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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 .

Recent Articles
  • Accident closes Colt Highway on Route 6 in Farmington; multiple people taken to hospital

    FARMINGTON — Multiple people were taken to the hospital following an accident on Route 6 (Colt Highway) in Farmington between Fienemann Road and the Route 10 Wednesday afternoon. Colt Highway was closed for about an hour. No other details have been released at this time. Intersection at Colt Highway and Fienemann Road in Farmington closed due to accident. No word on injuries or victims involved. Police now allowing some cars to travel through. @FOX61News — Zinnia Maldonado (@ZinniaDee_TV) August […]

  • Farming equipment involved in crash on Route 121 in Orange

    ORANGE —  A serious crash involving farming equipment took place on Route 121 in Orange at Old Grassy Hill Road Tuesday night. Officials said hazardous material liquid spilled on the roadway. At this time, officials haven’t said what type of liquid spilled on the roadway. Officials said a woman was texting and driving when she slammed into an industrial fertilizer spreader. Police established a scene and closed the road. But as one car was turning around to go back the […]

  • Report: Yale professor sexually assaulted students at island research facility

    NEW HAVEN — A former Yale University psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students in St. Kitts while he was a Yale professor at a research facility he ran in the Caribbean according to a report released by investigators hired by the school. In January, Yale President Peter Salovey hired former U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly to interview students, alumni and others who may have information about the conduct of Dr. Eugene Redmond, who retired in July 2018 after the school started […]

  • Officials responded to boat collision on Bantam Lake

    LITCHFIELD —  Officials responded to a boat collision on Bantam Lake Tuesday afternoon. Litchfield County Dispatch said two boats collided in the lake around 3 p.m. Officials said an unknown number of subjects were trapped on the vessels. At this time, all subject have been pulled from the water and are being evaluated by medical personnel on the beach. No other details have been released at this time.

  • Tree falls onto house in Middletown

    MIDDLETOWN — Monday afternoon’s storms left behind downed wires and trees across the state, but for one home in Middletown, an entire tree landed on a home on Main Street. The wind was strong enough to rip a huge tree straight from its roots, toppling down on the house. The right side of the home suffered significant damage, but officials said the house was vacant during the time and no injuries were reported. “Everyone was alright I mean but luckily […]

  • New court date set for woman charged in missing mom case

    STAMFORD — A judge has set a new court date for a woman charged in connection with the disappearance of a 50-year-old Connecticut mother of five. Michelle Troconis made a brief appearance Monday in Stamford Superior Court. A judge ordered her to return to court on Sept. 20. She and her attorney did not comment. Jennifer Dulos, of New Canaan, disappeared May 24 and remains missing. Troconis and her boyfriend, Dulos’ estranged husband Fotis Dulos, have pleaded not guilty to […]

  • Tolland school district opening pushed back due to repairs to crumbling foundation

    TOLLAND — The Tolland School District announced it will be pushing back the first day of classes for all public school students from August 28th to September 3rd. Birch Grove Primary School has been dealing with an on-going crumbling foundation issue due to the corrosive mineral pyrrhotite, similar to the same problem facing hundreds of homeowners. Officials said in a statement, “While teachers will start as planned on August 21st, a later start date for students is necessary. Therefore, the […]

  • New Haven mayor announces new ‘sanctuary city’ executive order as protest pushes for ordinance

    NEW HAVEN — Members of the New Haven community stood together in solidarity Wednesday rallying for an ordinance that would require all city employees to adopt a “Don’t ask, Don’t tell, Don’t arrest” approach to immigration enforcement. Previously, only the New Haven Police Department was required to follow the rule, but at the rally, New Haven Mayor Toni Harp announced a new executive order requiring all city departments to also abide by the ordinance. The ordinance is supported by 29 […]

  • Warning to parents after CT girl was targeted by social media app

    HARTFORD —   A state legislator is warning parents about the dangers of social media after a 9-year-old girl was targeted for child exploitation. Connecticut Representative Liz Linehan issued a release Monday stating that a young girl was approached on the app Tik Tok and told that if she downloaded the app Face Cast, she would gain 1,000 followers. After downloading the app, she was brought into a chat room with hundreds of other children, where they were asked to film themselves […]

  • Meriden police seeking security video near homicide scene

    MERIDEN – Detectives are asking residents of they have home security footage that could lead to a suspect in a fatal shooting on Allen Avenue in Meriden Sunday. Police were called to the scene at 11:42 a.m. for a report of shots fired. Police said one man was found dead on the front lawn we they arrived at the scene. It appeared that he was shot several times. The Major Crimes Division is requesting video surveillance from cameras that have […]

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