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30-time Emmy Award-winning reporter Jim Altman came to FOX61 in 2005 after some memorable stops along the way.

Altman has covered most major news events in the state over the past dozen years at Fox as well as hosting his popular weekly travel segment “Daytrippers”. Jim has toured the world on assignment for FOX61 including reporting from the shores of Cuba, to the streets of Ireland, and to the sidelines of the Super Bowl.

In his time at FOX61, Jim has been the recipient of numerous News Emmys including awards for Feature News Reporting, Spot News Reporting, Health and Science Reporting, Sports Reporting, News Writing, and an array of awards for Outstanding News Talent. This year Jimmy became a 30-time recipient; Honored with Emmy Awards for Feature News Reporting, best Arts and Entertainment Segment, and Overall Sports Reporting. Additionally, Jim was recognized with this year’s New England Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing.

Jim began his career at NBC as a member of the prestigious NBC Page Program. After NBC, Jim joined the staff of the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20 where, as an Associate Producer, he spent eight years traveling the country covering some of the network’s most high-profile stories and has a number of national production credits to his name.

When the on-camera bug bit him, Jim landed his first full-time on-air job at WAMI-TV, Miami as a reporter for the critically-acclaimed South Beach News Magazine “The Times”. He also hosted the Mervyn’s Beach Bash, a nationally televised extreme sports program shot in Los Angeles.

Jim joined WSYX-TV (ABC/FOX) in Columbus, Ohio where he covered the Ohio State Buckeyes championship season. In just over two years in Columbus, Jim won four Emmy Awards for news reporting, including the Midwest Emmy Award for Best Feature Reporter.

In his spare time, Jim supports charitable causes. He spent seven years as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Telethon and still is involved in MDA events throughout the year. Jim also serves as emcee for fund raisers around the state and is especially proud to represent Hartford-based Camp Courant. He was named Camp Courant’s “Hero of the Year” in 2015 and The MDA’s Man of the Year in 2016.

Raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Jim is a graduate of Syracuse University and remains an avid Orange Fan. He also still admits to being a Redskins fan.

Recent Articles
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    FARMINGTON — It may be a far cry from March Madness, but based on the crowds at UConn Medical Center Friday, you’d never be able to tell they were actually gathered for “Match Madness.” The  pressure filled event known as “Match Day” happens at medical schools across the country., when fourth-year students learn if they’ve been admitted to their doctoral residency programs. As the clock struck noon Friday, about 84 UConn med students opened their envelopes and made their matches. […]

  • The USS Colorado ready to be commissioned

    GROTON —  On Saturday, the USS Colorado, becomes part of the silent service. The 377 foot submarine has come to the surface on the Thames River and the pride in Groton runs deep. Billed as a modern phenomenon, the Electric Boat built USS Colorado will be commissioned on Saturday. “It’s a true engineering marvel,” said Reed Koepp, the Colorado’s Commanding Officer. “It is the most technically advanced of the fleet and we’re very proud of the ship and the crew.” […]

  • Hartford St. Patrick’s Day parade expects a warmer welcome in 2018

    HARTFORD — The 47th annual Harford St. Patrick’s Day Parade has more pageantry and pizzazz this year, largely because the temperatures will be much warmer than the what the wind chills brought to the parade in 2017. “Break out your sunscreen,” laughed Eileen Moore, the parade chairwoman. Temperatures that could reach the 40’s are being warmly received by the parade committee and many of the bands and drum corps who suffered through last year. “It’s perfect for a parade,” she […]

  • Winter nor’easter warmly welcomed in Plantsville

    PLANTSVILLE — A foot of snow is helping  to boost business at Mount Southington and ski areas across the state. The recent rash of warmer weather and rain hampered conditions at Mount Southington where brown patches were prominent on a number of slopes and a thin layer of snow, challenged skiers and the bottom line. “We got about 10 to 12 inches here,” said Jay Dougherty, the general manager at Mount Southington. “It’s great to see our season continuing on, […]

  • Snow days are piling up for some Connecticut schools

    WETHERSFIELD — As the snow adds up, the chance that the school year ends on time begins to evaporate. That’s the case this year according to a number of school administrators challenged by the academic calendar that will surely be lengthened by yet another snow storm headed to Connecticut. “It’s a lot of snow days,” said Micheal Emmett, the superintendent of Wethersfield Public Schools. Emmett said he has had to cancel school four times this year, with the likelihood more […]

  • A high note for New Britain Public Schools music programs

    NEW BRITAIN — The bands in New Britain Public Schools have reason to play a victory song. Their superintendent just won VH1’s Save the Music Foundation’s 13th Annual Administrator Award for distinguished support of music education. Nancy Sarra, who has been superintendent of the Consolidated School District of New Britain for the past two years, was the sole winner and was presented the award in Nashville last month. Since 2015, the Save the Music Foundation has donated $325,000 worth of […]

  • Disabled veterans let it slide at Mount Southington

    PLANTSVILLE — Golf day or ski day? For 10 disabled veterans they chose the latter. A few times a year, Mount Southington teams up with the group known as “Leaps of Faith” and the day heads downhill. Leaps of Faith, based in Sandy Hook, brings in their volunteers to teach adaptive skiing to veterans. “They make the sport accessible to everybody, no matter your disability,” said General Manager of Mount Southington Jay Dougherty. Sliding down the slopes on his snowboard, David […]

  • ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign makes its way to Manchester High School

    MANCHESTER — It’s known as Bleedingcontrol.org, a nationwide initiative geared to educate and give hands-on training to people in hopes of helping victims in the early moments of an emergency. For the first time, the Manchester Fire Department brought their experts into Manchester High School to teach students at the Medical Careers Academy, the proper techniques of how to “Stop the Bleed”. “What we’re trying to do is empower the general public to take action and get involved before emergency […]

  • Maple syrup season in Burlington

    BURLINGTON — The sap has been flowing this season for Rob Lamothe, owner of Lamothe’s Sugar House in Burlington. Lamothe runs tubing across about 360 acres of Connecticut woods to make around 1,500 gallons of syrup each year. So far, 2018 has been productive. “Here we are on February 23rd and we’ve made a significant amount of syrup, I’m always optimistic,” Lamothe said. Lamothe added that cold nights and thawing days are keys to a good season. “22 degrees at night […]

  • Concerned for safety: Students, teachers, superintendents sound off on school gun violence

    EAST HARTFORD — A filled lobby at East Hartford High School Thursday brought students, teachers, school administrators and superintendents together,  to express anger and concern after the Parkland High School shooting. “We feel we have a special obligation to raise our voices in the aftermath of yet another school shooting.” said Fran Rabinowitz executive director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents. After President Donald Trump mentioned the prospect of arming a select groups of qualified teachers at schools, Rabinowitz […]