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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
  • 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 […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Forging company forges ahead creating parts for aerospace manufacturers

    CHESHIRE —  Inside Consolidated Industries in Cheshire forging machines and employees are working in sync hammering out parts for aircraft. “In this facility, we hammer parts. We use CNC controlled hammers, and we also press parts,” said Vic Venettozzi, Consolidated Industries VP and General Manager. “We’re one of those companies that you don’t know it, but generally if you’re flying on a seven series aircraft, if you see a helicopter flying over, more than likely, there’s Consolidated parts in that […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Kaman WALK program aims to promote women into leadership roles

    When you think of Kaman in Bloomfield, you think about the commercial and military aircraft the company sends up into the air.  Inside Kaman’s buildings all across the US are the people who make those aircraft fly.  About 25 percent of Kaman employees are women. “In a typical aerospace type of environment or even distribution, primarily dominated by men, but we’re starting to see some of that change, and we’re really trying to target where we can bring women into […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Bistro on Main helped by Manchester Road Race Honors Club

    MANCHESTER  — Tony Small, Jr. says he grew up in the kitchen. But after going to a culinary high school in Hartford, he felt a little lost. “It was like, yay, I graduated high school, but I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,” said Small. His sister told him about the MACC chefs program. Tony says he learned more there than in his four years of high school. After completing the program, he was offered a job as […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: New CEO of Trinity Health of New England says it’s all about the community

    When Dr. Reginald Eadie came to Trinity Health of New England from Michigan, he hit the ground running, quickly interacting with the patients and staff at the organization’s hospitals like St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford to see what they have to say about the level of care. “My leadership style is let’s find out while we have the community in our place, in our house. So having walks around the hospital, interacting with the physicians, with the […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Security Uniforms in New Britain is getting ready to celebrate its 100th year in business.

    “We started in 1919 across the street. My grandfather and grandmother had a store that sold dry goods. They sold anything they could sell to make a living,” said Ross Gottlieb, who owns Security Uniforms. For Ross Gottlieb retail has been part of his family for nearly a century. What started as that store across the street morphed into a women and men’s clothing store, moved across the street and eventually sold uniforms. “In about 1965, at the request of […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Quinnipiac University’s new president looks at school’s future

    Doctor Judy Olian is still settling in her office at Quinnipiac University, but she’s already learning about what QU offers. She says she has a natural curiosity and loves interacting with the school community. “I spent the first few months really meeting with as broad a portfolio of individuals as possible to learn and listen,” said Dr. Olian, who started as Quinnipiac’s President on July 1. That’s why she has office hours every three weeks. She says she’s already been […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Capital City Education Alliance painting bright future for local students

    At Capital City Education Alliance, the power is in the paintbrush. Each brush stroke teaches valuable lessons to the students served. “Kids either paint their school, or they refinish furniture, that’s what our older kids do, and there’s a huge sense of accomplishment when you take something ugly, broken, dirty, and turn it into something painted, pretty and saleable,” said Martha Guidry, Executive Director of Capital City Education Alliance. Just like the organization’s current space on Arbor Street in Hartford […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Newtown Communications Company celebrates 35 years with women at the helm

    If you drive on Route 25 in Newtown, you may have passed it. LMT Communications sits in a barn-style building right off the roadway. Inside, production on a magazine is taking place. “We as a company publish a single trade magazine, Business to Business. It’s a magazine for dental laboratory owners and managers and it’s a business management marketing strategies magazine,” said Judy Fishman, CEO and Publisher at LMT Communications. Judy Fishman started the business 35 years ago, taking a […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: New Haven business brings freshness to cocktail mixers

    The scent of lemon filled the New Haven building for Fresh Bev as fresh produce made its way through the machines on floor. These machines are making a line of fresh cocktail mixers called RIPE Liquid Produce. “We started this based on the fact that there was no commercially available fresh mixers in the marketplace in 2008 when we first conceptualized the company, and that’s still true today,” said JD Altobello, VP of Sales for Fresh Bev LLC. JD Altobello […]