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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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A new candidate who has just entered the mayoral race in Bridgeport could cause confusion at the ballot box November 5. The issue centers on whether marking the candidate's initials on a ballot to indicate a write-in vote will be enough.

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There’s been a jump in the number of people who support the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to the latest Quinnipiac University national poll.

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Police arrested two University of Connecticut students Monday after a video posted to social media showed students shouting racial slurs outside of a campus residence hall.

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Connecticut now has someone in charge of manufacturing policy for the entire state. Colin Cooper, the CEO of aerospace manufacturing company the Whitcraft Group, based in Eastford, has been appointed to the newly created position of chief manufacturing officer.

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Transparency related to a board tasked with overseeing a partnership between the state, a billionaire hedge-fund manager, and his wife is still an issue for lawmakers, even as that board gets together for the first time.

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Over 78,000 homes and businesses in Connecticut lost power after strong winds knocked down trees and power lines Wednesday night.

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The superintendent of schools in Shelton is speaking out days after a white student in the district spit on a black patron at a Washington, D.C. museum.

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Federal investigators have yet to say what exactly caused the crash of a B-17 vintage plane at Bradley International Airport earlier this month, but a new report released Tuesday details the pilot’s account of an engine issue moments before impact.

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A Connecticut town is dealing with another incident in which a student in the district is being accused of committing an alleged racist act.

Debbie Herchen of West Warwick, Rhode Island watches on as the Connecticut Sun fall to the Washington Mystics in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals. Sun fans gathered at Game On sports bar inside Mohegan Sun.
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The Connecticut Sun's season is over and it ended at the furthest point it could go – Game 5 of the WNBA Finals.

The Sun lost to the Washington Mystics Thursday, 89-78.

Azad Hamoto has an aunt in Syria who is likely to join many of the other Kurds who've been displaced by war. Hamoto spoke to reporters at a news conference in Hartford on October 10.
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Kurds in Connecticut are concerned for loved ones in northern Syria following a military attack by Turkey.

The invasion began Wednesday – three days after President Donald Trump abruptly announced he’d withdraw U.S. troops from the area.

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There will be a decisive Game 5 in the WNBA Finals.

The Connecticut Sun staved off elimination Tuesday night by beating the Washington Mystics 90-86 in front of 8,458 fans at Mohegan Sun.

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The number of Americans supporting the impeachment of President Donald Trump has leveled off, according to a recent poll from the Quinnipiac University poll.

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Seven people were killed and several others injured after a vintage WWII aircraft crashed at Bradley International Airport Wednesday morning.

Ten of those aboard were passengers who had paid to take a short flight on the B-17, while three were crew. One person on the ground was also injured as the plane came down, as was a firefighter. 

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A report released Tuesday says that 281 people have been sexually abused by members of the Diocese of Bridgeport since its inception in 1953 -- and nearly all of them were minors. In a report commissioned by the diocese itself, retired state court judge Robert Holzberg found that they had been sexually abused by 71 priests. 

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A number of laws from the last legislative session went into effect Tuesday, including a tobacco ban for consumers under the age of 21.

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Congressional Democrats announced their intention to proceed with an impeachment inquiry last week.

In Connecticut, all seven congressional delegates support an impeachment inquiry.

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An elections official in Coventry could soon be the subject of a state investigation.

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One person has now died in Connecticut of the mosquito-borne illness Eastern equine encephalitis, and another case has been confirmed. Health officials say with EEE ‘likely to persist in the area,' Connecticut residents should focus on prevention.

The virus can cause brain damage in survivors, and there is currently no cure.

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Two years after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, the response to the crisis on the U.S. mainland is only now coming into focus. 

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U.S. congressional representatives marked the upcoming two-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria by observing a day of action for Puerto Rico Wednesday in Washington D.C.

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A nonprofit formed in response to the Sandy Hook school shooting has released a new public service announcement.

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A lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of two Connecticut workers could be a test of a 2018 landmark Supreme Court ruling on unions.

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Federal regulators have approved a merger involving media groups that run two local TV stations.

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Connecticut must now take its chances in bankruptcy court as it continues to pursue its lawsuit against drug maker Purdue Pharma. The Stamford-based maker of Oxycontin officially announced its long-rumored bankruptcy filing Sunday night, confirming a settlement deal with about half of the states that had taken legal action over the effects of the opioid overdose epidemic.  Connecticut was not among the states participating in that settlement.

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Certain items bought at the grocery store will soon cost a little extra. The state is due to make an extra penny on every dollar spent on prepared food items under a meals tax that will take effect on October 1. 

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The Connecticut Sun are contenders. The WNBA basketball team missed out on postseason play from 2013 to 2016, but has since made it to the playoffs in three straight years. After securing early round byes, this time around the Sun are guaranteed a deep playoff run. 

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The state is weighing its options on how to hold a Stamford-based pharmaceutical company accountable for its role in the nation’s opioid crisis. But if money ever does come to Connecticut from a potential settlement with Purdue Pharma, addiction recovery advocates have plenty of ideas on how it could be spent.

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Connecticut’s Attorney General wants to know more about one tech giant’s outsize influence in the digital marketplace. William Tong is one of 50 attorneys general who have launched an anti-trust investigation into Google. 

Staff at Americares, a Stamford, Connecticut-based nonprofit, move supplies as they prepare to deploy a team to the Bahamas to provide medical relief after Hurricane Dorian.
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A Connecticut nonprofit has deployed help to those impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Stamford-based Americares now has a team on the ground in the Bahamas just after the Category 5 hurricane leveled the two northernmost Bahamian islands.

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