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.
MILFORD — It’s been four generations at a Milford staple. Arciuolo’s Shoe Store sits on Broad Street giving customers the same service they’ve come to expect over nearly 100 years in business. “We’ve basically kept the same what we call sit and fit service, which is, full service customer service,” said Matt Arciuolo, owner of Arciuolo’s Shoe Store. Though the technology may have changed, with pressure mapping and 3D imaging, the goal is still the same: to provide customers with […]
WEST HARTFORD — Inside Face It Medical Aesthetics and Spa in West Hartford, it’s a relaxation oasis. “It’s more than a service, it’s an experience,” said Anita Wolf, RN, who owns Face It Medical Aesthetics and Spa. The med spa offers experiences with Botox, fillers, facials, and vitamin infusions just to name a few. The treatments are clinical treatments which use medical grade products, something that sets them apart from traditional day spas. “In a medical spa, you have a […]
They are the craftsmen perfecting their design skills. “It`s awesome. The thing is, almost anybody can do it,” said Phil McInerney of Flocco Designs. The musicians finding the perfect tune. “I`ve learned a lot, how to control dynamics, complicated fingerings, rhythms, things like that,” said Nina Klobukowski, a student at Middlesex Music Academy. They’re the artists honing their craft. “It was something to keep me going, because if you do the same thing every day and you don`t get involved […]
From the start of 2019, a new administration led to new partnerships in the State of Connecticut. In January, Governor Ned Lamont joined the President of Webster Bank to announce interest-free loans for federal workers who were working without pay during the federal government shut down. “We’re really happy to do it. It’s simply the right thing to do. We were able to put it together quickly because it`s a pretty simple program,” said John Ciulla, CEO of Webster Bank. […]
On Adams Street in Manchester, there’s something brewing. Elicit Brewing Company is the latest venture by Eli’s Restaurant Group. “As business starts to evolve and develop and people are enjoying their time out dining in a completely different way, we were looking for new sorts of venues, new sorts of experiences,” said Ellis Reilly, Eli’s Restaurant Group Director of Business Development. With the huge craft brew boom in Connecticut, the answer became clear. “We took the brewery and kind of […]
TRUMBULL — For Jeanine Santilli, physical therapy has been her day-to-day for 24 years. Her specialty is home care. While she is passionate about her job, there’s something else she loves: baking cupcakes. “Who doesn’t like cupcakes? You know, cupcakes make me happy,” said Santilli, founder of Mother Fudger’s Cupcakes. So Santilli started talking to her family about creating her own cupcake business. “Knowing that I couldn’t do physical therapy forever, because it’s a physical job, I thought when I […]
MIDDLETOWN — There’s a store on Main Street in Middletown that will make children’s eyes go wide in amazement. In each aisle, there’s a new toy to discover at Amato’s Toy and Hobby of Middletown. “It’s a fun environment, the products are fun, you can play with them, you can learn about them,” said Diane Gervais, owner of Amato’s Toy and Hobby of Middletown. Amato’s has been in business for 79 years. It was started with a creation from Gervais’ […]
MANCHESTER — It’s the hustle and bustle before the big day, a tradition that runners look forward to each year. The night before the Manchester Road Race hundreds pack into the Elks Lodge for the annual spaghetti dinner. “We invite people who are registered runners for the Manchester Road Race to come share an evening with us, doing carbohydrate loading, we call it our pasta dinner,” said Jim Balcome, the Manchester Road Race Director. It’s a way for runners to […]
MANCHESTER — There’s a new option brewing right off Main Street in Manchester. “We have everything from golden ales, low alcohol percentage, all the way up to double IPA’s,” said Ryan Fagan, co-owner and head brewer of Urban Lodge Brewing Company. Urban Lodge Brewing Company opened its doors in August. It’s the creation of two brothers-in-law with a passion for craft beer. Michael Gerrity and Ryan Fagan started brewing five years ago, and a year and a half ago, they […]
It started with an idea and an itch to create. “We really started it with a grilling product, believe it or not. It was a wireless grilling thermometer that connected to the iPhone that I invented,” said Chris Allen, President of iDevices. That’s when iDevices was founded back in 2009. Ten years later, the innovative products keep coming. The latest is called Instinct. “It’s really intended to be unique in the sense that it has Alexa built into it, so […]