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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

Recent Articles
  • Meriden residents speak out on recent violence

    MERIDEN — A budget referendum in Meriden in September led to the tanking of a police program, the Neighborhood Initiative Unit, which had previously placed officers in residential neighborhoods. Recent acts of violence throughout the city have sparked outrage among residents, who say these incidents are a direct result of the loss of the Neighborhood Initiative Unit. People who live in Meriden say they have seen an uptick in crime since the budget referendum went into effect. On Saturday night, […]

  • Insurer offers financial assistance to homeowners with crumbling foundation

    TOLLAND — Some homeowners dealing with crumbling foundations received good news from Travelers Insurance, which announced it will give financial help to its customers. A study from the state said that a mineral called Pyrrhotite caused concrete foundations to crack when exposed to oxygen and water. More than 700 homeowners have notified the state that they have the problem, but the governor’s office has estimated that 35,000 homes in Connecticut and Massachusetts could be impacted. Most of the affected homes […]

  • Police say former caretaker arrested in connection with desecration of graves at Bridgeport cemetery

    BRIDGEPORT — A former cemetery caretaker has been arrested in connection with the desecration of dozens of graves at the Bridgeport burial ground she and her husband oversaw for decades. Bridgeport police say Dale LaPrade turned herself in Thursday after being told there was a warrant for her arrest. She was charged with felony interference with a cemetery and released on a promise to appear in court Dec. 18. Complaints from relatives of those buried at Park Cemetery led police to […]

  • Moment of silence held at Yale basketball game for alumni George H.W. Bush

    NEW HAVEN — George Herbert Walker Bush had plenty of ties in Connecticut. At Yale University, his Alma mater, the community saluted the late president at Wednesday night’s Yale basketball game. It was a brief and emotional moment as fans, athletes and members of the athletic department stood to remember the former president, who had a special place in his heart for Yale. “Tonight we honor Bush’s life and his service to our country and to Yale,” an announcer said. […]

  • Meningitis case puts CCSU on alert

    NEW BRITAIN —  A student at Central Connecticut State University was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis, according to school officials, and a spokesperson at the Connecticut Department of Public Heath said it was strain B. School officials at CCSU said they were taking precautions and students who were in close contact with the infected student have been given medication. “It’s making people not want to go to school,” said John Reyes, a sophomore student at CCSU. “Some of my friends are […]

  • With Hanukkah beginning, thoughts turn to security

    WEST HARTFORD — Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, begins on Sunday night and lasts for eight days. In light of a recent spike in anti-semitism across the country and here in Connecticut, local religious leaders are working with law enforcement to make sure everyone can celebrate the holiday safely. Just over a month ago, a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle entered a synagogue in Pittsburgh and killed eleven people. All of the victims were Jewish. This month, students […]

  • Police investigating bus stop attacks

    HARTFORD — In light of two school bus stop robberies this week in neighboring towns, Hartford Public School officials are asking parents to talk to their children about safety. “Students should be escorted to the bus stop or from the bus stop, or they should be with a companion,” said John Fergus, a spokesperson for the district. “Be on guard. Be vigilant. See something, say something.” According to police, early Monday morning, a 13-year-old boy waiting for his school bus […]

  • East Hartford robbery leads to pursuit, arrest in Hartford

    EAST HARTFORD — Police say an early morning car crash was the result of a police chase and armed robbery at a 7-Eleven in East Hartford early Tuesday morning. A clerk reported that two men robbed the convenience store, located at 393 Burnside Avenue, around 1:30 in the morning, according to police. A spokesperson for the East Hartford Police Department said surveillance video shows a man, Quinnshawn Ross, wielding a shotgun during the robbery. “I’m kind of worried,” said Joan Peters, […]

  • EXCLUSIVE: Mother of 13-year-old robbery victim in Wethersfield speaks out

    WETHERSFIELD — Sandie Starkowsi said she feels grateful that her 13-year-old son survived a violent robbery. Starkowski’s son, a middle school student, was waiting for the bus Monday morning around 7:30 when two cars pulled alongside him and the people inside demanded his  belongings. He refused and then two young high school-aged boys got out of a white Honda CR-V, pushing the middle school student to the ground. Starkowski said the older boys unzipped her son’s pocket to steal his […]

  • Report: How Connecticut will feel the impacts of climate change

    HARTFORD — From coast to coast, there have been record-breaking weather events over the last couple of weeks, from wildfires in California to history-making cold temperatures on Thanksgiving in the Northeast. On Black Friday, a time when many Americans are on a long holiday weekend, distracted by plans with family and friends, the government released its latest climate change report, delivering a dire warning about the devastating impacts. The federally-mandated report was supposed to come out in December. The report […]