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Award-winning journalist Amanda Raus is a reporter and anchor for the FOX61 News.

As a Connecticut native, Amanda is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the stories that matter to the people in her home state. She loves to cover everything from breaking news to the stories that bring a smile to your face.

Prior to FOX61, Amanda spent eight years at WVIT, the NBC affiliate in West Hartford, where she was a general assignment reporter and a weekend anchor. She covered many major stories, spending nearly 14 hours on-air during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and braving the elements during Superstorm Sandy, Tropical Storm Irene and the blizzard of 2013. She was nominated for an Emmy award and won a Connecticut Associated Press Award for her coverage of the Joshua Komisarjevsky trial.

Before heading to WVIT, Amanda worked as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor at WSHM in Springfield, MA. She began her career as a freelance reporter and associate producer at News 12 Connecticut.

Amanda earned a Master of Business Administration from Quinnipiac University in Hamden and earned a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She grew up in Monroe and is a graduate of Masuk High School.

When she isn’t reporting Connecticut’s top stories, Amanda loves exploring all that our state has to offer. She loves visiting the shoreline during the summer and taking in all the gorgeous foliage in the fall.

Recent Articles
  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Local Restaurant Grows Into Pasta Sauce Producer

    EAST HARTFORD — Diners have been coming to Roma Restaurant in East Hartford since it opened in 1982. It’s an authentic Italian restaurant that serves up dish after dish including pasta with its now famous sauce. “After they’d finish their meals, they would come up to me and say, ‘Can we have some sauce to take home?’ Of course I was very generous, and I gave them a to-go container to take home with them. Well it happened again and […]

  • MGM Springfield to impact area with jobs, local business ties

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass.  — When you step inside MGM Springfield, the little touches are what make the biggest impact. One of the first things your see in the hotel reception are are books from the Springfield Library archives. Springfield authors incorporated into the wall of books, a Dr. Seuss chandelier hangs inside one of the hotel suites and there are antiques everywhere from the Brimfield Antique Flea Market. “We wanted it to be comfortable and we wanted it to feel like […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Back to school without breaking the bank

    WEST HARTFORD — Back to school shopping is something Johnnie Jackson and his son Jeremy know well. “Always need to get a new backpack, and he definitely needs to get some new clothes, maybe like two, three pairs of shoes,” said Jackson. They were already at the Westfarms Mall looking for sales. “I’m always looking for the shoe deals,” said Jackson. While young Sophie Dumais has her eye on the sports sales. “I like sports a lot, so I usually like […]

  • Nursing student, once homeless, offered job at Hartford Hospital

    Daisia Kai Walker is all smiles as she visits with the people she’ll soon be working with at Hartford Hospital. She thanks God for an opportunity that couldn’t have come at a better time. After having a falling out with her family, Daisia quickly found herself without a place to go. “That’s when everything started falling back down. I was basically homeless at that point,” she said. “I started wandering I would say. I found myself at the park at […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Martial Arts Studio teaches more than Taekwondo

    With each drill, the students at Styles United Transformative Martial Arts are perfecting their skills and learning the fundamentals of Taekwondo. “The kids come in here. We get a great workout, but they get a good workout through actually learning the art of Taekwondo,” said Alvaro Mendez, Owner of Styles United Transformative Martial Arts. For Mendez, seeing the transformation in his students goes beyond the physical. He puts a twist in his program, using his background in education to teach […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Still Hill Brewery an example of exploding local craft brew industry

    ROCKY HILL — It started with a passion for beer. “I started home brewing, probably about 11 years ago.  I started to get decent at it and friends and family started telling me I should open a brewery,” said Scott Barbanel, founder of Still Hill Brewery. After years of telling them they were crazy, Scott Barbanel thought they were on to something.  He went through training, got a degree in brewing and started Still Hill Brewery in Rocky Hill about […]

  • Suspect in New Haven murder confirmed to have been killed in Virginia; victim’s family reacts

    NEW HAVEN — New Haven Police confirmed the man shot and killed after a police chase in Virginia was Tramaine Poole, suspect in the death of a mother who was shot in front of her two children. Wednesday morning, Moore was involved in a shootout in Virginia with troopers and died as a result of the gunfire. A Virginia State Police canine was killed in the incident. New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell said in a press conference Thursday, ” I […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Steel manufacturer talks about educating CT’s future workforce

    When Joe Vrabely helped to start Atlantic Steel and Processing in Waterbury in 1999, his goal was to live up to the name ASAP and bring products to his customers as soon as possible. Almost twenty years later, his company is still turning steel into pieces for products worldwide. “If you see the big rolls of steel on the flatbed trucks as you’re going down the highway, this is what we buy. Then we have coil slitters where we slit […]

  • CT firefighters head out west to tackle wildfires

    MARLBOROUGH —  They geared up and headed out Friday morning in Marlborough. A crew of 20 packed their bags to head to Colorado to spend the next 14 to 21 days helping the U.S. Forest Service fight wildfires in the western part of the United States. They’re part of a special group that matches up DEEP staff with local firefighters. “These guys are trained. They’re all trained together, but they all have different qualifications within the crew incident command system, […]

  • 7 foot python found, wrangled in Avon

    AVON — Imagine being out in your backyard and coming face-to-face with a seven-foot snake! It happened at a home in Avon when a woman was out filling up her watering can outside. “It was on the stone on the slab and it worked its way down to the bush,” said Jason Indomenico, whose wife was the one who spotted the snake. They kept a close eye on the snake, watching and waiting until officers arrived. “I was worried about […]