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Award-winning journalist Amanda Raus is an anchor for the FOX 61 News at 5 and 11 p.m.

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: From one car to an international limo business

    When Michael Lindsey was in school, he thought he was going to be a stockbroker. However, just as he passed all his tests, Black Monday hit in 1987. “You couldn’t sell a mutual fund to your mother, and it was like, now what am I going to do? I had been driving, and I really enjoyed it, and I thought let’s come back to Manchester, and do, you know, I really thought I could do it and do it better […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: West Hartford Entrepreneur Creates Allergen Friendly Hot Chocolate

    When Ali Lazowski was in college, she knew something wasn’t right.  She was 22-years-old and really sick. “I just couldn’t get out of bed.  I thought I was going crazy.  I ended up in the ER and they told me to take a leave of absence from school,” said Ali Lazowski, Founder and CEO of Bare Life. Over the next five to six years, Lazowski found out she was suffering from thyroid cancer and Lyme Disease, among other illnesses.  At […]

  • The Power of Purple for #TeamEmma Delivers

    HARTFORD — The power of purple was on full display at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford.  That’s where one special girl helped to make a huge donation. Six-year-old Emma France has Craniosynostosis, a rare disorder that causes the skull to prematurely fuse before the brain can fully grow. Back in September, firefighters in Middletown wanted to show their support for Emma.  Her dad and uncle are both Middletown firefighters.  All month long, they sold Team Emma purple t-shirts.  The […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: From refugee to world champion barber

    WETHERSFIELD  —  He goes by MC Barber. His chair at his Wethersfield barber shop filled with client after client with requests for MC to get out his razor and scissors and create masterpiece. “We have clients that come every week, every two weeks, it’s really a good industry to be in right now,” said Merhan Cecunjanin or MC Barber. MC opened his first barber shop in Hartford in 2003, ten years after he came to Connecticut as a refugee. “I’m […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Chip’s Family Restaurants See Success in Expansion in CT

    ORANGE — George Chatzopoulos came to the U.S. in the 80’s from Greece and worked in the restaurant industry for years before Chip’s Family Restaurant in Orange caught his eye. “Here I am, having breakfast with my girlfriend at the time, 2002, at Chip’s Family Restaurant and I asked the waitress if the restaurant was up for sale, and she said yes, and I bought it,” he said. He says it was the menu at Chip’s that originally peaked his […]

  • 24 Hours to Hell and Back: What did the owner and his customers think?

    WATERBURY — There was no holding back at Vasi’s Restaurant and Bar in Waterbury, Wednesday. Chef Gordon Ramsay with “24 Hours to Hell and Back” was looking to turn around an in debt Italian restaurant. “When he comes into your restaurant, your space, there’s conflict,” said Vasilios Kaloidis, who owns Vasi’s. The dining room changed from a dark, classic Italian style to a more Mediterranean look. The menu was streamlined to compliment the look, going from an old school Italian […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: GoNation app attempts to boost small businesses across state

    What do you want to do? Where should we go to eat? They’re questions we all ask when trying to figure out plans. But what if the answer was right at your fingertips? Chaz Tanase is the CEO and Cofounder of GoNation, a free app that connects you to businesses in your community. “GoNation does two things. It is a pulse of a city where all of the small businesses can promote whatever they want, whenever they want, and users […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Body Construct Fitness in New Britain Has Workouts Catered to Women

    NEW BRITAIN — The classes at Body Construct Fitness in New Britain are looking to transform women’s bodies one rep at a time. Lori-Ann Marchese started Body Construct in 2011 after seeing the need for a workout catered to women. “I always had troubles training my body. I was kind of training with male trainers all the time, and I just wasn’t getting the results that I was looking for,” said Marchese. She created a routine for herself, and it […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Looking back at businesses shaping Connecticut

    Our great state is filled with businesses large and small. The talented workforce of Connecticut puts out products seen all over the world. Companies like Sikorsky are leading the way in military aircraft. “I’d put our engineering department up against anybody in the world. We design the best and safest and reliable helicopters anywhere,” said Dan Schultz, President of Sikorsky. The company puts more than 6,500 people to work in Stratford. While Sikorsky is making its mark in defense, Stanley […]

  • Hebron community comes to the rescue after Grinch steals Christmas gifts

    HEBRON —  A video showing what appears to be the Grinch stealing Christmas gifts from a Hebron home, made a lasting impression on the community. Maria McKeon said the man seen in the video stole all the Christmas gifts from her home, and many of them were supposed to go to a needy family in New London who McKeon adopted for the holidays. The children are ages three, five, and 10 and a newborn. The community wasn’t going to let […]

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