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
  • Large retaining wall partially gives way in Castle Rock amid heavy rain

    CASTLE ROCK, Colo. —Flooding throughout Castle Rock forced road closures as drivers tried to navigate high water on Monday. Castlegate Drive at New Abbey Lane was shut down after a large wall, built into a hillside, partially gave way. Water spilled off the wall, creating some scary moments for drivers. Video from viewer Crystal Graves showed the intensity of the flooding. Police sent out a warning ahead of the afternoon rush hour telling Twitter followers of street flooding throughout the […]

  • Civic Center Park art highlights history of gay rights movement

    DENVER — Pride festivities are underway in the Mile High City. June marks 50 years since the Stonewall riots in New York City, representing the start of America’s modern-day gay rights movement. That history inspired Denver-area artist Lonnie Hanzon to create a public display that celebrates Gay Pride history. Hanzon is in his fifth year of working with other artists to create public art for Denver Pride. This year, his installation will focus on where we’ve come as a society. […]

  • Front Range firefighters brace for water rescues amid snowmelt

    GOLDEN, Colo. — A heavy mountain snowpack and a late melt is leading state and local officials to warn about possible flash flooding. Rivers and creeks along the Front Range are currently considered dangerous for watersport athletes. Clear Creek is already four times higher than it was a week ago, according to West Metro Fire Rescue. West Metro firefighters recently completed a five-day swift water rescue course. “It’s definitely an issue this year,” said West Metro firefighter and paramedic Dave […]

  • Police investigate report of attempted child abduction in Lakewood

    UPDATE: On June 6, Lakewood police released the sketch of the suspects. They are described as looking like twins. LPD says they are believed to be Hispanic and in their 20s. “The van is described as a white van with scratches on the side and a door that slides open. The van had darker tint on the windows and bars on the inside of the windows on the back of the van,” LPD said in a pres release. ORIGINAL STORY: LAKEWOOD, […]

  • 15-year-old accused of disabling security system, stealing several guns sought in Jefferson County

    PINE, Colo. — A 15-year-old boy is being sought after he allegedly broke into a relative’s home and stole several guns, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. Officials said Kaiden Martin stole the weapons from the home in the 13000 block of South Cedar Circle in Pine, near South Elk Road and Highway 285, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday. Martin lives at the home with relatives who are not his parents. “I’m not concerned for myself,” a […]

  • Longmont police exhume body from Greeley grave as part of ongoing investigation

    GREELEY, Colo. — Longmont police exhumed a body from a grave in a Greeley cemetery Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation. The body was taken out of a grave at Linn Grove Cemetery. Authorities placed it back in the grave the same day. The grave is that of Delmar Burns, a Greeley man who died in March 2018. Longmont police have disclosed few details in regards to the case. It is unknown whether investigators are interested in Burns’ remains […]

  • CU researchers return from studying tornadic thunderstorms with drones

    BOULDER, Colo. – University of Colorado engineers are back in Colorado after chasing tornado-spawning storms on America’s Great Plains. It’s been an eventful two weeks for the crews using drones to collect data. The researchers are at the forefront of a study that could help save lives. They’re working to give meteorologists the answers they need to provide even more warning time on tornado tracks. Data is collected by flying on the edge of supercell thunderstorms. It’s part of a […]

  • Denver students speak out to lawmakers, school board on safety and gun violence

    DENVER — Colorado lawmakers and Denver school board members gathered Wednesday evening to address gun violence in schools.  A community meeting, at Knight Center for Early Education, generated feedback on how decision makers can help stop the violence. The town hall-style meeting started with a moment of silence for those impacted by the STEM school shooting. Soon after, students were invited to speak. “Going to school afraid that something bad is going to happen shouldn’t be a worry to students,” […]

  • Douglas County commissioners vote to allocate $13 million toward school security, mental health

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Douglas County commissioners voted Tuesday to allocate $10 million in one-time funding toward improving school security and mental health at the Douglas County School District. Commissioners also unanimously voted to approve $3 million annually for school resource officers, but the amount must be matched by the school district. The votes come three weeks after one student was killed and another eight were injured in a shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch. DCSD’s president and superintendent have […]

  • CSU study finds CBD beneficial for epileptic dogs

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A pilot study at Colorado State University shows CBD products are beneficial to dogs that suffer seizures. The study comes as the hemp industry expands in Colorado. “There was a significant reduction in seizure activity,” said CSU researcher Dr. Stephanie McGrath McGrath just finished the small study. Nine epileptic dogs were given CBD and seven were given placebos. “The higher the CBD in the dog’s bloodstream, the greater seizure reduction we achieved,” McGrath said. About 90 […]

  • City of Lakewood seizes brewery for failure to remit sale tax

    LAKEWOOD, Colo. — On Tuesday, the city of Lakewood seized a popular brewery that has been in business for three decades. The owner of Ironworks Brewery and Pub is accused of not paying taxes. The city of Lakewood says Mike R. Mader was 10 months delinquent on remitting sales tax to the city. Payment plans were created as a way to mitigate the issue but Ironworks defaulted, according to Lakewood revenue manager Erin Nordmann. I ronworks, near West Alameda Parkway […]

  • Feds: Metro-area man attempted to hold girl captive, have wife killed

    DENVER — Danny James McLaughlin stands accused of attempting to hold a 13-year-old girl captive for sex and trying to hire a hitman to kill his wife. The criminal complaint filed against McLaughlin says his crimes started on the dark web — in chat room for people who enjoy torture and killing. McLaughlin unwittingly conspired with an undercover federal agent to rape and kill the agent’s fictitious 13-year-old daughter, according to a probable cause affidavit. McLaughlin was seemingly under the […]

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