Samara Abramson joined the FOX 61 news team in October 2018. Previously she worked in the New York metropolitan area and in Springfield, Massachusetts, where she broke dozens of exclusive stories and investigative reports.
Samara started her career on the assignment desk at CNN in New York City.
Originally from the Boston area, Samara got her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from UMass Amherst and then, in 2016, received a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.
When she’s not reporting the news, Samara loves spending time with her family and friends, reading books and going to the movies.
If you have a story idea or just want to say hello, send an email: SAbramson@fox61.com
HARTFORD – As President Donald Trump signed the final paperwork to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall, people across Connecticut reacted to the news. U.S. House Democrats could introduce a resolution to invalidate the national emergency and eventually vote on it. Local representatives said they plan to vote against it. Meantime, constituents are voicing their opinions. “He’s just using his bully pulpit,” said Pamela Desaulnier of Eastford. “There are a lot of other things we could be […]
FAIRFIELD — On the one-year anniversary of the day a gunman stormed into Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people, people gathered at First Congregational Church in Fairfield to commemorate their lives. Alumni of the Parkland school read the names of each victim, ringing a bell after each name. That was just one of many moving tributes to take place Thursday night. Evan Smith, 15, of Fairfield, spoke about losing his cousin, Alex Schachter, then 14, […]
DANBURY — Hailey Nailor, a 16-year-old junior at Danbury High School, fell to her death from the top of a parking garage at Danbury Fair Mall on Saturday afternoon. The teen was alone at the time and the fall was intentional, according to police. She posted a disturbing video to Snapchat prior to dying, according to her friends and classmates. Deanna Mudgett, mother to a 2017 graduate of Danbury High School, saw the video. “It was definitely a cry for […]
HARTFORD – Amazon may not deliver a new headquarters to New York City and that could mean big moves for Connecticut. Amazon is reconsidering its plans to open up a new campus in Long Island City, Queens, according to a Washington Post report, after facing backlash from locals. Local residents have held protests, voicing their concerns about the multibillion-dollar incentives that would be rewarded to their future neighbor, and the impacts it would have on housing, rent and transportation. After […]
One mother has a warning for parents after her son was taken from school in an ambulance Tuesday. The woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of her son’s safety, said her son was found passed out in a bathroom at RHAM High School, high, and taken to Windham Hospital. She said her son told her he was smoking what he thought was marijuana. A toxicology report showed high levels of THC, likely laced with something else. “It’s happening […]
HARTFORD – A new bill would limit the disclosure of voter registration data in Connecticut, which currently allows the sale of this information for commercial use. Under Freedom of Information laws, Connecticut is required to make all voter registration data public, available for sale for just $300. This has been the case in the state since the beginning, but now as all eyes are on big companies like Google for collecting and selling users’ personal information, Connecticut is too. A […]
HARTFORD — Warm weather this week inspires some people to think of an early spring but high temperatures following extreme cold could mean trouble on the roads, according to automotive experts. Extreme cold followed by a significant warming trend means an early and potentially costly pothole season, according to AAA, and Americans spend $3 billion per year on average on pothole-related damages. “As the road starts to thaw, it starts to lift and separate the asphalt,” said Gary Pelletier, owner of […]
WEST HARTFORD – A proposed state law would ban restaurants from listing soda as a drink option on children’s menus in Connecticut restaurants. Connecticut would not be the first to consider such a law. Back in July, Baltimore became the largest city to bar soda from restaurants’ kids’ menus. Beginning this year, a new law in California took soda off the children’s menu, making it available only by request. Some chains, from McDonald’s to Applebee’s, have recently taken soda off […]
SEYMOUR — After taking Vasi’s Restaurant in Waterbury to ‘Hell and Back,’ Gordon Ramsay was back in Connecticut to revamp a family-owned restaurant. Ramsay’s show, ‘24 Hours to Hell and Back,’ features his travels across the country as he visits restaurants in need of a facelift. “They showed us stuff that we had been missing,” said Tara Hamme, one of the restaurant’s owners. In the show, Ramsay retrains chefs and revives the restaurant, which reopens to the public after renovations. […]
HARTFORD – Small towns across the state are pushing back against a school district consolidation proposal introduced by top senate democrats. The bill calls for the creation of a special commission that would consolidate smaller school districts. State Senate President Pro Tem Martin Looney said teachers would not be laid off and schools would not close. He said, with the state under financial constraints, this proposal would ease that by bringing money directly to students. “The focus is on administrative […]