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If you read any of Frankie Graziano’s previous biographies, they’d be all about his passion for sports. But times change – and he’s a family man now.

Part of the reason for the biographical “tone-change” is a slight deviation in Frankie’s career path. In 2016, he moved over to news from the sports world. He became a Connecticut Public reporter. And that’s currently where he works as a breaking news reporter.

He’s been on-the-scene to get state residents the latest available information on major local happenings over the past four years – like the vintage plane crash at Bradley International Airport in 2019 and the recent landmark police accountability legislation that passed through the state capitol.

Other highlights from his time at Connecticut Public include some long-term storytelling he was able to do after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, which led thousands of evacuees from the island to escape to Connecticut.

Frankie also played a crucial role in the  station’s continuing coverage of a police shooting in Wethersfield. Anthony Jose Vega Cruz, 18, died two days after being shot by former Wethersfield police officer Layau Eulizier Jr. on April 20, 2019. Much of this work went into Collision Course, a 2020 New England Emmy award-winning documentary produced by Vanessa de la Torre.  You can also hear Frankie’s national stories on NPR -- including one that was produced out of his basement about sports in the age of COVID-19.

Prior to going to work for Connecticut Public, Frankie produced over 1,200 hours of sports content for Connecticut Public Television and CPTV Sports. There, he worked to showcase thousands of local student-athletes -- whether it be during state championship events broadcast live on television or if they’d been honored with the network’s statewide UChoose Student-Athlete of the Week. He also put together a “Tip-Off Classic” featuring Connecticut’s top boys and girls high school basketball squads.

Frankie graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and History. While in school, he created a program on UConn’s student television station. He also interned at WFSB Eyewitness News Ch. 3. He covered collegiate baseball in Torrington during the summer.

Frankie is the husband of Colleen Graziano, APRN. He’s also “Daddy” to Charlie and Annie. They live in Glastonbury; Frankie (born Francesco Graziano Jr.) is originally from Torrington. His parents are from Italia: his mother Rosa Maria emigrated to America in 1967 and his father Francesco Sr. made his move to the United States shortly after marrying “Rosie” in 1975.

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Nelson Robles, de 56 años, es el hombre de mantenimiento de la Primera Iglesia Bautista Emanuel en el centro de Bridgeport. También es percusionista durante la misa. Todas las mañanas, camina hasta la esquina de su iglesia, justo a la derecha del altar, y ora. Él dice que mientras está de rodillas pidiendo una orientación, siente a Dios.

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Nelson Robles, 56, is the maintenance man at Primera Iglesia Bautista Emanuel church in downtown Bridgeport. He’s also a percussionist during mass. Every morning, he walks to the corner of his church – just off the altar to the right – and prays. He said that while he’s down on his knees looking for guidance, he feels God.

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The long-awaited renovation of Dillon Stadium may happen soon. Three bidders have submitted proposals to the city of Hartford and the Capital Region Development Authority for a shot at revamping the 80-year-old facility located in Colt Park. 

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Una mujer de Avon ha iniciado una campaña en su tiempo libre para rescatar y reunir a residentes de Puerto Rico con sus parientes en Connecticut. Ella lo llama "altruismo eficiente".

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An Avon woman has started a Facebook campaign in her free time to rescue and reunite residents of Puerto Rico with their relatives in Connecticut. She calls it “efficient altruism.”

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On Thursday morning, Mayor Luke Bronin stood at a podium that sat on a bed of mulch. He was in a city park to talk about how $2.5 million raised in private funds will push his Youth Service Corps program into year two.

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Marie Degro fue la primera estudiante en llegar a la Secundaria Crosby de Waterbury desde Puerto Rico, como consecuencia del Huracán María.

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Marie Degro was the first student to arrive at Crosby High School in Waterbury from Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

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La estabilización de Puerto Rico luego del Huracán María es un asunto personal para los empleados de los Servicios Escolares Durham. Más de la mitad de ellos son puertorriqueños. El horario normal de conducción de la compañía de autobuses de Waterbury es de 6:00 a.m. A 9:00 a.m. Y luego nuevamente de1:00 p.m. A 5:00 p.m. Pero lo que hacen entre horarios es lo que resulta menos rutinario y más sobre ayudar a los están en su tierra natal.

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The leveling of Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria is personal to the employees of Durham School Services. More than half of them are Puerto Rican. The normal driving schedule at the school bus company in Waterbury is 6:00 am to 9:00 am and then again from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. But it’s what they do in-between and after work that is less about the routine and more about helping out back at home.

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Connecticut is preparing for an influx of refugees, as residents of devastated Puerto Rico begin to leave the island after Hurricane Maria.

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Connecticut se está preparando para el ingreso de refugiados, debido a que residentes del devastado Puerto Rico han comenzado a salir de la isla después del Huracán María.

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Jim Calhoun won three national championships as head coach of the UConn men’s basketball program. He retired from coaching in 2012, but now he’s coming back to the game as a consultant with the University of Saint Joseph — a Division III program in West Hartford.

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With water and food a concern in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, some Connecticut residents are looking to help. Gathering supplies is one thing; getting them to the island is another.

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Algunos residentes de Connecticut buscan ayudar con agua y comida, una preocupación en Puerto Rico después del Huracán María.  Reunir suministros es una cosa; llevarlos a la isla es otra.

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Residents of East Windsor have struck down a measure that would put an annual payment of $3 million from the Mashantucket and Mohegan tribes into a reserve fund. The money is being paid to mitigate the effects of visitors coming into town for a casino the tribes plan to build. 

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Two weeks after Irma pounded the Caribbean, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

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Dos semanas después de que Irma golpeara el Caribe, el Huracán María tocó tierra en Puerto Rico el miércoles.

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NASCAR’s Ted Christopher died Saturday in a plane crash about 90 minutes after takeoff from Robertson Airport in Plainville.

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A Killingly High School football player returned to the field last week, one year after cancer took away what was supposed to be his senior season.

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Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal stood beside Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and 15 others Wednesday in Washington D.C. as Sanders introduced his “Medicare For All” bill.

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The Hartford Yard Goats were an entertainment success in their first year in the capital city -- selling out 41 of 70 home games this season, including the final 21.

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Hurricane Irma is now a powerful Category 5 storm, and it’s headed for the island of Puerto Rico -- a literal and emotional home for hundreds of thousands of Connecticut residents. And on Hartford’s Park Street -- the lifeblood of many local Latino businesses -- people are paying close attention. 

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The Connecticut high school football season starts on September 8. Players like Bobby Melms began practicing earlier this month.

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The Connecticut Open Women’s Tennis Association event may not have the Williams sisters in 2017, but it has the Wijesekera sisters instead. The trio from Bethany are ball kids.

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A study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association found chronic traumatic encephalopathy in 48 of 53 -- 91 percent -- of the donated brains of deceased college football players.

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Omar Carrizales, a lefty, has six hits in his last 10 at bats after managing just two in seven games. When he focuses on correcting what he calls an off-balance swing, any worry that something could happen to his family seems to go away -- but only for a moment.

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In July, more than 90 people were hospitalized -- many due to underage drinking -- after a Chance the Rapper concert in Hartford. Florida Georgia Line plays a show Friday night at Hartford’s Xfinity Center and because the demographics of those attending are similar, Hartford police will be stepping up their presence.

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With the tournament scheduled to begin on August 18, final preparations are being made for the 20th annual Connecticut Open in New Haven. And the tournament’s director believes they will have a lasting benefit for the U.S. Open tune-up event.

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