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.
It’s now been more than a year since John Ciulla took over the reigns as Webster Bank’s CEO, and in that time, he says Webster has remained committed to being the values-based and community-focused bank its always been while adding to Connecticut’s economic landscape. “We’ve always been really focused on trying to be part of policy discussions, on trying to help Connecticut and our other markets become more robust and viable from an economic perspective,” said Ciulla. To do that, […]
Cinder + Salt on Middletown’s Main Street is a store with a purpose. “The name Cinder + Salt is inspired by the residue of a weekend well spent – the smell of campfire on your clothes and the taste of saltwater on your skin, and I really wanted our company to be a beacon of eco-optimisms, so when people thought about it, they thought about the good times they were spending in nature,” said Rachel DeCavage, who owns the store. […]
A little habanero jam is kicking up the flavor in Glen Carney’s Plainville kitchen. “I realized there’s more to jam than just toast,” said Carney, who owns Uncle Carney’s Bootleg Habanero Jam. For Carney, there’s more to jam than just a growing business. It’s a labor of love that he learned from his grandmother. “It actually started by accident. A lot of friends, family enjoyed the first flavor, so with the knowledge I had to make it, I started to […]
WEST HARTFORD — The 2018/2019 academic year looked a little different than years past at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford. The school admitted its first male undergraduate students in its more than 80-year history. “Being a first year with male students, it was interesting to me, just being a part of something that was new and never done in Connecticut,” said Samuel Majek, who is a freshman biology major. He was just one of 100 men in […]
There is no shortage of beauty at Winterberry Gardens in Southington. A family owned business since 1985 that keeps expanding, they offer a variety of service for any experience leveled Gardner. From design, to irrigation, maintenance services that include fall clean up, lighting for both commercial and residential properties. They bring the color from their property to yours. Fox 61’s Rachel Piscitelli spoke with Bryan Stolz the CFO of Winterberry Gardens who explained “we do offer all of those service […]
One look inside The Pretty Face Place in South Windsor, and you’re met with pretty faces featuring wigs. About a year ago, Janice Webber added the wig boutique to the permanent-makeup business she started in 2011. “At the same time that I started my business, I was working as a home care nurse, which completely laid the foundation for the permanent makeup business. And I was working on clients that had alopecia or post-chemo where their hair did not grow […]
It’s been in the works for five years. Inside, room upon room offers a space to create. They’re designed to foster innovation. “We offer a great playground for anyone who’s ever had an idea for an invention and wanted to create. For anyone who has dreamt of learning welding, for learning how to sew, woodworking, CNC metal creation, turning wood on lathes, textiles,” said Devra Lee Sisitsky, Executive Director of MakerspaceCT. MakerspaceCT is 20,000 square feet in Hartford’s historic G. […]
It was 1994 when the Eli’s Restaurant Group opened up its flagship location, Eli’s on Whitney, not too far from what was then known as Quinnipiac College in Hamden. Fast forward 25 years, and the restaurant group has six locations. “Twenty-five years ago, you focus on different things and now you not only have to focus on food and beverage and hospitality, but the Internet has changed business completely. You’re doing things you never did before,” said Shawn Reilly, Eli’s […]
WEST HARTFORD — It’s a store that has outfitted men for more than four decades. Daswani Clothiers in West Hartford is now in its third generation. “My grandfather was in textiles. My father was a direct seller out of Hong Kong. He would come to the States maybe six, seven times a year, travel to Boston, New York, all the way to Cleveland, and eventually found Hartford by accident and settled here, catering to clothing all the insurance companies,” said […]
For Elyse Maldonado, her goal is a career in manufacturing. After seeing her dad and other family members work in the business, she wanted a job that was hands-on. “I just wanted to pursue my career and find something that I really wanted to do,” said Maldonado. Dacien Jones spent several years in carpentry, but found himself in jobs that weren’t stable. “This is a fresh start. It’s nothing to do with carpentry for the most part, so it’s refreshing,” […]