Michael Konopacek will leave FOX31 Denver on May 23 after nearly six years of reporting to work as the Corporate Communications Manager for Frontier Airlines.
Konopacek works as a Sunday morning anchor on FOX31 Morning News and Channel 2’s Daybreak.
FOX31 said Konopasek’s work inspired state leaders to discuss best practices for AMBER alerts when they reported the delayed alerts in 2017. The reporter has also won multiple Emmy Awards, including its 2018 coverage of the fatal shooting of sheriff’s deputies in Douglas County.
The reporter said he has focused most of his work on problem-solving journalism in Denver, from small subjects like someone accidentally accidentally getting a big cable bill to big stories like the March 2021 shooting of the Boulder King Soopers.
Through it all, Konopacek said he enjoyed seeing the community come together even after the tragedy.
“Its follow-up stories make you feel proud about the people you meet,” Konopacek said. “Not only organizations, but just people, are coming together and helping.”
Konopasek was a reporter for NBC affiliate KING-TV in Seattle and CBS affiliate KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City before moving to FOX31 Denver.
The journalist, who has worked in television news for 12 years, said he would miss the excitement of meeting new people everyday and not knowing what stories he might cover.
“You meet so many different people,” Konopacek said. “Maybe that’s what I’ll miss the most.”
Konopasek hopes to continue meeting new people in his role at Frontier Airlines by staying in the Denver area.
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