Kainani Stevens joined the Fox 61 news team in August of 2018.
She previously worked in Providence, RI and Springfield, MA covering a wide variety of sports and news stories.
Kainani’s passion has enabled her to report on some of the biggest sporting events in the nation. They ranged from the triumph of the Red Sox in the 2013 World Series, to the heartbreak of the Patriot’s loss to the Eagles in Superbowl 52.
A native of Maine, Kainani is a 2011 graduate of Northeastern University where she double majored in journalism and communication studies. She had the privilege of interning at NESN, 890 ESPN radio and WEEI-AM, where she was selected to report from inside the Red Sox clubhouse.
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Rob Gronkowski returned to Gillette Stadium Friday, but not on the field. Instead, he announced a partnership with Patriots Place and CBDMedic to bring cannabinoid products to football fans. The future hall of fame tight end is no stranger to injuries on the field, and now that he’s adapting to life post-NFL, he’s hoping to help others deal with chronic pain. “If you get hit in the quad, you get quad contusions it’s just throbbing man, that’s […]
The High School Football Patrol returns for the 2019 school year and it’s up to you to decide where the crew will go next! Nominees for Week 1 include your defending Class L champs Daniel Hand. South Windsor, North Haven and New Britain are also in the mix. Each week, FOX61 asks you –the fans –to tell us who you’d like to see featured every Friday night featured on our newscast. Tune in Wednesday night to see which game has […]
MERIDEN — It’s that time of the year again for high school football players to take the field in preparation for the upcoming season. But as players focus on their skills to best help their team, one thing coaches, staff and players have to worry about this time of the year, is the heat. Early high school sports that take the field towards the end of the summer, early fall practice, are football, cross country, soccer and field hockey. According […]
FOX61 first introduced you to the Wallingford Hawks, an under 12 hockey team that racked up several trophies en route to a New England Regional Championship. But it’s their tribute to their late assistant coach that has impressed so many. Scott DeFilio lost his battle with cancer during the season, but the Hawks rallied around the DeFilio family to dedicate the season to Scott’s memory. FOX61’s sports Kainani Stevens has their story.
The Wallingford Hawks finished their long season as New England Regional champions but it’s their battles off the ice may be even more impressive. The team’s assistant coach, Scott Defilio, passed away on November 29 after a long battle with cancer. The boys kept his helmet on the glass behind the bench, and each game a player would be awarded with best effort of the game and get to keep his helmet until the next game. Scott’s son Lorenzo earned the […]
NEW YORK — Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the top seeds in the women’s NCAA Tournament. The bracket was mistakenly put out early on ESPNU several hours before the network had its selection show on Monday night. In 2016, the men’s bracket was leaked online during the selection show. The No. 1 Lady Bears are the top team in the Greensboro Regional while defending champion Notre Dame is the first choice in Chicago. Mississippi State is the […]
EAST HARTFORD — Max Schachter wore his son’s University of Connecticut sweatshirt Thursday to the football game between UConn and Central Florida. Alex Schachter was killed in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. He had planned to apply to UConn and play trombone. His father has said the 14-year-old wore the shirt every day to school. UConn’s marching band played his favorite song, Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” at halftime and spelled out […]
WATERBURY – With summer winding down and kids from around the state soon gearing up for a return to school, local basketball standout and current St. John’s guard Mustapha Heron made sure young athletes had one final chance to hit the court before the school bell rings. Heron, in association with the Mustapha Heron Skills Academy, held the first annual Stop the Violence 14-and-under basketball tournament on Saturday in Waterbury. Games were held throughout the day between two locations, the […]
UNCASVILLE — Jasmine Thomas scored 27 points and the Connecticut Sun beat the Los Angeles Sparks 89-86 on Sunday to secure the fourth seed in the WNBA playoffs. Connecticut (21-13) will have a first-round bye and host the winner of No. 5 seed Phoenix Mercury and eighth-seeded Dallas Wings in the second round. Los Angeles (19-15) took the sixth seed and will host the No. 7 seed Minnesota Lynx in the first round. The Sun led 82-72 on Jonquel Jones’ […]