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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 .


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  • Court docs reveal Anthony Todt’s troubling past 

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  • Four dead bodies found in Florida home, legal documents confirm Colchester homeowners 

    COLCHESTER- Legal documents obtained by FOX61 confirm a missing Colchester family was leasing a property in Celebration, Florida, amidst the discovery of four dead bodies inside the same property Monday morning. Police have yet to confirm the identity of the four bodies found dead inside the home, but according to relatives, a Colchester family – Anthony and Megan Todt along with their three children- have been missing in Florida for a week. Court documents confirm the Todt family signed a […]

  • Voicemails left for Kent Mawhinney’s wife days before Jennifer Dulos disappeared

    HARTFORD- FOX61 obtained recently discovered voicemails left for the estranged wife of Kent Mawhinney, just days before Jennifer Dulos went missing. Mawhinney’s wife’s attorney, Zenas Zelotes, said the voicemails were the start of a suspicious plot to get her to Fotis Dulos’ home. In sworn affidavits she said she felt like the pair was allegedly plotting to get rid of her. “Hi ******, this is Fotis Dulos from Fore Group. I just wanted to reach out to you when you […]

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  • ‘I’m not sure she would have come back,’ Mawhinney’s wife’s lawyer speaks out

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  • Those returning to Connecticut from Puerto Rico speak out after earthquakes rattles island 

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