Michael Konopasek is an anchor and reporter at FOX31 Denver and Colorado’s Own Channel 2 News. He anchors Sunday morning newscasts for both stations and reports for primetime newscasts during the week.
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.
While in Colorado, his reporting prompted state leaders to establish 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. His 2019 investigation into fraudulent practices of Waste Management forced the company to eliminate an employee incentive program that resulted in customers being charged unjust fees.
Michael 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.
He 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 immediately after the EF5 twister devastated the area. His coverage of the tragedy was honored with a regional Emmy Award in 2014. Michael received a second Emmy in 2018 for his coverage of a deadly ambush of sheriff’s deputies in suburban Denver. He received two additional Emmy Awards in 2020 for coverage of Denver's "bomb cyclone" blizzard and for his reporting of a school shooting in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.
Michael has been active as a volunteer with Healthy Learning Paths— a nonprofit that provides affordable health education for children across Colorado. He emcees the group’s annual “Race 4Kids’ Health.”
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 at ABC7 Chicago.
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 U.S. efforts to rid the peninsula of nuclear weapons.