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Award-winning journalist Amanda Raus is an anchor for the FOX61 Morning News weekdays from 4 a.m. to 10 a.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: Stanley Black and Decker CEO reflects on company’s history

    When Jim Loree took over as President and CEO of Stanley Black and Decker two years ago, he tasked the company with finding its mission. “We had so much success over the years, and it struck me that there was something about our history that differentiated us or gave us our purpose, and we tried to dissect that actually,” said Loree. It looked back over the years, studying the history and interviewing employees to find the two qualities that it […]

  • WorkinCT: End of an era with Lahey’s retirement from Quinnipiac

    HAMDEN — John Lahey knew this day was coming five years ago when he signed what would be his last contract with Quinnipiac University. “For a very practical level, I wanted to make sure I did retire when I was as close to my A game as possible,” said John Lahey, outgoing President of Quinnipiac University. On Saturday, June 30, he’ll leave his office and pass the reigns to Quinnipiac University’s next president, but he’ll look back on his 31 […]

  • WorkinCT: Hartford Flavor Company spices up liqueur industry in Connecticut

    HARTFORD — The flavored liqueurs are brewing at Hartford Flavor Company. It’s been in business for about three years now and already has its product in seven states including Connecticut. The concept of Wild Moon Liqueurs didn’t start in the Hartford production facility, it started at home. “I did the cranberry for Christmas gifts about, I want to say, eight years ago now, and then about six years ago, I became gluten-free and chemically intolerant to all of the additives […]

  • Kids learn about train safety ahead of Saturday’s Hartford Line launch

    On Saturday, June 16, there will be even more trains passing by on the tracks in Wallingford. “We’re going to go from six trains a day to 17 trains a day. Those are roundtrip trains, so actually, 34 trains passing through Wallingford,” said Richard Andreski, Bureau Chief, Public Transportation State of Connecticut. They’ll go all the way down to New Haven and up to Springfield, Massachusetts as part of the new Hartford Line. “When we started this project, this was […]

  • WorkinCT: Decades-old family recipe turns into bustling business for a mother-daughter team.

    NEW HAVEN — It started in the 70’s with a quest for a better chocolate chip cookie. “I didn’t want a thin, crisp cookie like the ones that were being made, and I wanted it to taste like a little piece of cake, but have really strong flavor,” said Cynthia Rae, the Culinary Master at Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies. So, with her culinary school professor, Cynthia Rae got to work. “In the beginning, the first cookie really took a long […]

  • WorkinCT: Developer breathes new life into Fairfield’s Hotel Hi Ho

    FAIRFIELD — When you’re driving on the Merritt Parkway, the iconic Hi Ho sign lets you know you’re in Fairfield. “That sign is burned into my brain as a little kid in the back of my parents’ car, driving north to Bridgeport and seeing that neon sign meant we were only a couple of exits away from home,” said Edward Gormbley, Managing Partner for Workforce Partners. Over the decades, that sign, much like the Hi Ho Motel, fell into disrepair. […]

  • WorkinCT: Connecticut surgeon cared enough to share her heart

    HARTFORD — Images of her three children adorn Dr. Christine Finck’s office at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. But it’s her oldest, Isabelle, who started her motherhood journey in 2006 at the beginning of her career as a pediatric surgeon. “It was actually when I was first an attending, and I worked in Philadelphia first. One of the first nights that I happened to be on call, I did get the call in the middle of the night that there was […]

  • WorkinCT: Exclusive look inside Sikorsky as it gets ready for powerful military helicopter

    STRATFORD — This summer, Sikorsky’s Stratford plant will be assembling a state-of-the-art heavy lift helicopter for the U.S. Marine Corps. The first CH-53K King Stallion was delivered Wednesday to the Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina so the Marines can conduct a logistics assessment. Last year, Sikorsky was awarded the contract to build 200  King Stallion helicopters for the Marines, and production is set to start in Stratford within the next few months. FOX 61 was granted an inside look […]

  • Church gets donation from Manchester Road Race Honor Club

    MANCHESTER — We may be months past last year’s Manchester Road Race, but one organization is still reaping the benefits. On Tuesday, the Manchester Area Conference of Churches was given $8,400  from the Manchester Road Race Honor Club. The Honors Club program started last year, and allowed up to 100 runners to register for the race and pay $100. The money raised goes to a select non-profit agency in Manchester. “The help they provide at the food pantry and the […]

  • Colchester company tied to Sikorsky looking to expand its Connecticut footprint

    COLCHESTER —  Since 1964, Alpha Q in Colchester has been busy producing parts for the aerospace industry. The manufacturing floor puts out parts, while the Glastonbury Southern Gage side of the business makes sure every measurement is precise. “The parts that we do are critical for the helicopter to perform.  If our parts aren’t correct, then the helicopter doesn’t perform.  Our motto in business is quality comes first, so we’re all about quality,” said Alpha Q President Stephen Prout. “The […]