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Award-winning journalist Amanda Raus is an anchor for the FOX61 Morning News weekdays from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m.

As a Connecticut native, Amanda is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stories that matter to the people in her home state. She loves to cover everything from breaking news to the stories that bring a smile to your face.

Prior to FOX61, Amanda spent eight years at WVIT, the NBC affiliate in West Hartford, where she was a general assignment reporter and a weekend anchor. She covered many major stories, spending nearly 14 hours on-air during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and braving the elements during Superstorm Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and the blizzard of 2013. She was nominated for an Emmy award and won a Connecticut Associated Press Award for her coverage of the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial.

Before heading to WVIT, Amanda worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at WSHM in Springfield, MA. She began her career as a freelance reporter and associate producer at News 12 Connecticut.

Amanda earned a Master of Business Administration from Quinnipiac University in Hamden and earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She grew up in Monroe and is a graduate of Masuk High School.

When she isn’t reporting Connecticut’s top stories, Amanda loves exploring all that our state has to offer. She loves visiting the shoreline during the summer and taking in all the gorgeous foliage in the fall.

Recent Articles
  • Chat with the Chief: School Safety

    In the wake of the school shooting in Florida and the recent school threats here in Connecticut, Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara sat down with FOX 61 to talk about school safety. He said there are many concerns after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. He’s heard that people are upset with the police response to the shooting, both when officers were at the school responding to the shooting and the prior reports about the suspected shooter that allegedly weren’t […]

  • WorkinCT: An exclusive look inside Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford

    STRATFORD — FOX 61’s Amanda Raus took an exclusive walk through the manufacturing floor with Sikorsky President Dan Schultz to see what employees are working on at one of Connecticut’s major manufacturers. “This is our Stratford facility. We have, as you can see, a very large facility. We have a million square feet under roof here,” said Dan Schultz. Schultz took stock of all the aircraft the company makes that support all branches of our military from the Seahawks and […]

  • WorkinCT: Not your average Basement Systems in Seymour

    SEYMOUR — A computer and a telephone may be standard order at most office jobs, but that’s where standard ends at Basement Systems in Seymour. It’s a workspace that looks more like Disneyworld than an office. Each part of the building is different from the next. “We like to have fun, and just be different, and just have an interesting, exciting, fun place for our employees to come to work in every day. I think it gives us a competitive […]

  • WorkinCT: Southington man makes indestructible mailbox

    Do you frequently see mailboxes becoming roadside victims? They are broken off, barely hanging on or with some makeshift protection. It can happen in Connecticut especially when we see a snow storm. It was last winter that Gary Celella, Junior caught a glimpse and came up with a solution. “There was a bad storm and I was driving down the road seeing all the smashed mailboxes, and it just popped into my head,” said Celella. He created a mailbox that’s […]

  • Coffee Cup Salute: Painting with a Twist

    HARTFORD — We are saluting businesses all across Connecticut!  On Tuesday mornings, FOX 61 will hold its Coffee Cup Salute to highlight your business. If you want to see a mug from your business on our Coffee Cup Salute, mail us a mug to: FOX 61 WorkinCT 285 Broad Street Hartford, CT 06115 Today we’re saluting Painting with a Twist! They are a new painting studio at 45 Pratt Street in Hartford! Their grand opening is 3/22 at 5 p.m. […]

  • WorkinCT: Good cause gifts giving more than shopping options at Hospital for Special Care

    NEW BRITAIN — Inside the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, a new gift shop awaits customers. Behind the counter stands Andy Jortner, an assistant store manager at Good Cause Gifts. “I use the computer,”  but that’s not all Andy does.  During his four to six hour shifts, he has a hand in different parts of the store. “I stock cards, I sweep the floor, stock candy, and also, I do the shelves,” he said. Andy is just one […]

  • WorkinCT: Your Fitness Network brings the workout to you

    Imagine being in an office building with a physical trainer training a woman out of state, all with the help of the computer screen. A new Connecticut-based fitness service is debuting Monday, and it promises to keep you exercising wherever you are. “This product is an online fitness service. We are taking the gym and bringing it anywhere you are. So we want to disrupt the model that says you need to be constrained to the hours of a brick […]

  • Work in CT: Farmington business keep up with evolving demands

    FARMINGTON — The printing press at Data Management Incorporated in Farmington doesn’t slow down. It seems to constantly be going and putting out the company’s signature visitor passes. Data Management has been in business since 1961, evolving over the years to keep up with the ever-changing customer demands when it comes to printing. “What we do today is we’re a specialty product printing and software development company. We make visitor management solution products. Our product line is called Visitor Pass […]

  • WorkinCT: John Ciulla to become third CEO in Webster Bank’s history

    WATERBURY — Jim Smith has been leading Webster Bank for 30 years since he took over the company from his father and bank founder, Harold Webster Smith.  Therefore, passing the reigns the company to John Ciulla was no accident.  The two spent years going over the transition to make sure it was a smooth one for the leadership team and the company. “It was really important we found an internal candidate who would be a reliable steward of the values […]

  • This West Hartford phone app may be your key to the city!

    WEST HARTFORD — Wondering what’s going on this weekend? Where should you go for brunch in West Hartford? The WHSquared app may be the place to look. The app, available in the Apple App store and on Google Play, connects you to the events happening in West Hartford. Creator Jeff Lobianio told FOX61 the app is button based. For example, if you’re looking for a brunch spot, you hit the brunch button and it will list the places serving brunch […]