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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
  • A second New London middle school employee is charged with sexual assault

    NEW LONDON — A New London public school employee has been arrested on sexual assault charges. Jevon Elmore, 25, of New London, was charged with  Sexual Assault in the 2nd Degree. New London Mayor Michael Passero said he’s not surprised to learn of the second arrest as the investigation into inappropriate behavior with students within the district has been ongoing. “The actions of a few can destroy many, many years of hard work for the many devoted educators we have […]

  • Paid leave clears Senate despite Lamont veto threat

    The Democratic-controlled Connecticut Senate has advanced legislation creating a paid family medical leave insurance program, despite a veto threat from Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont. The bill passed 21-15 Wednesday and now awaits action in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives. Under the legislation, most Connecticut workers would be charged a 0.5% payroll tax to finance the program. Eligible individuals would receive partial wage coverage while they take up to 12 weeks off from work to care for themselves during a serious […]

  • Vehicle crashes into Shelton house resulting in gas leak

    SHELTON —  A number of businesses in Shelton were forced to evacuate after an accident caused a gas leak Monday afternoon. One truck was overturned and another vehicle was badly damaged after a two car crash at the intersection of Route 110 and Constitution Boulevard. According to Shelton Police, around 3 p.m., a truck was traveling southbound on Constitution Boulevard when it lost control of its breaks. It then hit a gas utility box before colliding with another car driving northbound on […]

  • Hartford Charity Event in Honor of Nipsey Hussle

    HARTFORD — Local rappers inspired by community activist and LA-rapper Nipsey Hussle hosted a food and clothing drive in front of the rapper’s mural at Heaven Skate Park on Sunday. “He was about love, self-empowerment and unity and that’s something everyone can relate to and that’s something the whole state of Connecticut needs more of,” said organizer Los Fidel . “Show that we can make a change in the community, bring people together and show that there’s hope in the […]

  • Meriden mosque hosts Open Mosque Day

    MERIDEN — A number of recent attacks on places of worship across America – including Connecticut–  have many religious leaders beefing up security, but in spite of that, a Meriden mosque is fighting hate with awareness. The Baitul Aman Mosque participated in Open Mosque Day on Saturday where mosques across the country open their doors to the non-Muslim community to share their faith with others. “We always keep our mosque open so that we build bridges and get people together to […]

  • Norwich parents and staff rally against city council’s vote against increased school budget

    NORWICH- Parents, students and teachers rallied in Norwich Monday night – urging city leaders to allocate more money to their schools. Following the rally, many expressed their concerns at the city council’s public hearing about a cut in the 2019-2020 budget. Last Monday, city council members voted four to three against Democrat Joseph DeLucia’s proposal to add $2.96 million to the 2019-2020 school budget bringing the total a little over $80 million. It’s an increase of two percent from this […]

  • Two-alarm fire rips through New Haven mosque, fire investigators suspect arson

    NEW HAVEN — Fire officials say that a blaze that tore through the Diyanet New Haven Mosque may have been intentionally set. One person was inside of mosque at the time of the fire but was able to get out safely. Though the front of the mosque was under construction, the back of the mosque was still holding services. The fire was upgraded to a second alarm fire and the building eventually became ‘uninhabitable’. Firefighters say the fire may have […]

  • NO TOLLS CT delivers petition to governor’s office with over 100,000 signatures

    HARTFORD — Gov. Ned Lamont is trying to rally Connecticut lawmakers to support electronic tolls, acknowledging it’s a “tough vote” for the General Assembly. The Democrat sent a letter Thursday to state legislators, saying it’s time to “move forward without compromising our core principles for an easier vote.” Lamont has been meeting privately with lawmakers on a compromise bill. Lamont is promising toll rates will be frozen for three years. Grassroots organization, No Tolls CT, took its fight against tolls […]

  • Lawyer, family of victim in Wethersfield shooting speak out

    The family of 18-year-old Anthony Vega Cruz- made a public appearance for the first time since dash cam video of the officer-involved shooting that resulted in Cruz’s death was released last week. The family stood alongside NAACP President Scot  X. Esdaile and nationally-known, Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump. Cruz’s father, Jose Vega, broke down as Attorney Crump shared the family’s reaction to the dash cam footage released by the State Attorney’s Office showing Wethersfield Officer Layau Eulizier shooting into Cruz’s […]

  • Hamden Council votes to reject proposed resolution for funding private investigation into officer-involved shooting

    HAMDEN —  After over three hours, Hamden Legislative Council voted to reject the proposed resolution in regards to funding a private investigation into the Hamden/Yale officer-involved shooting. Hamden Town Hall was filled with people who expressed distrust in the Hamden Police Department Monday evening —nearly three weeks after a Hamden officer fired into a vehicle at an unarmed couple in New Haven. Connecticut State Police are investigating – and Hamden Police has launched its own internal investigation looking at whether […]

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