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
  • Surprise $40K tax could force closure of Fort Collins candy store

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A small-business owner in Fort Collins says he may be forced to close his candy shop because of a potential tax of $40,000. The Fort Collins Candy Store Emporium is a walk through history. The location on Jefferson Street looks and feels like the 1940s. Some of its candy brands date back to the 1800s. “I don’t really sell candy,” said store owner Tony Vallejos. “I sell memories.” The sweet taste of nostalgia includes dozens of […]

  • Gov. Polis says he’s honored to welcome wolves back to Colorado

    DENVER – It’s official: Wolves are back in Colorado. Recent sightings have been confirmed after wildlife officers saw a pack over the weekend. Gov. Jared Polis says he’s honored to welcome the animals back to Colorado. However, many ranchers say they need to go. The confirmed pack is the first to call Colorado home since the 1930s, according to the Polis administration. The gray wolves were seen in far northwest Colorado. “We’re pretty convinced that they’re at least making themselves […]

  • CPW confirms latest wolf pack sighting in northwest Colorado

    MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife confirmed Wednesday that a pack of gray wolves is living in the northwest part of the state. CPW says that on Jan. 19, two wildlife officers investigated an animal carcass surrounded by large wolf-like tracks in northwest Moffat County. “While conducting their investigation in the field, wildlife officers were surprised when they heard distinct howls within the area,” CPW said in a statement issued Wednesday. Shortly after the wildlife officers heard the […]

  • JeffCo residents urge county manager to avoid shutting down fairgrounds operations

    JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Shortfalls in Jefferson County’s 2020 budget recently forced the sheriff to release inmates early. That move was just the start in what officials say will be a series of impacts to Jefferson County residents. County officials are now eyeing a 2021 budget shortfall of roughly $12 million. County manager Don Davis is prepared to propose the elimination of fairgrounds operations to county commissioners as part of a solution to plug the budget gap. The county previously […]

  • Friend of teen murder-suicide suspect: ‘I don’t see how this happened’

    DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. – A frantic search led to a tragic ending Tuesday after police along the Front Range attempted to save the lives of two teens. FOX31 and Channel 2 have been in touch with the victim’s family but they are not ready to talk publicly. Those who knew her suspected killer, Samuel Hoffman, are in total disbelief. Around 3 p.m. Tuesday, police said Hoffman, 18, picked up the 17-year-old girl from Mile High Academy in Highlands Ranch. FOX31 […]

  • Lack of police accountability tops residents’ grievance list as Aurora looks for new chief

    AURORA, Colo. — The search is on for Aurora’s next police chief during what the department admits is a turbulent time. Residents gathered for a public feedback meeting Monday night at Aurora City Hall. Most of those who spoke at council chambers said public trust is a big problem that needs to be resolved. An outside recruiter has been hired to find the next chief. He heard from dozens of residents who were critical of the department. A lack of […]

  • Bill would allow Colorado pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention meds without prescription

    DENVER — State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow pharmacists to dispense HIV prevention medications without a provider prescription. Supporters say the move will help decrease infection rates by providing people with easier access to drugs that can prevent HIV. The Food and Drug Administration approved Truvada for HIV prevention in 2012, but getting the drug to people when they need it is still a concern for pharmacists. Currently, Truvada and Descovy — when taken once a day to […]

  • Examining the legality of buying police badges in Colorado

    DENVER — Buying police badges that look legitimate is not a difficult task. All it takes is a few clicks online. But is it legal? There’s no question impersonating a peace officer is illegal. But when it comes to buying, selling or possessing a real or replica badge — you may or may not be breaking the law. “You can order fake badges,” said Jefferson County Sheriff’s spokesperson Mike Taplin. For $20, the Problem Solvers found an ICE Special Agent […]

  • Colorado rancher speaks out following wolf pack sighting on land he manages

    MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. – State wildlife officials are trying to figure out if Colorado is once again a habitat for wolves. Newly released video from October shows gray wolves in the northwest corner of the state on land managed by rancher George Raftopoulos and his family. “Our ancestors spent a long time getting rid of the wolves,” Raftopoulos, a cousin of FOX31’s Aristea Brady, said. An elk carcass was discovered in the same area last week. State wildlife officers say […]

  • Pack of gray wolves may be living in northwest Colorado after eyewitness accounts, scavenged elk carcass found

    MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. —  Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials say there’s a strong possibility that a pack of gray wolves may be living in northwest Colorado. Wildlife officials say a scavenged elk carcass was found near Irish Canyon last week, which is only a few miles away from the location where six large wolves were spotted in October. CPW said the eyewitness and his hunting partner saw the wolves near the Wyoming and Utah borders. One member of the party […]

  • DU Middle East expert warns of potential Iranian war impact

    DENVER — The man who leads the University of Denver’s Center of Middle East Studies says we could be at the precipice of war with Iran. The ball is now in President Trump’s court after an Iranian strike on a base used by American troops. “I thought [Iran] would take more time to respond,” said Nader Hashemi, DU associate professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics. Hashemi is surprised Iran did not rely on its old playbook of using proxy […]

  • DPD talks Red Flag policy following first petition for guns

    DENVER — It’s a law that is so controversial, dozens of Colorado sheriffs are refusing to enforce it. Colorado’s largest police agency, however, is on board. The Denver Police Department was granted its first Extreme Risk Protection Order late last week. On Jan. 2, 2020 — a day after the law went into effect — a judge signed a DPD petition granting a temporary order to deprive an apparent suicidal man of his guns. Police say the 26-year-old was involved […]

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