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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.

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Coast Guard families are enduring hardships as active duty personnel and civilian employees live without pay during the government shutdown.

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Beer drinkers will not get to sample brand new creations from their favorite breweries during the government shutdown.

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Senior citizens and residents living below the poverty line may soon struggle to meet their basic food needs because of the government shutdown.

This station in Berlin is one of the stops that Amtrak and CTrail trains make on the Hartford line route between Springfield and New Haven.
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The state of Connecticut and Amtrak do not have a shared agreement that makes tickets bought through the rail giant and ones purchased by local students and CTrail passengers equal.

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Thanks to what he calls a “quirk in history,” Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal said that members of one United States military branch may not get paid in full during the government shutdown.

Officer Jim Barrett looked after this year's Footwear With Care Holiday Boot Party by keeping tabs on the line outside the venue in Hartford. He also met with people that he could help next.
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One homeless man’s interaction with a Hartford police officer has become more than just a legendary city tale.

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Connecticut passengers without certain train tickets continue to experience second-class treatment on Amtrak trains servicing the Hartford Line.

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The number of kids missing school days in Hartford Public Schools is higher than both the national average and the state average. As a result of this struggle to keep every student in the classroom, Hartford is reaching out for help to Attendance Works, a national organization dedicated to reducing chronic absenteeism.

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Nelba Márquez-Greene’s daughter Ana Grace was one of the victims killed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012. On Friday, six years after the event, Márquez-Greene marked the tragic event by giving back to families in the New Britain and greater-Hartford area.

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Hamilton – the box office smash hit – is in Hartford and one of the actors appearing in the show was actually a student at the Greater Hartford Academy Of The Arts.

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Hamilton, the Broadway smash hit, has come to Hartford as part of its tour of the United States.

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A state attorney general is expected to be the “people’s lawyer.” William Tong said that when he assumes Connecticut’s attorney general post in January, he’ll look for a new way to advocate for his constituents.

Jimmy Crespo of Hartford received a new pair of Wolverine boots as part of a winter charity effort put together by Footwear With Care. That nonprofit held a 'Winter Boot Party' in Hartford Saturday, December 8, 2018.
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A local nonprofit outfitted about 400 people with a brand new pair of boots and a fresh pair of socks at an event called the “Winter Boot Party” at the Christ Church Cathedral in Hartford Saturday.

Seventeen national guardsmen from Connecticut are being deployed as part of two separate detachments in Romania and a second undisclosed location. Some of them are pictured here with Connecticut Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman during a send-off ceremony.
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The Connecticut Army National Guard’s cyber warfare detachment is getting its first deployment.

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A Hartford woman is hoping for a last-minute stay of deportation before she’s ordered to leave her family behind for London in 10 days.

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Protesters disrupted regular business at the Abraham A. Ribicoff Federal Building and Courthouse in Hartford Friday. It’s a facility that houses a United States Immigrations and Customs Enforcement office.

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Yemeni-Americans living in Connecticut are asking people to put pressure on their elected representatives over U.S. involvement in Yemen’s ongoing civil war.

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The late George Herbert Walker Bush had many ties to Connecticut. He grew up in Greenwich, and later went to Yale, where he graduated in 1948.

Jim Calhoun retired from the University of Connecticut in 2012, but has now returned to the game as the head coach of a NCAA Division III program in West Hartford, Conn.
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Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Calhoun has returned to the bench — six years after he officially retired. He's back, not to navigate a powerhouse program, but to coach at a tiny NCAA Division III school that was an all-women's college for 86 years.

"I'm going to look like a laser beam in terms of how this impacts economic growth and what it'll mean for a budget,"  Lamont said. He takes over as governor on January 9, 2019.
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Ned Lamont wants to focus on job creation and economic development as he prepares to assume Connecticut’s governorship.

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Non-Amtrak riders continue to be shut out because of capacity issues, despite having valid tickets, on Hartford Line trains serviced in Connecticut by Amtrak.

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You can’t buy pot for fun in Connecticut, but provided you don’t bring it back over the border, you can now purchase at two stores in Massachusetts.

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A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Hartford’s Dillon Stadium Monday.

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Criminal justice reform advocates are trying to spark a larger conversation regarding the role race and poverty play in mass incarceration. In Hartford recently, a dialogue took place between lawyers, community stakeholders and rehabilitated offenders. 

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The state of Connecticut is going after the pension of former Hartford Mayor Eddie A. Perez, who pleaded guilty last year to two corruption-related charges.

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Students at Amity High School in Woodbridge say the school system is underreacting to reports of anti-Semitism.

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The power went out at Bradley airport twice on Monday morning.

The emergency personnel were shown points of entry so that they could reach passengers in a manner that's quick but safe. That included a demonstration of how to use fire axes to get into the train.
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Hartford firefighters and other area first responders went through a simulation of a head-on train collision Saturday.

A member the Stamford branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union leaves a pamphlet behind at a residence in Glenbrook section of town as part of an effort by ATU workers on October 28, 2018 to spread the word about the lockbox ballot question.
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One of the two questions featured on statewide ballots will give Connecticut voters the chance to decide if money earmarked for transportation should be kept in a lockbox.

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Republican Manny Santos is vying for the 5th Congressional District seat that’s about to be vacated by Democrat Elizabeth Esty.

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