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Carmen Chau joined the FOX61 news team in April of 2017 as a nightside reporter.

Carmen is proud to call herself an 860 native where she is from East Hartford. Go Hornets! She then attended Eastern Connecticut State University for her undergraduate degree in Communications and Political Science. While at Eastern, she was heavily involved with the campus’s TV news station known as News 22. It was her first taste of the fast-paced broadcasting world and she knew it was exactly what she wanted to do. There, she anchored, reported, and also did behind-the-scenes work.

After graduating at Eastern, Carmen went to Quinnipiac University to receive her Master’s Degree in Broadcast Journalism.
She was lucky to have some of the most talented and inspiring professors of whom she now considers as her mentors. During her last year of graduate school, Carmen did an in-depth, multi-media piece on the controversies surrounding autism, where she interviewed two of her friends who carried this disability. Her graduate project had a lasting impact on her as she was able to understand the challenges they endure on a regular basis. She also participated in several Autism 5 Walks/Runs throughout Connecticut to help raise money for several organizations.

It was the summer of 2012 when Carmen got her first TV reporting job in Hagerstown, Maryland at WHAG-TV. Nervous to move seven hours away from home, it turned out to be one of the best choices she made. She spent three years there being a multi-media reporter and also anchored and produced the weekend morning newscasts.

With hopes to move up the map, she was lucky enough to call Albany, New York her next home in 2015. Spending two years at News 10 ABC, Carmen worked several shifts but consistently reported for the 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts, covering breaking news stories each day. That chapter closed in April 2017 where is now able to finally come back to Connecticut to join the FOX61 News team.

Carmen is thrilled to be able to cover stories that matter not only to her, but to her friends and family as well. During her spare time, she enjoys going for runs outside, doing yoga, spending time with her mom of whom she is very close with, and catching up on the latest shows on Netflix!

Recent Articles
  • GOP candidates for governor hold meet and greet forum in Glastonbury 

    GLASTONBURY – Another Republican candidate event was held Tuesday evening at the Riverfront Park Boathouse. This comes after Friday’s GOP Meet-and-Greet in Avon ended with Danbury Mayor and candidate for governor, Mark Boughton in the hospital after he collapsed. On Tuesday, Boughton was out and about with eleven other GOP candidates for governor to meet voters face to face. Voters told FOX61 they are concerned about Connecticut’s financial crisis but the candidates said they are confident in getting the state […]

  • AAA reminds pedestrians and drivers to be careful during St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness Celebration

    HARTFORD – For the first time in awhile, St. Patrick’s Day fell on a Saturday. Bars all across the country were packed with people this weekend who were out celebrating the luck of the Irish. Roads were busy in Connecticut since people were also celebrating the NCAA tournament also known as March Madness. One of the most popular bars in Downtown Middletown called Celtic Cavern was busier than ever as party-goers were decked out in green. “You know, between food […]

  • Utility crews from other states work on CT restoration efforts

    PRESTON –Recovery efforts are still underway after Friday’s storm swept through Connecticut with heavy rain and wind as thousands were left in the dark. One of the towns was Preston where a large tree crashed down. The forecast called for flooding, wind gusts up to 65 miles an hour and even snow. That is what Connecticut got Friday evening and now that the storm has passed, people are still dealing with the aftermath. “We started setting up a generator and […]

  • Rally held for New Britain pizza owners facing deportation Friday

    NEW BRITAIN – A married couple in New Britain is next in line to be deported back to their home country in Pakistan. They have been in the United States for close to 20 years and have even made a name for themselves in the community as business owners. Their pizza shop called Pizza Corner is located on busy Broad Street. Malik Rehman, 50, of New Britain is the owner and his love for pizza is indescribable. He has worked […]

  • US Coast Guard in New Haven prepare for upcoming nor’easter

    NEW HAVEN — Friday’s Nor’easter is supposed to bring a little bit of everything ranging from heavy wind gusts to snow. This is a storm the U.S. Coast Guard will be on standby for. The issue with this storm is not so much the snow this time but more so the coastal flooding. The U.S. Coast Guard said if snow and ice is involved, it could make their jobs more difficult. Coastal Connecticut and Long Island are expected to see […]

  • ‘I am the next school shooter’: Email to FOX61 leads to arrest of Vernon man

    VERNON — A threat to become the “next school shooter” ended with a Vernon man facing charges. On Monday night, the FOX61 newsroom got an alarming email message from Oscar Rodriguez, 24, who made the startling claim. When police went to arrest him at his Prospect Street home, they said he tried to fill the home with natural gas. The apartment building was then evacuated without injury. Rodriguez now faces threatening and breach of peace charges and was in court on Tuesday. […]

  • Junior Newtown alliance holds community vigil to remember victims in Florida shooting

    NEWTOWN – There was a huge crowd lighting candles at the Blue and Gold Stadium of Newtown High School Friday evening to honor the victims of the Florida shooting. It was an emotional night for a community who is no stranger to tragedy. Despite the pouring rain, hundreds of people still came out to show their support letting Florida know they are not alone. People shuffled into the stadium one by one with their umbrellas. There were parents, teachers and […]

  • Middletown man who crashed car into hospital then lit self on fire, recorded incident on Facebook live

    MIDDLETOWN — Officials have identified Steven Ellam, 27, of Middletown as the suspect who crashed his car into the emergency room entrance at Middlesex Hospital Thursday morning. Middletown Mayor Dan Drew said Ellam drove into the emergency room entrance around 10 a.m. FOX61 obtained a video on Facebook that shows the moments before the violent crash into the hospital’s emergency room. It shows Ellam recording himself on Facebook Live behind the wheel and he made a disturbing declaration. In the video you […]

  • Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin, police address the string of fatal car crashes involving teens in stolen cars

    HARTFORD —  There have been a string of deadly car crashes in Hartford recently and most of them involve teens in stolen cars. There have been so many, the problem has gotten the attention of not only police, but city and state leaders as well. Many of these crashes have killed several innocent lives. Hartford Police said they are working on ways to help teens turn their attention away from crime and also enforce stricter punishment. “Are there ways that […]

  • Hebron mother expresses concerns about her daughters’ reenactment of a school lockdown at home

    HEBRON – As people around the country are still trying to come to terms with the tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, one local mother and former teacher is trying to make sense of her two daughters’ recent disturbing behavior. The mother, Kathy Loiselle said her two daughters had a play date with a friend last week, just a couple days after the shooting in Florida. It started with them playing with their American Girl dolls and quickly escalated to them […]