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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
  • Denver Public Schools teachers vote to strike

    DENVER — Denver teachers have voted to start a strike. Union officials representing DPS teachers announced the strike Tuesday evening at the Knights of Columbus hall. The final day of strike voting occurred Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The first day a strike can start, legally, is January 28th. If the strike takes place, a spokesperson with DPS said, “our schools will continue to operate on their normal schedules. Transportation, food service, and after-school care (discovery link) will […]

  • Clock winding down for Denver Public Schools, teachers union to reach deal

    The clock is winding down. Less than 24 hours remain for the Denver Public School District and its teachers union to reach a compromise and avoid having more than 5,000 educators walk out on the job. “What do we want? Fair pay. When do we want it? Now,” teachers and students chanted outside of South High School Wednesday morning. Tensions between the state’s largest school district and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association — the union representing DPS educators — are […]

  • Estes Park businesses band together to help furloughed federal employees

    ESTES PARK, Colo. — Businesses in Estes Park are joining forces to make the federal government shutdown a bit more manageable. Most of the federal employees in the mountain town work at Rocky Mountain National Park. Many park services have been suspended during the shutdown. Around two dozen businesses have already announced special offers for furloughed workers, according to the Estes Park Economic Development Corporation. “If you can make somebody feel better with a simple meal, you’re doing your job,” […]

  • Local hemp manufacturer claims $500K-worth of legal hemp confiscated in Oklahoma

    LOUISVILLE, Colo. — The president of a Colorado hemp company says more than 17,000 pounds of his legal product has been confiscated by police in Oklahoma. Four contractors, transporting the plants from Kentucky to Colorado, remain under arrest. On Wednesday, it appeared police in Pawhuska, Oklahoma may have scored one of the biggest drug busts of all time. But, Jamie Baumgartner, president of Panacea Life Sciences in the northern suburbs says it’s his hemp. “We’re talking in excess of a […]

  • Here’s how Denver’s Colfax Avenue got its name

    DENVER — A group of Denverites is taking time to recognize the 151st anniversary of the naming of Colfax Avenue. Colfax was one of the main highways serving Denver before the Eisenhower Interstate System was created. Its naming pre-dates Colorado’s statehood. The long stretch from Golden to Strasburg looked a lot different back in 1868, when Grand Avenue was renamed after then-Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Schuyler Colfax. “Nobody on an average day could tell you who Schuyler Colfax was,” […]

  • RTD’s A Line under repair at Union Station for track settlement

    DENVER — Work to level the A Line track at Union Station is underway, requiring passengers to walk a bit farther to board trains. Track One at Union Station has settled a half-inch dip (well within Federal Railroad Administration tolerance, according to RTD). The dip is forcing trains to stop at a different location along the platform to avoid an area of the platform that is not level with train cars. For commuters, every step of walking or running counts […]

  • 4 Smoky Hill High School employees placed on leave for handling of student with gun

    AURORA, Colo. — Four Smoky Hill High School employees, including an assistant principal, were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into their handling of an incident involving a student with a gun off campus, according to a district spokesperson. No one was harmed in the incident, a spokesperson for the Cherry Creek School District said and no further information about the incident were immediately available. The employees placed on leave include: assistant principal Noah Harris, athletic director John Thompson, head wrestling […]

  • DA Brauchler creates review unit for those wrongfully convicted

    ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — Prosecutors are usually perceived as lawyers on a mission to get a conviction. But, that’s not always the case. 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler says it’s time for a new system designed to ensure those wrongfully convicted will be set free. It’s called the Conviction Review Unit. It launched on Monday for those convicted of crimes in Arapahoe, Douglas, Elbert and Lincoln Counties. Brauchler says he created the unit because he recognizes the justice system isn’t […]

  • Denver girl in coma, suffering flu symptoms

    AURORA, Colo. — Selina Nguyen, 7, is in a coma at Children’s Hospital, according to family members. The girl started suffering flu symptoms just before Christmas. Her mom says Selina is now in the fight of her young life. “The doctors say they cannot do anything anymore for her,” Selina’s mom, Hee Vo, said. Vo fought back tears Wednesday night as she talked about her daughter. “She is a very, very good girl,” Vo told FOX31. “She has a good […]

  • Colorado has high level of flu activity, CDC says

    DENVER — New numbers from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Colorado health officials show flu season in Centennial State isn’t getting any better. Hospitals and urgent care centers throughout the state have been busy treating people with the stubborn virus. Colorado is currently one of the worst states in the country for flu activity. State statistics show 572 people across Colorado have been hospitalized with flu symptoms since early October, according to the Tri-County Health Department. Colorado, […]

  • Broncos super fan nominated for Ford’s Football Hall of Fans

    DENVER — One die-hard Broncos fan received the thrill of a lifetime when Hall of Famer Terrell Davis visited her home with some exciting news: Meredith “Merry” Brannon has a 50-50 chance of going to the Super Bowl. Brannon is one of six fans nationwide to be nominated for induction into Ford’s Football Hall of Fans. Three of the six will get to travel to Atlanta for the Super Bowl, according to Brannon. “I already feel like a winner just […]

  • Arrest warrant issued for Aurora dog sitter accused of stealing dog

    AURORA, Colo. — A Denver man is pleading for help after an arrest warrant was issued for his dog sitter in Aurora. The woman is accused of skipping town with Eric Curry’s Pug/Boston Terrier mix named Etta. Curry says the sitter, Allie Franco Silva, ghosted him right before the holidays. “[Etta] is a great dog, has a great personality,” Curry told FOX31. Curry, who has been traveling regularly out of state for work, says a local rescue referred him to […]