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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
  • Beloved Enfield pizza restaurant closing its doors

    ENFIELD- A staple pizza restaurant in Enfield has closed its doors after being in business for over sixty years. Frankie’s Firehouse Pizza on South Road has shut down after losing its lease. “The staff knows us by name, so it’s a shame that we’re losing them,” loyal customer Christina Doughtie said. On its final day, hundreds of customers came through the doors to buy a pizza pie for the very last time. John Vono took over the restaurant when his […]

  • City Council Speaks on Timothy Stewart’s Resignation from Chamber of Commerce

    NEW BRITAIN — Timothy Stewart, former mayor and father of the Hardware City’s current mayor, Erin Stewart, has resigned as president of the Greater New Britain Chamber of Commerce. In a press release, the chamber’s chairman, Gennaro Bizzarro, said he accepted Stewart’s resignation this morning. Stewart was placed on administrative leave from two city commissions after he posted a comment on a photo of 50 congresswomen at the State of the Union who wore white as a nod to women’s […]

  • Car crashes into house in Enfield

    ENFIELD — Emergency crews responded to the scene of a car that crashed into a home Friday around noon. Two residents where inside their home on Steele Road when a car came crashing into the front of the house. The driver of the car was  83-year-old, Enfield resident Alice Dahl. It is unknown where Dahl was headed , but she lives three minutes away from the scene of the accident. The driver and two residents suffered minor injuries. According to […]

  • Health Department confirms 2nd measles case in Connecticut

    NEW HAVEN — The Connecticut Department of Public Health has confirmed a hospital’s report of a second case of measles in Connecticut. Yale New Haven Hospital reported this weekend that is has treated two patients in the past two weeks. The Health Department said Monday that both cases occurred in adults who live in New Haven County and both patients were treated and released from the hospital. Investigators have not identified any links between the first and second cases, but […]

  • FOX61 sits down with local doctor to discuss the dangers of measles

    NEW BRITAIN — In 2018, Connecticut only had three cases of confirmed measles, but this year, there has already been two measles cases confirmed in just a matter of weeks. Connecticut has a high vaccination rate compared to other areas of the country where residents are allowed to forego vaccination, according to Chief of Infectious Diseases at The Hospital of Central Connecticut Dr. Virginia Bieluch “Measles is spread by the respiratory route, that is, if the patient coughs or sneezes, […]

  • Old Saybrook community comes together to help rebuild local farm

    OLD SAYBROOK— Tragedy struck the family of Earl Endrich Sr. when his farm went up in flames in December of last year. Since then, the Old Saybrook community has come together to help the family move forward. The VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars-of Old Saybrook hosted a pasta dinner Saturday as a fundraiser to raise money for Earl Enrich Jr. and Townline Farms. The farm has been in the Endrich family since 1868 and the farm had a big […]

  • Girls inducted into Boy Scouts for the first time ever

    HARTFORD — It was a historic day at the State Capital in Hartford where more than a hundred girls joined one of the largest scouting organizations in the United States. Friday was the first time young women were officially allowed to join Scout BSA Troops. Scouts from all five of the Boy Scout Councils across the state took part in the Report to the State. It is the first time girls were allowed to receive their scout badges at Friday’s […]

  • 14 dairy cows killed in East Hampton barn fire

    EAST HAMPTON- Fourteen dairy cows were killed in an East Hampton barn fire Thursday. Firefighters were able to save two other cows.  A passerby called police after seeing black smoke rising out of the Cedar Ridge Dairy Farm. The East Hampton Fire Department was called to the scene and eventually had to call in mutual aid from surrounding towns, including Portland and Colchester. “We’re a small town volunteer fire department, none of the departments have a lot of manpower during […]

  • Senator Kelly seeking $5 million for historic Shakespeare Theater

    STRATFORD – An important piece of Stratford history was burned to the ground earlier this month and state senators have taken action to ensure the community doesn’t lose a piece of history. The American Shakespeare Festival Theater was destroyed by a fire two weeks ago on January 13th. Senator Kevin Kelly is a part of the bipartisan group of legislators who are seeking a state bonding investment of $5 million to be used to rebuild the theater. “I put this […]

  • Tech workers protest new Hartford tech company for outsourcing jobs while company pledges 1K American jobs

    HARTFORD –Connecticut tech workers gathered together on Saturday, for a protest against a technology company new to Hartford. Workers were protesting Infosys-a technology and innovation company that opened a new HUB in Hartford last year. Attendees at Elks Lodge on Prospect Street said they fear Infosys will outsource new technology jobs instead of hiring American citizens. “We’re trying to bring up that taxpayers of Connecticut should not be giving money to a company that doesn’t have a good reputation, that […]

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