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Award-winning journalist Amanda Raus is a reporter and anchor for the FOX61 News.

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 #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 […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: The Jackson Laboratory expands its workforce and research

    FARMINGTON — When Dr. Olga Anczukow-Camarda came to the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine two years ago, she was attracted to the excellence of its scientific research and the scientists she would be working alongside. “Every single person that works with me in the lab is either born in Connecticut or has been trained in Connecticut, either at Yale or UConn, and it’s always good for a lab to have access to all those talented and extremely driven people,” said Dr. […]

  • Hundreds of job seekers meet with employers at Get Hired Hartford

    HARTFORD — For Doreen Reyes of Naugatuck Get Hired Hartford was all about meeting face-to-face with potential employers. “I need a job.  I had a job and then I left it for a better position and then the position got closed, so I really need an administrative assistant or executive assistant position,” said Reyes. Balford Thomas from Windsor also tried his hand with some of the big name companies at the job fair. “Stop and Shop, Big Y, Yard Goats,” […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Get Hired Hartford matches 2K job-seekers with employers

    For American Eagle Financial Credit Union participating each year in Get Hired Hartford has been a tremendous return on investment. “There are so many thousands of people that come to this event.  It’s just great to put a name with a face and connect with people and help them find an opportunity either here or at other employers,” said Dorca Rodriguez, an American Eagle Financial Credit Union HR Generalist. Since then, there are about 2,000 people who walk through the […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Newington gym owner takes swing at axe-throwing business

    Ready, aim, throw! At Montana Nights Axe Throwing in Newington, it’s all about technique. “It’s really fun.  It doesn’t matter how strong you are.  It’s really a technique thing.  You can be the biggest, strongest person in the room and still get out thrown by a little person,” said Dan Rifkin from New Britain. Rifkin has been practicing.  He went three times in two weeks. While Katy Prefontaine told us it was her first time trying axe throwing. “It’s something […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Push for new talent in advanced manufacturing

    Shawn Dow is fairly new to Phoenix Manufacturing in Enfield. “I was an auto mechanic before. There’s only so much you can do in the auto field without owning your own business, and here you can really expand your knowledge and abilities to do different things,” said Shawn Dow, who is a milling machinist. He got on-the-job training working with his fellow machinists to learn how to make the complex aerospace components Phoenix Manufacturing puts out for military and commercial […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: CT Virtual Golf lets you play all year round

    Nine-year-old Anthony Vasilakos is emerged in a land of virtual reality. “So these are like little robots. I never knew what they really are,” said Anthony Vasilakos from Watertown. But he knows how to shoot them to get the high score in this virtual reality game. It’s just one game that can be put on the big screen at CT Virtual Golf in Waterbury. “You can really see everything around you, and it’s like you’re in the video game,” he […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: McDonald’s makes $84M investment in CT restaurants

    WINDSOR —  The McDonald’s on Bloomfield Avenue in Windsor has a new look both inside and out. “We’ve really expanded things, renovated things to make them great for the customer,” said Roger Facey, the Windsor McDonald’s Owner Operator. Inside, the dining room is more modern. There are new digital screens behind the counter and new kiosks for customers who want to put in their order themselves. Outside, there are new spaces for curbside pickup for mobile ordering and two lanes […]

  • WorkinCT #CTConfident: Local Restaurant Grows Into Pasta Sauce Producer

    EAST HARTFORD — Diners have been coming to Roma Restaurant in East Hartford since it opened in 1982. It’s an authentic Italian restaurant that serves up dish after dish including pasta with its now famous sauce. “After they’d finish their meals, they would come up to me and say, ‘Can we have some sauce to take home?’ Of course I was very generous, and I gave them a to-go container to take home with them. Well it happened again and […]