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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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The city of Bridgeport may finally host a casino. But a new plan to bring a casino to Fairfield County might include the two tribal nations that currently operate gaming facilities in Connecticut, and not Las Vegas gaming giant MGM Resorts International.

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A West Hartford man who sought refuge from deportation in a Meriden church has left sanctuary.

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The only thing that’s now in between Connecticut workers and a paid family medical leave program is a signature from the governor.

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The 18-year old man shot by Wethersfield Police in April died from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the results of an autopsy performed on Anthony Jose “Chulo” Vega Cruz.

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Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill Tuesday that will incrementally raise the minimum wage in Connecticut to $15 an hour.

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The United States Senate has passed legislation that would provide Puerto Rico with more disaster relief money. But its ultimate passage has been delayed.

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A 29-year-old man is continuing to evade police in Torrington despite a promise made via social media.

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U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton delivered the commencement address at the U.S Coast Guard Academy in New London Wednesday, welcoming the graduating cadets into their service careers as he warned them of the dangers they are about to face.

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The passage of legislation in several states that effectively bans abortion sparked nationwide protests Tuesday, including in Hartford. But the steps of the state capitol also hosted a counter-protest, objecting to a bill in the Connecticut legislature which would place new restrictions on so-called crisis pregnancy centers.

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Local health institutions are receiving money to develop a vaccine for syphilis. Doctors from Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and the University of Connecticut will attempt to become the first research unit to test a syphilis vaccine on humans thanks to an $11 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

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In a time when thousands of jobs for skilled workers remain unfilled, Gov. Ned Lamont is saying to college graduates “we need you”.

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The first Connecticut family to have a crumbling foundation repaired using a new state fund have moved back in to their home.

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The United States Attorney from Connecticut has been chosen to probe the origins of the Russia investigation.

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Connecticut is leading a major effort to hold generic drug manufacturers responsible for the rising cost of pharmaceuticals.

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The state Supreme Court has temporarily frozen proceedings in the lawsuit brought forward by the families of loved ones killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The families are attempting to sue the manufacturer of the gun used in the massacre. 

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Sports betting and other gaming-related bills are not likely to come out of this legislative session, according to Governor Ned Lamont.

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Emails sent by the former chairman of Purdue Pharma are being seen by the public as a result of a complaint filed by the state of Connecticut.

Len Williams, a Hartford Athletic supporter, celebrates after the final whistle on Saturday May 4 when Athletic earned its first point of the season in a 1-1 tie vs. Charlotte in East Hartford.
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Hartford’s new pro soccer team made its debut in front of a home crowd Saturday, May 4.

A screengrab from the first of three videos released by the chief state's attorney on Friday, May 3, 2019 depicting the moments after a police officer in Wethersfield, Conn. shot an 18-year-old driver following a traffic stop.
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Nearly two weeks since a Wethersfield police officer shot an 18-year-old driver after a traffic stop, the chief state’s attorney’s office released dashcam footage and surveillance video on Friday that show the incident that led to the man’s death.

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The time has finally come for Connecticut’s newest pro soccer team to debut in the Hartford area.

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There’s been increased attention surrounding police officers and how they can provide a transparent view to the public of their interactions with civilians -- especially after two recent police shootings in Wethersfield and New Haven. 

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Details are emerging out of the officer-involved shooting that wounded a passenger in a car pursued by Hamden and Yale University police this month in New Haven.

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A Trinity College professor who made controversial comments on social media related to racism two years ago has sparked another conversation, this time accusing the Obamas of perpetuating systemic white racism.

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A transgender inmate seeking treatment for gender dysphoria is suing state correctional officials.

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A Wethersfield man is reportedly in critical condition after injuries suffered during an officer-involved shooting Saturday night.

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Community organizers are demanding action following the officer-involved shooting earlier this week that put a New Haven woman in the hospital with a gunshot wound.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal said it’s not over yet – it’s only the beginning of a new chapter.

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As the Stop & Shop strike stretches out past one week, some are starting to calculate its wider effect on the economy. Meanwhile, many of the striking workers themselves are waiting to hear if they have a chance to collect unemployment benefits.

U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta led a roundtable discussion on the Eastern Connecticut Manufacturing Pipeline Initiative in Montville on Tuesday, April 16. The pipeline is funded by Acosta's department through a local board.
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The United States Department of Labor Secretary was in Connecticut on Tuesday, April 16 to see for himself efforts to reskill the state’s manufacturing workforce.

Emily Wescott stocks the shelves at Noel's Market in Colchester. Wescott was called in Monday April 15, 2019 to deal with an increase in shoppers that her manager says directly correlates to the Stop & Shop union strike.
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With one local grocery chain dealing with a union strike, other stores are enjoying a bit of a boost as customers go grocery shopping somewhere else.