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Esther reports for the 4 and 5 p.m. news at FOX61. Esther is very active on social media and loves connecting with viewers there, where she has developed and broken many stories.

Esther comes from 5NEWS, a sister station in Fayetteville, Arkansas. During her year there, Esther was a field reporter and fill-in anchor. She covered several prominent events like the LPGA Tournament, the Walmart Shareholders Meeting, and The Bentonville Film Festival. She covered a plane crash carrying a former Walmart CEO and dug into documents of a historical home of a famous aviator, set to be demolished. Her coverage was able to help save the house. She also covered many presidential candidate visits like Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Donald Trump.

Esther is a graduate of Temple University, in Philadelphia where she calls home. She studied Journalism, and is the self-proclaimed, Intern Queen, graduating with 15 competitive internships across New York City, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. Some of those internships include NBC10 and FOX29 in Philadelphia, News 8 in Lancaster, PA, and Time Inc., Hearst magazines, and NBC News in New York City.

During her NBC News internship, she had the opportunity to help cover the election of Pope Francis and The Boston Marathon Bombings, which won the NBC News Specials team an Emmy Award during her time there. Also as an intern, Esther has online articles appear on Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Woman’s Day, Country Living and Philadelphia magazine.

Esther was inspired to become a journalist after watching Nick News with Linda Ellerbee, which was the longest-running kids’ news show in television history. Years later, as a sophomore in college, Esther was able to intern for the news show that motivated her career, working under one of her biggest mentors, Linda Ellerbee. While at Nick News, Esther assisted on-set at interviews with Seth Myers and at HBO Studios with Gloria Steinem.

Esther is a strong believer in gaining internship experiences, and loves giving back by now helping student journalists get their start in the field. She is on the communications advisory board at Manchester Community College, and frequently speaks to their communications classes. She also loves emceeing different events in the community.

In her free time you can find Esther cheering on Philadelphia sports teams, especially The Philadelphia Eagles.

Recent Articles
  • First on FOX61: Terryville dentist defends himself after giving 3-year-old multiple crowns

    TERRYVILLE — Doctor Ammar Idlibi explained what went through his mind in the operating room while working on a 3-year-old girl. About two years ago, the girl’s mother took her to the dentist to get a crown. But, when the girl came out of the operating room, she had eight instead of one. Idlibi argued to the Connecticut State Dental Commission Panel back in September that the mother had signed a consent form. The form, he said, gave him freedom […]

  • Silver alert issued for missing 87-year-old from Willimantic

    WILLIMANTIC — Willimantic Police are trying to find 87-year-old John Bennett. He was last seen Tuesday. He’s described as a white male with grey hair and an unknown eye color. There’s no description on what clothes he may be wearing. If anyone has seen Bennett, police ask to contact them at 830-465-3135.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Hartford mom whose son lost two fingers picking up an explosive speaks out

    HARTFORD — The mother of a teenager who lost two fingers after picking up some kind of home made explosive, speaks out. She said she feels helpless because there was no way she could have helped her son because it looked like a piece of trash in a friend’s backyard that he was picking up, not an explosive. “It’s scary but he’s strong, and he’s gonna make it through it, no matter what, he’s a tough kid and he’s keeping […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Father of Bristol accident victim calls for change

    BRISTOL — On October 1st,  a mother was killed crossing Route 6 in Bristol. That woman is 48-year-old Marlene Shepard. On the first day of October at around 8 p.m., 48-year-old Marlene Shepard was struck dead by a car as she was crossing  Route 6 in Bristol. While the driver stopped and was unharmed, Shepard died, leaving behind three sons, and her father Peter Varhol in anguish. Varhol said his daughter lived about two houses down from the intersection of Farmington and Jerome Avenue […]

  • People gather in New Haven to protest Kavanaugh’s confirmation

    NEW HAVEN –Brett Kavanaugh has been confirmed by the United States Senate for a life long appointment to the Supreme Court. Many people in Connecticut have a mixed reaction to this. Saturday in New Haven the Connecticut alliance to end sexual violence and community partners gathered on the steps of the New Haven courthouse to express their frustration to his confirmation. This was part of a larger movement happening around the country where thousands of people protested the confirmation of […]

  • 8 people including infant, taken to hospital following fire in Hartford

    HARTFORD — Eight people including an infant, were taken to the hospital following a fire on Willard Street Wednesday. Firefighters said that the fire started on the third floor of the apartment complex. Heavy smoke was said to be coming out of the third and fourth floors. Many of the residents needed help from the fire department to get out of the building because the smoke was so bad.  Six people including an infant, were brought to the hospital to […]

  • Following South Windsor childcare controversy, Rabbi steps down from town council 

    SOUTH WINDSOR — A rabbi at a South Windsor synagogue is stepping down from the town council after controversy surrounding an after school care program being headed up by a registered sex offender. Many parents in South Windsor are scrambling to find a place to take care of their children before and after school after a program that was set to begin Monday, was suddenly pulled. Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor was supposed to have an after school daycare running on […]

  • 2 students arrested for video showing them having sex in New Britain High School classroom

    NEW BRITAIN —  Police said two students were arrested Thursday after a video online shows the students having sex inside a classroom. New Britain Police Department said the video was brought to their attention by personnel of the New Britain Board of Education. Police said the incident occurred at New Britain High School. Police said detectives immediately followed up on the complaint and confirmed the existence of the video. “The two juveniles involved in the sexual act were identified on Friday, […]

  • Bristol police investigating two separate crashes that killed one and severely injured another

    BRISTOL — Two crashes happened along Route 6 in Bristol within hours of each other sending two people to the hospital with serious injuries. Bristol Police Department said around 8 p.m., they responded to a woman struck in the middle of the road by a car as she was crossing the street. Bristol police, fire, and EMS were called to the scene. Police said a gray sedan hit the woman and then pulled over. The driver was the only person […]

  • Third lane on I-84 in Waterbury now open

    WATERBURY— There shouldn’t be as much traffic in Waterbury now that a new lane is open. Due to last week’s heavy rain, the planned lane expansion on I-84 in Waterbury was postponed. Connecticut DOT said it’s because crews were behind on some final touches, causing the delay in the expansion. The project adds a third travel lane on I-84 westbound along with full width shoulders in each direction along a three mile stretch of the highway. This should not only […]