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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
  • ACLU files lawsuit against Denver over jail fees

    DENVER — A federal lawsuit has been filed against Denver for what’s being described as illegal jail bond fees. The lawsuit points to fees that, at times, are greater than the price of the actual bonds. The situation that led to the suit started with a man accused of breaking a city ordinance. He was ordered to pay a $10 bond to secure his release followed by $50 bond fee. “You’re essentially paying a fee for the privilege of posting […]

  • Heart challenge spreads in honor of Matthew Shepard

    DENVER — This week marks 20 years since the death of University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard. The 21-year-old was killed for being gay. His death rocked the conscience of the country and changed the way many Americans think about hate crimes. Anti-hate crime advocacy work lives on thanks to a Denver-based foundation that bears Shepard’s name. The Matthew Shepard Foundation continues its mission to erase hate by marking this anniversary with The Heart Challenge. The awareness effort focuses on […]

  • New York limo crash underlines importance of verifying hired vehicles

    DENVER — The National Transportation Safety Board continues its investigation into the limousine crash that killed 20 people in New York over the weekend. It is the deadliest traffic collision in the U.S. since 2009. State officials say the limo had failed an inspection and shouldn’t have been in service. The crash is bringing more attention to the importance of vetting hired vehicles and verifying they are being regulated by government agencies. “There’s always an opportunity — or window — […]

  • Denver grapples with scooter war as new operator enters market

    DENVER — The Mile-High City is in the middle of a love-hate relationship with electric scooters. There are 1,400 scooters in Denver. They’re found on sidewalks, bike paths and streets. Razor entered the market by deploying 350 new scooters this week. The summer brought in scooter operators Lime, Lyft and Bird. Tourists and commuters have praised the technology as an easy way to get from point A to point B. Others have sounded off with complaints to the City and […]

  • Denver is not as much of a seller’s market as it used to be

    DENVER — Home sales in the Denver metro area are falling. Sellers have been pushed to cut prices, according to experts and new data released by the Denver Metro Association of Realtors. There have been horror stories of outrageous asking prices and bidding wars in the Denver area, but relief has arrived for buyers. The Denver housing market continues to shows signs of becoming more normal, according to analysts. “You’re starting to see some people come to terms with reality,” […]

  • Castle Rock names future park for fallen Douglas County deputy

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — The Castle Rock Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to honor fallen Douglas County sheriff’s deputy Zackari Parrish with a lasting tribute to his memory. A future park will be named after Parrish. He was shot and killed during an ambush attack on Dec. 31 in Highlands Ranch. Hundreds of Castle Rock residents went online during a public feedback period to support naming the park after Parrish. A groundbreaking ceremony is expected in October at an […]

  • Ice castles returning to Dillon in December

    DILLON, Colo. — A favorite pastime from last winter is returning to Colorado. Ice Castles are expected to open in Dillon in late December. The Utah-based company that runs the operation said Ice Castles is expected to bring tens of thousands of people to Dillon this winter, generating an economic impact of about $3 million for businesses in the area. “Beginning in late November, professional ice artisans will begin growing and harvesting up to 10,000 icicles each day to create […]

  • Kavanaugh accusations create teachable moment for students

    DENVER — The nomination process intended to elevate Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court shows alleged actions at a young age aren’t always forgotten. What Kavanaugh is accused of doing is serious. But even actions in high school or college that don’t rise to criminal levels could still have a big impact on a person’s professional life. “It’s almost like you can’t really escape your past,” Metropolitan State University of Denver rhetoric professor Samuel Jay said. Boneheaded, ignorant […]

  • Weld County boy meets football hero after surviving cardiac arrest

    MILLIKEN, Colo. — A teenage boy is celebrating a once-in-a-lifetime experience after coming close to death. At the age of 14, Dylan Potthoff’s heart stopped beating. But thanks to his mom and first responders, he has quite the story to share. FOX31 first introduced viewers to Dylan in March of 2017 when the town of Milliken celebrated first responders for saving the boy’s life. After Dylan suffered cardiac arrest, he was at Children’s Hospital in Aurora for 11 days. He was […]

  • Brain hemorrhage survivor returns to Colorado to thank Spalding Rehab staff

    AURORA, Colo. – Mimi Hayes has defied the odds. She survived what many have not. Hayes — originally from Colorado and now living in New York — has returned home to be reunited with medical staff at Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital. Her therapy there, following a brain hemorrhage, has been key to helping her live life to the fullest. “I would not be the person I am today without the people that were here with me getting me back to health,” […]

  • Man sought for Broomfield smash-and-grabs, car theft, bomb scare

    BROOMFIELD, Colo. — Police are anxious to make an arrest after they say a suspect broke into businesses, stole two cars and prompted a bomb scare in Broomfield. A be on the lookout bulletin was issued across the metro area on Tuesday for a white Dodge Stratus with Colorado license plate KVQ-840. The vehicle was stolen by the suspect, the Broomfield Police Department said. Police believe one person is responsible for the Tuesday morning crime spree that included breaking into […]

  • Study: Biannual MRIs recommended for women at high risk of breast cancer

    DENVER — New research shows women with a high risk of developing breast cancer should consider more than just mammograms for early detection. The study, published by the American Association for Cancer Research, shows women with certain genes should be screened twice a year using MRIs. The research does not mean women should no longer get annual mammograms. But for a certain group of women, MRI screening is helping save lives. The study reveals MRIs were able to catch 88.2 […]