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Laura Roberts joined the FOX61 news team in April 2015. You can find her stories on FOX61 News at 4, 5, 10, and 11 p.m.

Laura is a Connecticut native who grew up in Prospect and graduated from Woodland Regional High School in Beacon Falls.

Prior to moving back to her home state, Laura spent two years reporting along the Gulf Coast for NBC2 (WBBH) and ABC7 (WZVN) in Fort Myers, FL. Before that, she covered news in the Pine Tree State reporting for WABI TV5 News in Bangor, ME.

Laura began her professional career in TV news as an assignment editor at New England Cable News. She also completed internships at NECN in Newton, MA and WTNH in New Haven, CT.

Laura graduated magna cum laude from Emerson College in December 2010 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. While at Emerson, she served as News Director of her college television station and won an Associated Press award for her coverage of the November 2010 elections. Laura was President of Emerson’s chapter of the Radio and Television Digital News Association.

When she’s not working, Laura enjoys singing, live music and theatre, reading, traveling and spending time with family and friends.


Recent Articles
  • 113 high school grads heading to college with Hartford Promise scholarships

    HARTFORD –Another class of Hartford public high school graduates are heading off to college thanks in part to Hartford Promise. It’s a college scholarship and college success program now in its second year. Tiphani Swaby, a 2017 graduate of Achievement First Hartford High School, is one of 113 students from 18 Hartford Public High Schools receiving the scholarship this year. She’s heading to the University of Pennsylvania to study biology. “College is seen as a necessity, but it’s priced as […]

  • Michelle Carter found guilty in Massachusetts texting suicide case

    TAUNTON, Mass. — The case was built largely on Michelle Carter’s own words, in the form of hundreds of texts messages exchanged with a vulnerable young man who killed himself in July 2014 by inhaling carbon monoxide in his pickup truck. A Massachusetts judge is due to deliver a decision Friday on whether those words were enough to convict Carter, 20, of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who was 18 when he took his life. […]

  • Connecticut state park visitors asked to pick up after themselves

    ENFIELD – Workers at Connecticut’s state parks are trying to keep the natural spaces as pristine as they can with limited resources and they’re asking the public to do their part too. Dennis Schain, spokesman at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), said workers deal with litter at parks around the state, but visitors at Scantic River State Park in Enfield seem to be the worst offenders. “We are concerned though that this is sort of an emerging […]

  • $2.2 million project to update Waterbury Green is complete

    WATERBURY — The temporary fence that has surrounded the Waterbury Green for just over a year will come down Thursday morning, according to city officials. In May 2016, Waterbury closed off the green to the public to complete $2.2 million in renovations and updates. It’s part of the Waterbury NEXT project paid for through a state grant. “The vision for this was to upgrade a lot of the amenities of the downtown green, but to keep its original character,” said […]

  • Simsbury residents split on solar farm proposal

    SIMSBURY – Residents in Simsbury are split about a proposal to put solar panels on old tobacco fields in town, but it’s the state that will have the final say. Deepwater Wind, headquartered in Providence, is calling the project The Tobacco Valley Solar Farm. It would be located on roughly 175 acres of a 280 acre site along County and Hoskins roads in Simsbury. The project was selected late last year after a three-state Clean Energy request for proposals (RFP) […]

  • Higganum man describes saving family member of missing swimmer

    HADDAM – Recovery efforts continue in Haddam after a 17-year-old from Meriden disappeared at Haddam Meadows State Park Sunday. Officials said Jay Agli, 17, of Meriden went into the river to assist his 19-year old sister who had been swept into the water from the sand bar. His sister was picked up by a nearby boater. In those terrifying moments, another family member of theirs jumped into the water too. FOX61 spoke with the good Samaritan who helped him to […]

  • DEEP identifies missing swimmer in Connecticut River around Haddam

    HADDAM — DEEP has identified the teen who is missing in the Connecticut Officials said Jay Agli, 17, of Meriden was trying to help his sister when he disappeared. He reportedly went into the river to assist his 19-year old sister who had gone into the water from the sand bar. His sister was picked up by a nearby boater. Emergency crews resumed searching at 8 a.m. Monday for a swimmer missing in the Connecticut River since Sunday afternoon. About  5:20 p.m., […]

  • Pets perish in fire at Southington firefighter’s house

    SOUTHINGTON — A fire that tore through a home in Southington Friday morning took the lives of two pets. Firefighters were called to the home on Todd Road just before 9 a.m., Friday. The driver of the first engine truck to arrive on the scene, firefighter Anthony Esteves, lived at the home with his parents. Esteves told FOX61 he was just getting back to the firehouse after responding to another call when he was called out again to his own address. […]

  • Connecticut lawmakers end challenging session

    HARTFORD, Conn. — State lawmakers have wrapped up what’s been a challenging legislative session. While they authorized a new tribal casino, the General Assembly failed on Wednesday — the final day of the session — to finish their biggest task. They still have to pass a new, two-year state budget that covers a projected $5 billion deficit. Lawmakers will have to return to the Capitol to reach an agreement with Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on a roughly $40 billion […]

  • Lawmakers pass stronger hate crimes bill

    HARTFORD  — Connecticut lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed what advocates believe is the strongest hate crimes legislation in the nation. Democratic and Republican senators said they hope Tuesday’s unanimous vote sends a strong message to the rest of the country that bigotry will not be tolerated in Connecticut. Senate Republican President Pro Tempore Len Fasano said the bipartisan nature of the bill, “speaks to a need of having to state a position for the state of Connecticut. We’re not going to tolerate […]