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Zinnia Maldonado joined the FOX 61 news team in January 2019 as a general assignment reporter.

Previously, she was a Multimedia Journalist at PBS-39 in Pennsylvania, where she helped launch a brand-new nightly news show. Zinnia’s love of reporting began when she started interning at WCAU/NBC10 in Philadelphia her senior year of high-school. Her passion for storytelling and writing has driven her career choice as a reporter.

Zinnia is a proud Nittany Lion and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Penn State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and Digital Media Trends & Analytics. She graduated with six competitive internships varying across investigative, digital media and news departments at broadcast stations in the west and east coast.

The Philly native is a Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition Winner and an Emma Bowen Fellow. She is also a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

In addition to her professional interests, Zinnia loves to broaden her reporter mindset by traveling internationally. So far, she has explored Barcelona, Tokyo, Osaka, Toronto, London and the beautiful island of Bermuda. Now she is excited to begin exploring her new home, Connecticut!

If you’d like to share a great story idea, Zinnia can be reached at zmaldonado@fox61.com .


Recent Articles
  • State police investigating murder in Thompson; Man charged with murder

    THOMPSON — State police are investigating a murder and  stabbing in Thompson, Wednesday. Police arrested Kyle Carpenter, 28, of North Grosvenordale and charged him with murder and assault in the second degree. Police were called to a home around 3 am Wednesday, after Quinebaug Valley Emergency Communications received a 911 call from a 55 year old white female who reported that a 61 year old white man was just stabbed in the chest by a family member at their residence […]

  • Race Against Time; New Haven man awaits life-saving double lung transplant

    NEW HAVEN- A Connecticut father of two young children is now fighting for his life after he was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease. Thirty-one-year-old Donn Kovac has been battling health issues since he was thirteen. He was recently diagnosed with interstitial lung disease and now depends on an oxygen machine 24/7. Donn is on the list for a double lung transplant at New York Presbyterian hospital and could be on the list for up to two years. He said […]

  • Former All-State gymnast from SCSU dies following practice accident

    NEW HAVEN — A college gymnast from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) has died following a training accident. Officials at the university say 20-year-old Melanie Coleman died Sunday at Yale-New Haven Hospital, two days after suffering a spinal cord injury during practice. University President Joe Bertolino called Coleman’s death a “tragic loss.” She was a junior nursing student at the New Haven school. The University’s Athletic Director Jay Moran said the gymnastics team is having a hard time dealing with […]

  • Connecticut suburbs dealing with car theft problem

    HARTFORD- Car thefts across the state have decreased in cities such as Hartford and New Haven but are increasing in surrounding suburbs, and according to police, the ones most likely behind the wheel are teenagers. Newly obtained video from September shows a high speed chase down I-95 in Old Saybrook after three juveniles stole a Dodge Hellcat. It’s an act for too common across the state- just this week a 14-year-old was arrested for stealing a car in New Haven […]

  • Remains removed from grave in Hartford cemetery

    HARTFORD- A disturbing discovery was made in Hartford today. Gravediggers at the Agudas Achim Cemetery near the corner of Waverly Street and Tower Avenue, came across a freshly dug up grave Monday morning. “We look this way, we see a big pile of dirt, we’re the only ones that dig here, so we walked over here, come to find out, discovered there’s a hole here,” Agudas Achim gravedigger Tommy Valentin said. Police have not released the identity of the remains, […]

  • Mayor Toni Harp conceded race, wished Elicker administration success

    NEW HAVEN — The Elks Club in New Haven was filled with Mayor Toni Harp supporters Tuesday night- all looking for a victory.  Mayor Harp announced to the crowd her defeat against fellow Democrat Justin Elicker — an opponent Harp has beaten in the past.  Harp wished Elicker and his administration success and said she will continue to serve New Haven as a citizen.  The results are not surprising to some as Elicker defeated Harp in the Democratic Primary election […]

  • Discussion held in Middletown to help parents make decisions on vaccines

    MIDDLETOWN — More than 1,200 cases of measles have been confirmed across 31 states, including three here in Connecticut. Scientists on both sides of the issue held an open discussion in Middletown hoping to debunk the most common myths surrounding vaccinations. Parents from across the state showed up to the discussion Monday night hoping to learn more about one thing — vaccinations. Panelists from both sides of the issue held a balanced discussion- talking to parents about the science behind […]

  • ‘Bring it on, Beto’: Newtown woman yells at Beto O’Rourke campaign stop in Connecticut

    NEWTOWN — Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke was  in Newtown today discussing gun prevention – a topic all too familiar for the community following the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting. “I know that the people of this community understand this better than perhaps any other community in this country and not just the devastation, the grief and the lost, but what those solutions are,” O’Rourke said. The former Texas congressman met with local gun violence prevention groups, such as the Newtown Action […]

  • Hillary Clinton in New Haven for new book

    NEW HAVEN — Former presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton was in New Haven this evening alongside her daughter Chelsea Clinton, promoting their new collaboration “The Book of Gutsy Women.” The famous mother and daughter duo were greeted by cheers Tuesday night at the Omni Hotel. The book is the first time the former secretary of state collaborated with her daughter. The sold out event bought in over a thousand people, including many mother and daughter duos. “My mother is who […]

  • Children with disabilities cut from youth football league 

    NEW HAVEN — Frustrated parents are trying to get answers from a youth football program after children were cut from the Pop Warner New Haven League last Wednesday. Nijija-ife Waters is the mother of fourth-grader Amadi Towe, who plays football for the Pop Warner New Haven Steelers League. Pop Warner is a national youth football and cheer league. She said Towe has a learning disability, but that hasn’t stopped him from playing for the New Haven league in the last […]

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