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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
  • WorkinCT: Connecticut surgeon cared enough to share her heart

    HARTFORD — Images of her three children adorn Dr. Christine Finck’s office at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. But it’s her oldest, Isabelle, who started her motherhood journey in 2006 at the beginning of her career as a pediatric surgeon. “It was actually when I was first an attending, and I worked in Philadelphia first. One of the first nights that I happened to be on call, I did get the call in the middle of the night that there was […]

  • WorkinCT: Exclusive look inside Sikorsky as it gets ready for powerful military helicopter

    STRATFORD — This summer, Sikorsky’s Stratford plant will be assembling a state-of-the-art heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The first CH-53K King Stallion was delivered Wednesday to the Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina so the Marines can conduct a logistics assessment. Last year, Sikorsky was awarded the contract to build 200  King Stallion helicopters for the Marines, and production is set to start in Stratford within the next few months. FOX 61 was granted an inside look […]

  • Church gets donation from Manchester Road Race Honor Club

    MANCHESTER — We may be months past last year’s Manchester Road Race, but one organization is still reaping the benefits. On Tuesday, the Manchester Area Conference of Churches was given $8,400  from the Manchester Road Race Honor Club. The Honors Club program started last year, and allowed up to 100 runners to register for the race and pay $100. The money raised goes to a select non-profit agency in Manchester. “The help they provide at the food pantry and the […]

  • Colchester company tied to Sikorsky looking to expand its Connecticut footprint

    COLCHESTER —  Since 1964, Alpha Q in Colchester has been busy producing parts for the aerospace industry. The manufacturing floor puts out parts, while the Glastonbury Southern Gage side of the business makes sure every measurement is precise. “The parts that we do are critical for the helicopter to perform.  If our parts aren’t correct, then the helicopter doesn’t perform.  Our motto in business is quality comes first, so we’re all about quality,” said Alpha Q President Stephen Prout. “The […]

  • WorkinCT: Giv Coffee gives coffee farmers a better life

    Jeff Brooks made a confession that would change his life forever. “Eight years ago, I was actually sitting across from my wife at a hotel in Vietnam, and I was telling her about a secret addiction to heroin that I’d been carrying for multiple years. It was the point when God was like, ‘We’re not going to do this anymore. This is the end,’” said Jeff Brooks, co-owner of Giv Coffee. After flying back home, and going through counseling and […]

  • WorkinCT: Hartford’s Story and Soil nearing one year in business

    HARTFORD — When Michael and Sarah McCoy were looking to open up a business, the where was a given. They wanted to open up in one of Hartford’s neighborhoods outside of downtown. The what ended up being a specialty coffee shop. “We didn’t think there was a fantastic coffee shop in town, so we saw it as a whole, as a need in the city,” said Michael McCoy, co-owner of Story and Soil Coffee in Hartford. Along with Michael Acosta, […]

  • Unionville teen diagnosed with Lyme disease gets wheelchair ramp for home

    UNIONVILLE —  Two years ago Troy Murphy got the diagnosis that would change his life. He found out he had Lyme disease and related co-infections. Soon, he went from being an active ten-year-old boy to a bedridden young man in constant pain. “He’s in a hospital bed in our living room. He has a feeding tube. He can’t walk. He can’t sit upright,” said Alison Murphy, Troy’s mother. That’s an improvement. Now 13-year-old, Troy is doing a little better thanks […]

  • WorkinCT: Toby’s Treasure Box benefits your pets and vets

    NEWINGTON — Kyle Knight bought the Newington Pet Spa location three years ago and since then has been grooming dogs of all shapes and sizes. “We handle a lot of hard to work with dogs and elderly dogs, that’s what we specialize in,” said Knight. While working on those dogs and talking to their owners, Knight came up with the idea of Toby’s Treasure Box, a subscription treats and toys box that’s customizable. “Some dogs have allergies. Other dogs have […]

  • WorkinCT: Against All Odds Personal Training

    GLASTONBURY — When trainer Tyrek Pratt works with Gary Korman, he offers words of encouragement and perfects his form. He does the same with Nanette Dobkin. “Be out a little bit wider, make sure when we pull, we pull with our lats,” Pratt said as she did pulled her chin up to the bar. But the conversations Pratt has with his clients go beyond that. Pratt hopes to be more than a personal trainer, he also aims to be part […]

  • WorkinCT: Greenskies bringing solar energy to Connecticut schools

    MIDDLETOWN — Project after project,  Greenskies Renewable Energy is putting solar panels and arrays on top of buildings. “We started about ten years ago and have grown the company to this size with building on top of commercial rooftops as well as municipal rooftops,” said Stanley Chin, CEO of Greenskies Renewable Energy. Greenskies has 75 employees in the New England area with most of them working out of Middletown. “This is our NOC, network operating center, and this shows a […]