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
EAST HAVEN — Enzo Bunce, 16, of East Haven rejects the notion that he is a hero, but after saving his mother’s life, that is how he is being hailed. On Friday night, Bunce arrived in upstate New York with his family for a wrestling match. Shortly after checking into the hotel, Bunce’s mother complained of chest pains and collapsed. So, the teenager did what he knew what right — he told his dad to call 911 and began CPR. […]
HAMDEN — After weeks of protests all over the state, activists got to see some change at the Hamden legislative council meeting Monday night. Since a Hamden police officer fired his weapon at an unarmed couple in a car in New Haven last month, activists have been seeking justice for the man and woman — Paul Witherspoon and Stephanie Washington. On Monday night, activists spoke to the council, asking them to amend their resolution, which challenges community and police relations. […]
HARTFORD — State Senator Gary Winfield (D-New Haven) said he is working on a draft of a bill that would prevent police officers from shooting at a moving vehicle for the sole purpose of stopping the car. This discussion comes just weeks after a Wethersfield police officer opened fire on a moving vehicle, killing the 18-year-old driver after he fled a traffic stop. The driver, Anthony Jose Vega Cruz, was unarmed. “I think it’s a dangerous thing to be shooting […]
NEW HAVEN — Hundreds of people gathered Thursday night outside of the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven, days after the place of worship went up in flames. With Ramadan underway, a fire broke out at the mosque Sunday afternoon. On Monday, New Haven officials announced their belief that the fire was set intentionally. The mosque was a second home for many of its worshippers. It was only 9 years old and still under construction, but the community plans to rebuild […]
HARTFORD — A bill proposed Monday would provide up to one year of workers’ compensation coverage for police officers, parole officers, professional firefighters and volunteer firefighters suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. More than 4,300 people had signed a petition as of Wednesday night to include EMTs in the wording of the bill. “We are the ones who are responding to these emergencies treating the patients and getting them to the hospital,” said Dean McMorran Jr., a certified EMT from […]
FAIRFIELD — After flames tore through the Diyanet Mosque in New Haven on Sunday afternoon, worshipers looked on in devastation. Investigators say they believe the mosque fire was intentionally set and they are investigating it as arson. In response to this fire, and many more that have recently happened in places of worship nationwide, the Fairfield Fire Department hosted an event Tuesday night to talk to the community and religious leaders about their plans for fires at places of worship. […]
NEW HAVEN — On Sunday afternoon, the Diyanet Mosque caught on fire and investigators said they found evidence that leads them to believe it was intentionally set. Now officials are investigating it as arson. “Anytime there is an event like this or an incident in a house of worship anywhere in the United States it triggers a response from the ATF, the FBI and state and local authorities,” said New Haven Fire Chief John Alston. The fire happened during the […]
BRIDGEPORT — As activists gathered to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Jayson Negron, who was shot and killed by Bridgeport police officer James Boulay, Connecticut Post reporter Tara O’Neill observed from the sidewalk. “They had started a prayer circle in the street, they were all holding hands, singing, talking about Jayson,” said O’Neill, who has been covering the story for the last two years. “And then the police officers came out from where they were and […]
HARTFORD – The Connecticut House of Representatives passed a bill to increase the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. Lawmakers made the decision around noon Thursday after starting to debate the issue late Wednesday night. The wage increase would be incremental. The bill would freeze wages for tipped workers such as servers and bartenders. Ben Dubow, Executive Chef and General Manager of Bistro on Main in Manchester, thinks the bill is a step in the right direction […]
HAMDEN — Three weeks after Hamden police officer Devin Eaton fired his weapon at an unarmed black couple in New Haven, activists continue to rally. On Wednesday night, activists interrupted a Hamden Police Commission meeting, shouting and demanding justice and the immediate firing of Eaton. One protester took the microphone from Michael Iezzi, the chairman of the commission, and began chanting, “If we don’t get it, shut it down!” Eaton and Yale police officer Terrance Pollock were investigating a reported […]