was an unidentified newborn whose body was found by two […]

  • Pueblo synagogue relieved to what FBI calls thwarted terror attack

    PUEBLO, Colo. — Congregants at Temple Emanuel in Pueblo say they are thankful and relieved the FBI and local police prevented a terror attack at their synagogue. Temple Emanuel dates to 1900. It is the second-oldest synagogue in Colorado. Currently, 35 families worship at the location. “It didn’t happen, and that’s the good news,” said Michael Atlas-Acuna, the congregation’s president. At a news conference in Denver on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced the arrest of 27-year-old Richard Holzer. The […]

  • Ghost stories haunt halls of former Fitzsimons Army Hospital in Aurora

    AURORA, Colo. – The old Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, now part of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, is one of the most iconic buildings in Colorado. Those who work in the former hospital believe ghosts are haunting its halls. The building opened in 1941. It was the largest building in Colorado at the time of its construction. Today, workers insist something strange is happening. “There were a lot of people [who] died here,” said Dave Turnquist, associate vice […]

  • Colorado driver’s licenses, ID cards can be stored and used digitally

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Coloradans soon will be able to use digital IDs on their smartphones in their dealings with state agencies. Gov. Jared Polis announced Wednesday that residents can create the ID by scanning their driver’s license into the app myColorado . The app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The system goes into effect Dec. 1. Polis said it’s more secure than carrying around plastic identification in an age where many are using digital […]

  • Problem Solvers test rock salt vs. pet-friendly de-icer

    DENVER — Every year, as snow storms move in, experts warn of the dangers associated with certain ice-melt products. Chloride salts can be harmful to the environment and to beloved pets. Kitty litter can help gain traction, but it is not recommended for actually melting ice. Chloride salts were sold out at Denver area stores on Tuesday. The FOX31 Problem Solvers compared standard rock salt to Morton SAFE-T-PET — a product that boasts being a veterinarian-recommended and salt-free ice melt. […]

  • Denver encourages residents to clear sidewalks ahead of trick-or-treating

    DENVER — City inspectors are gearing up to be busy as more snow heads to the Mile High City. Officials will be out and about making sure sidewalks are clear. There are ordinances across the metro area governing snow removal. Fourteen residential inspectors will be responding to Denver 311 complaints and spot checking areas along the way that could land homeowners $150 citations. Property owners will initially receive a warning, according to the city. By municipal law, residential property owners […]

  • Doorbell video captures mountain lion in suburban JeffCo

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A doorbell camera in the Ken Caryl area of Jefferson County captured a mountain lion in a front yard Thursday morning. As more people install doorbell cameras, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is getting a clearer picture of wildlife that prefer moving around in the dark of night. There are plenty of deer in the area —  a treat for mountain lions — just outside Chatfield State Park in the southwest corner of the Denver metro area. […]

  • Parents attend mental health session following latest Arapahoe High School student suicide

    CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Nine Arapahoe High School students have died by suicide since 2013. The most recent suicide happened on Monday. Nonprofit mental health provider AllHealth Network hosted a “mental health session” Wednesday evening at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Centennial. Littleton Public Schools said it asked the nonprofit to host the event. The gathering was designed to help parents learn how best to support their children. Additionally, Arapahoe High School has brought in mental health counselors to help […]

  • Donald Trump Jr. visit to CSU draws protesters, counter-protesters

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A large group of police officers were positioned on the Colorado State University campus Tuesday evening as Donald Trump Jr. and right-wing commentator Charlie Kirk spoke at an event that was part of Kirk’s “Culture War” tour. The last time Kirk appeared on the CSU campus, in February 2018, large protests led to tense moments. Police worked to keep anti-Trump and pro-Trump protesters on opposite sides of a street outside the University Center for the Arts, […]

  • Mom and baby boy killed in Weld County crash, family confirms

    WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A mother and her baby boy were killed when a semi truck collided with a sedan on Weld County Road 74 around 10 a.m. Monday, according to the victims’ family. The collision site is roughly 10 miles northeast of Greeley— outside the small community of Galeton. The mom, 20-year-old Adrianna Lyzette Lopez Varela, and her son, Ezekiel Abel Gonzales Lopez, were on a visit to the aquarium when their sedan collided with the semi truck. The […]

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