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Frankie Graziano

Frankie Graziano joined CPBN in October of 2011 as a sports producer. In addition to reporting for WNPR, Graziano produces feature profiles for CPTV and the web.

Since October of 2011, Graziano has been the lead producer for over 1,200 hours of sports content. CPTV Sports specialized in covering Connecticut’s best high school games and giving Connecticut student-athletes the platform to tell their story. Graziano also produced games outside of CIAC, including WNBA Basketball games and New Britain Rock Cats Baseball.

Graziano created what he touts as Connecticut’s only multi-sport poll to determine a true statewide high school student-athlete of the week in October of 2014. Each week, he scours the state to determine the top six performances by local players. Voting begins Saturday at 6 p.m. and ends Monday at 6 p.m. Over 80 UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week winners have been crowned from 50 different towns since that time. 300,000-plus votes have been cast in that time in support of Connecticut student-athletes.

In addition to producing games, Frankie has done it all at CPTV from coordinating on-air traffic to providing play-by-play commentary. He has called numerous CIAC Championship soccer games. He has been acknowledged twice with awards from the Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association for outstanding coverage of High School Soccer.

Frankie, born Francesco Graziano Jr. in Torrington, Connecticut, is the proud son of Rosa Maria and Francesco Sr. His parents emigrated from Italy 40 years ago. He is married to Colleen Graziano, APRN. Besides his love for Colleen and his family, he deeply adores sports and talking. He had always hoped he would cover sports--never wanting to work in any other field.

In 2011, he graduated from the University of Connecticut. He graduated with a 3.56 cumulative GPA and a bachelor’s degree in two fields—journalism and history. While in college, Graziano interned at WFSB under two men he admires as his mentors—Joe Zone and John Holt. He appeared on various shows at UCTV (UConn’s student television station) and spent his summers covering the Torrington Titans collegiate baseball team.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are in the middle of a playoff series that’s dividing Connecticut residents.

But as the legendary rivalry reaches another dramatic crescendo, one segment of area baseball fans is once again on the outside looking in.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford hosted a gubernatorial forum Sunday that featured Republican Bob Stefanowski, Democrat Ned Lamont, and third party candidate Oz Griebel.

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A Meriden Republican has continued his public attacks against crime under Gov. Dannel Malloy's administration a week after Malloy said the state’s crime rate was at a 51-year low.

Amar Batra / Connecticut Public Radio

Tuesday’s severe weather dumped several inches of rain on New Britain. A local art exhibit came very close to being destroyed due to flooding.

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The governor signed a bill that would allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build a casino in East Windsor over a year ago, but it still may not get built. A federal judge’s recent ruling against one of the tribes is calling the plan into doubt.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Former University of Connecticut men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie has been charged by the NCAA with multiple violations including unethical conduct. Those findings could validate UConn’s March dismissal of Ollie.

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Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s account of what she said Judge Brett Kavanaugh did to her in the early 1980s acted as a trigger for many of the millions who watched on television. It’s forcing survivors to relive abuse they’ve suffered.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Republican Bob Stefanowski, Democrat Ned Lamont, and third-party candidate Oz Griebel participated in a three-way gubernatorial debate Wednesday in front of students at the University of Connecticut.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

According to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national organization supporting families and the communities they live in, 22,000 of Connecticut’s children have parents that are 18-24 years old. 70 percent of those children belong to low-income households.

Max Moran / Connecticut Public Radio

A second allegation of sexual assault has placed Yale University firmly at the center of the confirmation battle for the next Supreme Court justice. A former Yale classmate of nominee Brett Kavanaugh has now come forward to say that he sexually assaulted her at a party when he was in his freshman year at the university.

The vigil took place on McLevy Green in Bridgeport and was held in memory of those that died in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria -- one year to the day that the storm hit Puerto Rico.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A vigil was held in Bridgeport Thursday — one year after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico.

The event was a small, solemn gathering held in memory of those who died.

As Hurricane Maria bore down on Puerto Rico, Jason Ortiz, president of the Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda was already working on relief efforts.
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Vigils will be held Thursday in Hartford and Bridgeport to mark one year since Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The University of Saint Joseph has tapped former UConn coach Jim Calhoun to lead its NCAA Division III men’s basketball team for its upcoming inaugural season.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Rallies are scheduled Thursday in Bridgeport and Hartford to commemorate the one year mark since Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico. But, the Hartford event is facing a bit of an administrative obstacle.

Prior to Monday's debate, a supporter of Ned Lamont got into a heated exchange with a man holding a sign touting Bob Stefanowski.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

It may have been a battle on the big stage between Republican Bob Stefanowski and Democrat Ned Lamont in their second gubernatorial debate Monday, but the candidates weren’t the only ones going after one another.

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