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Esther is a morning news reporter at FOX61. She comes to FOX61 from a sister station in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

While at KFSM, Esther was a field reporter and fill-in anchor. There she covered several prominent events like the LPGA Tournament, the Walmart Shareholders Meeting, and The Bentonville Film Festival. She covered a plane crash carrying a former Walmart CEO and dug into documents of a historical home of a famous aviator, set to be demolished. Her coverage was able to help save the house. She also covered many presidential candidate visits like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Esther is a graduate of Temple University, in Philadelphia where she calls home. She studied Journalism, and is the self-proclaimed, Intern Queen, graduating with 15 competitive internships across New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

During her NBC News internship, she had the opportunity to help cover the election of Pope Francis and The Boston Marathon Bombings, which won the NBC News Specials team an Emmy Award during her time there. A writer at heart, Esther has written for Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Country Living and Philadelphia magazine.

Esther was inspired to become a journalist after watching Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, which was the longest-running kids’ news show in television history. Years later, as a sophomore in college, Esther was able to intern for the news show that motivated her career, working under one of her biggest mentors, Linda Ellerbee. While at Nick News, Esther assisted on-set at interviews with Seth Myers and at HBO Studios with Gloria Steinem. She is a strong believer in gaining internship experiences, and loves giving back by now helping student journalists get their start in the field.

Esther is ecstatic to call Connecticut home.

Recent Articles
  • Snowy Sunday gets cleared out quickly

    WEST HARTFORD — People woke up across the state Sunday morning to snow, which impacted many people’s morning and also caused some flight cancellations. In West Hartford many people were out in the center early to grab a hot cup of coffee. Crews were working there to clear the sidewalks and shake the snow off the awnings. Crews were seen laying salt on the ground as plow trucks cleared the roads and parking spots. At Bradley International Airport, some flight […]

  • More local residents attend flu clinics as flu-related in Connecticut deaths continue rise

    EAST HARTFORD — The flu epidemic continues to affect many in the state. This week new flu numbers were released and this weekend—more flu shot clinics were held. There’s been more than a dozen new deaths in Connecticut. In last week’s report, 63 deaths were noted. This week the number increased to 77. That’s an additional 14 deaths. Willie Hayes came to get his free flu shot Saturday at East Hartford town hall. There were a number of other flu […]

  • Millennial gets marriage advice from seniors

    WEST HARTFORD — On Valentine’s Day, some are just starting a relationship while others have been together for many years. One millennial is getting marriage advice from a couple that’s been married for almost seven decades. John and Barbara Sojka have been married for 67 years. They’ve been living at Brookdale Senior Living in West Hartford for about a year where they spend their days talking with their nurse Kathiria Maldonado. She’s 27-years-old, and newly engaged. She’s about to get married in September and […]

  • Scammers pretend to be from Poison Control to demand money

    FARMINGTON — The state’s poison control center number is being used in a scam to try to trick you out of your money. This scam is spreading around the country. Across Connecticut, people are answering phone calls that appear to be from the poison control center. The scammers spoof the number to make it look real, and it gets people to pick up. But then they’re hit with unexpected questions, or threats and demands for money. “The phone calls are […]

  • Crowd gathers in Middletown to get flu shots on State Flu Vaccination Day

    MIDDLETOWN— The flu epidemic continues to hit Connecticut. Today there were flu clinics held across the state to keep people healthy. It’s part of State Flu Vaccination Day. The Connecticut Department of Public Health is teaming up with local health departments to provide free or low cost flu shots at several locations across the state. DPH strongly encourages all Connecticut residents over the age of 6 months to get a flu shot. Today Fox61 was at a flu clinic in […]

  • Chuckles IX says early spring in Manchester

    MANCHESTER — On Friday morning Connecticut’s official groundhog, Chuckles IX did not see his shadow, predicting an early spring. Children and parents filled the Lutz Children’s museum in Manchester to hear the prediction. Manchester’s Mayor, Jay Moran announced Chuckles prediction after he was sworn in. “We miss chuckles the 8th she was awesome you know I had a special relationship with her,” said Jay Moran, mayor of Manchester. “He came to us just last year after an injury and five […]

  • Wallingford PD: Man crashes on I-91, tries stealing Good Samaritan’s car

    WALLINGFORD — Several people are injured after a Massachusetts man’s crime spree Wednesday morning. It started when Juan Laporte, 32, of Springfield, crashed a car on I-91 in Wallingford. A Good Samaritan stopped by to see if Laporte needed help. Laporte got in her car, and she drove him to the Sunoco gas station on South Colony Road with the intent of calling police. Instead, Laporte tried to take the woman’s car keys and tackled her to the pavement. A […]

  • New Britain court interpreter charged with trying to kidnap girl

    NEW BRITAIN — A man who works as a contracted interpreter in Connecticut’s court system has been charged with trying to lure a 12-year-old girl from a courthouse. Authorities said 28-year-old Mahfuz Alhamid, of Meriden, is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday on charges including attempted kidnapping. Police said Alhamid was working in New Britain Superior Court in September when he asked the girl if she had a boyfriend, asked for a kiss and hug, and asked if she would […]

  • Democratic gubernatorial candidates speak at transportation forum

    PLANTSVILLE — Transportation affects us all here in Connecticut from driving to buses and trains. But the state is lacking in many of those areas. Democratic and Unaffiliated Gubernatorial Candidates met today to discuss how to fix those problems at a transportation forum in Plantsville. They heard candidate comments about transportation and the many accompanying issues that affect the Connecticut economy and quality of life. “Connecticut was just ranked 47th in transportation in the country and Governor Malloy came out […]

  • St. Francis employees helps those in need of bundling up for the winter

    HARTFORD — Despite bone-chilling temperatures and snow that we’ve had, some people still don’t have a winter coat! Thanks to Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center employees who donated their winter coats, more people can have winter gear to keep them warm. The coats were hung at the Burgdorf/Bank of America Health center at Saint Francis in Hartford who said this is the most donations they’ve had in the past ten years. Volunteers cleaned all the winter gear before it […]