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.
GLASTONBURY — When Phil McInerney walks through the woods, his eyes light up. He’s always looking for the raw material that will shape his next creation for his company, Flocco Designs. “I’m the kind of person that when I’m driving around, I’m looking at the trees, which isn’t the safest thing, but I’ve just always been fascinated and amazed with them. I feel like I have a weird connection with the trees and the wood,” said McInerney. That connection was […]
Serving customers has been the story on Station Street in Simsbury. Welden Hardware has lasted through the decades. “The store’s been here for 130 years, since 1889, always in the same location, in the center of Simsbury. It’s always been a hardware store. It’s always been Welden Hardware. We are the fifth owners of this business,” said Melissa Brett. Melissa Brett and her husband, John, took over the business 15 years ago. John had been with Welden for 31 years, […]
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 […]
When Nina Klobukowski sits down at the piano and plays, it looks effortless as she perfects her skills with her teacher, Kevin Wyman. “First, I play my music, maybe once through. If something’s really major or sticking out, Kevin will point it out and then we’ll work on it,” said Nina Klobukowski. Nina has been a student at the Middlesex Music Academy in Middletown for four years, and in that time, she says she’s learned valuable lessons. “I’ve learned a […]
FARMINGTON — As the search for Jennifer Dulos approaches 40 days, her estranged husband has released a public statement. Fotis Dulos, who pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering charges in connection with Jennifer’s disappearance, said he worries about his children and Jennifer. My children are the center of my world. I worry about them and Jennifer, and I would tell them that I know it is hard now but everything IS going to be alright eventually. I understand the public’s […]
WETHERSFIELD — There’s no need to be quiet in this book store. Not when Trivia Night is happening. “I hope they have lots of fun,” said Isabelle Opper, manager of That Book Store. A fun place for the community is what That Book Store hopes to be. It opened a year ago on the Silas Deane Highway in Wethersfield, after the Opper family moved to Connecticut from Florida and saw a need in the community. “Four years ago, we moved […]
PLAINVILLE — Specialty coffee shops have been perking up the coffee scene here in Connecticut and nationwide. “The coffee industry is definitely changing,” said Harrison Poltorak, Owner and Operator for Rebel Dog Coffee Co. In 2017, it was time for a change for Poltorak and his business partner, who would create Rebel Dog Coffee Company. “My business partner, Peter Lemnotis, owned a restaurant in Plainville. It’s called Confetti Restaurant. He owned it for 20 years, and after a while, he […]
NEW CANAAN — Jennifer Dulos, 50, was reported missing on Friday. The mother of five children was last seen dropping off her children at school in New Canaan that morning, and the same day, her empty black 2017 Chevrolet Suburban was found in Waveny Park. Police were back at the park Wednesday searching with K9s. Late Wednesday, police announced that Jennifer’s disappearance is being treated as a missing persons case, but an additional criminal investigation is underway to determine if […]
Stone walls and open pastures are the hallmarks of the New England countryside. These iconic images are rooted in an industry older than our country. Family dairy farms used to dominate the landscape, but lately are disappearing in Connecticut. Brookfield Farm in Durham is just one of the many family-owned dairy farms in the state. It’s been around for generations. “My ancestors started the farm in the 1720’s when it was deeded to my family from the King of England […]
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, […]