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Mike Magnoli comes home to Connecticut after four years in the bayou.

Landing at FOX CT allows him to be close to his family in Southington, and being back in the building on Broad Street is a return to his roots- his very first paying news job was at the Hartford Courant when he was still in high school.

Mike worked behind the scenes in CT television during and after college, but in 2008 when a Louisiana station called offering a reporter position; Mike packed up his jeep to begin his on-air adventures down South.

At KALB in Alexandria, Mike covered hurricanes, crime, racial tension in Jena Louisiana, and the U.S. Army at Fort Polk. He won first place Associated Press awards for breaking news coverage in 2009 and 2010 and was recognized for his investigative and feature reporting. Later at KATC in Lafayette, Mike was front and center during the Gulf Oil Spill.

Here at FOXCT, Mike has covered big stories in the state and the Northeast: The Aaron Hernandez Investigation, The Bridgeport Train Derailment, The Stamford Christmas Fire, the Boston bombing, snow storms, “super storms”… and on the lighter side, Mike has tested roller coasters on live TV, flown in the MetLife blimp, and grilled cos-play geeks at Hartford’s Comic Con.

Mike graduated cum laude from Marymount Manhattan College. While studying for his bachelors in communications, he interned with Fox News Channel, 20/20, ABC NEWS NOW and WABC New York.

Now living in West Hartford with his wife, Breanna (a news producer), his son “Prince” (an all black Maine Coon), and his daughter “Sandie” (a sheepdog/terrier mix), Mike tries and fails at yard work and fixing things around the house.

His news motto: “People are what make stories good.”

Recent Articles
  • Vietnam veterans remembered in East Granby

    EAST GRANBY – It has been 50 years since the first American boots hit the ground in Southeast Asia for the Vietnam conflict. This weekend at the Air National Guard base in East Granby, some special events were held to honor and remember those who served. The events were open to the public this weekend for free, so the younger generation could get a look at the Vietnam War, and veterans could gather to connect and share stories. Kgell Tollefsen […]

  • Costumed characters converge on Hartford ConnectiCon

    HARTFORD – What’s your pleasure? Video games? Anime? Movies? You’ll find a little bit of everything at the annual ConnectiCon – the comic con of the Northeast. Some people unfamiliar with conventions might ask what do you do there? There are video games. Panel discussions like this one with voice actors like John St. John, the voice of Duke Nukem. Another big appeal of coming to conventions like this is meeting new friends. The energy is contagious– and so is the […]

  • New details emerge in Avon jogging attack as suspect appears in court

    HARTFORD – New details in the Avon sexual assault case emerged as the suspect was arraigned Wednesday morning. Luis J. Ortiz, 29, was held on $2 million bail after being charged with first-degree sexual assault and kidnapping in connection with a sexual assault last month on Avon’s Canal Heritage Trail.  Ortiz was extradited from Massachusetts Tuesday and was brought before a judge in Hartford Wednesday morning. Fingernail scrapings taken from the woman who was sexually assaulted led police to Oritz, who […]

  • Andover father killed in front of son, police looking for suspect

    ANDOVER – A waterside community is in shock this holiday weekend, after a verbal altercation between two men lead to a deadly shooting. Residents on Lakeside Drive who witnessed the argument and the violence said a father was gunned down in front of his young son. Family members identified the victim as 38-year-old Jason Marchand. According to State Police, eyewitness accounts, and relatives,  at approximately 9:15 p.m. Friday, a man on a motorcycle pulled down a short gravel road that […]

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    Police cracking down on drunk drivers this holiday weekend

    HARTFORD – State police and local law-enforcement agencies are going to be on the lookout for drunk drivers this July 4th weekend. New laws just went into effect on July 1 and State Police put out an alarming statistic to let everyone know just how serious this is: in years past on the Fourth of July Weekend, 39 percent of all fatal crashes involved alcohol. Starting Saturday at midnight and running through Sunday at midnight, State Police will be involved in Operation […]

  • One-time sex offender arrested after being caught with child in ice cream truck

    WEST HARTFORD — A one-time adult sex offender is under arrest –after being caught with a child in an ice cream truck. The incident happened on Hillcrest Avenue — an area with a lot of apartments and a lot of kids. The suspect, 36-year-old Tylon Jarrett, is not supposed to be with anyone under the age of 16. Back in the late 90s, early 2000s, Jarett was involved in a case and according to the Hartford Courant’s coverage, he pleaded guilty to […]

  • New taxes on clothing, car washes starting July 1

    HARTFORD – Gov. Dan Malloy recently signed a new piece of legislation—part of which rescinds some of the tax hikes that were so controversial when the budget passed the Legislature back on June 3. But while there are some adjustments that will make things sting a little less, there’s also still some areas that will cause you to pay more. Here are six examples of your tax outlook: Connecticut’s income tax structure is about to change. For high-income households, the top rate […]

  • Torrington runner remembered with 5K

    HARTFORD- Despite the rainy weather, a nice crowd of runners came out to Rentschler Field Sunday morning, to pay tribute to a young man who lost his life while he was out for a run this past winter. Michael Walsh, 25, was struck by a snow plow on Main Street in Torrington back in January. Friends of the family organized this first ever 5K and the proceeds went to a cause Walsh was passionate about: helping the homeless. Walsh’s mother said […]

  • Suspect appears in court Monday after 4 shot, 1 killed at Hartford basketball tournament

    HARTFORD — A man will face a judge Monday after he was arrested in connection with a Saturday afternoon quadruple shooting at a youth basketball tournament. Roosevelt Holmes, 23, a convicted felon from Windsor, is facing multiple charges including Criminal Possession of a Firearm, Criminal Attempt/Assault First Degree, Reckless Endangerment First Degree, Discharge of a Firearm. Police said they may charge him with additional charges in the future. On Saturday at approximately 4:30 p.m., Hartford police received multiple 911 calls about […]

  • Meriden motorcycle club rides for special camp for special people

    MERIDEN – Some dedicated motorcycle riders from Meriden put in long hours on the road Saturday to help provide free summer activities for the mentally challenged. The motorcycle community takes up many causes, but this one is for a camp for people with developmental disabilities. Dirt bikes got in on the fundraiser for the John Jay Nerden camp, too. “I have had so many parents come up to me and give me a hug with tears in their eyes and […]

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