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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
  • Kent officials hold press conference to discuss upcoming plan to break up the ice jam

    KENT – Officials in Kent have been busy monitoring the Housatonic River every day since Saturday to track the possible changes of the ice jam. A press conference was held Wednesday night at the Kent Volunteer Fire Department to address possible alternatives to tackle the issue within the next few days. They said the best solution is to wait and see as it depends on the forecast. “A jam of this size and magnitude for so long is very rare,” […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Freedom paws owner appears in court; town of Vernon investigating pet shelter

    VERNON – A woman accused by some customers of selling sick pets appeared in court Tuesday morning. Since FOX61 first aired the story, the Town of Vernon has been looking into the woman’s pet shelter called Freedom Paws. The owner, Roberta Faltus showed up at Rockville Superior Court for 10 a.m. There were members of Desmond’s Army, an animal advocacy group along with the victim, Morgan Seeley. Shortly after the arraignment began, Roberta and her husband left on what’s called […]

  • Some Kent residents still not able to return home

    KENT – Several residents  evacuated out of their homes after their street was flooded from the ice jam are still not able to return home. Mike Petrone, the Kent Ambulance Chief, said some people will still be out of their homes Sunday night as well. Kent officials and DOT are continuing to monitor the river and the ice, as  they have concerns about more ice jams. The town’s shelter is still open. It was around 9 a.m. Saturday when fire […]

  • PD: Middletown High School student brought confederate flag to school

    MIDDLETOWN — Middletown police are investigating an incident involving a white male student posting on social media and showing of a confederate flag. Students tell FOX61 the post was originally shared on Snapchat, which didn’t take long to go viral. “I broke down in tears because I was just very distraught,” said Diamond Rose-Daniels, a senior at Middletown High School. Diamond said the student is from Durham but attends Middletown High. Superintendent of Middletown Schools, Dr. Michael Conner, said he couldn’t […]

  • 2 Sam’s Club stores in Connecticut closed; 155 employees impacted in Orange

    MANCHESTER — Sam’s Club Stores in Manchester and Orange were closed Thursday, according to signs at the two stores. Customers were caught off guard and workers are now left to look for new jobs. “I got to go home and figure out what to do and see if I can pick it up in Newington but I don’t want to go there! I live in Manchester,” said Nancy Hemingway of Manchester. Hemingway made a purchase online that was over $200 and was notified to pick it […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Manchester woman speaks out on puppy’s death from shelter; Freedom Paws owner faces charges

    VERNON — A local woman is warning other dog lovers to beware of a shelter she bought her puppy from. Now, she is holding that puppy shelter responsible after her puppy died just a few days before she was even able to bond with it. Morgan Seeley, 29, of Manchester said the puppy was supposed to be a Christmas gift to herself, but she quickly realized something was wrong. Seeley provided a painful audio recording of her 5 and a […]

  • Connecticut Sun basketball player works with young children at the YMCA basketball clinic in Bloomfield

    BLOOMFIELD – There is nothing more exciting than learning how to play basketball through one of the top players in Connecticut. Just like any career, Connecticut Sun player Chiney Ogwumike said it requires hard work to get to the top. “It’s more than a game. I mean, we all are ambassadors of our community,” said Ogwumike. Ogwumike said she knows all too well as she once was one of these eager kids. “Being in Connecticut has definitely been an adjustment. […]

  • Winning numbers pulled for $450 million Mega Millions jackpot

    NEWINGTON— The Mega Millions winning numbers are 70,59, 30, 28, 39 – 10. The top prize was raised ahead of the drawing Friday night. Lottery officials also increased the jackpot of Powerball, the other national lottery game, to $570 million. That drawing will be Saturday night on FOX 61. The jackpots refer to the annuity options for both games, in which payments are made over 29 years. Most winners opt for cash options, which would be $281 million for Mega […]

  • New Haven, Branford deals with aftermath of snow storm

    NEW HAVEN/BRANFORD – As many of us stayed inside and watched the big snowstorm pass through Connecticut Thursday, there were also people who were out and about whether it was traveling for their jobs or helping to clear the roads. New Haven and Branford were two of the many areas who were hit hard. The snow started to taper off  in New Haven around 5 p.m. and in Branford, there were still a few flurries until 10 p.m. “It’s been […]

  • Bristol tree service see a rise in business due to cold and incoming snowstorm

    BRISTOL — As Connecticut braces for a Nor’easter Thursday morning, many people will still be out in the bulk of the storm making sure others stay safe and warm. Lachance Tree Services said this has been their busiest year and with the storm hitting Thursday, they are expecting a ton of emergency phone calls, one of them being for power outages. That is why the demand for firewood has been at an all-time high as people are afraid they will […]