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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 state audit requested by a leading Republican lawmaker revealed that funds meant to support workers present at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting did not go where they were supposed to.

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Campaigners against domestic violence say the incident in Watertown, in which two teenagers were shot to death by their mother’s boyfriend, represents a too-common trend.

Watertown police say that 16-year-old Sterling Jette Jr. and 15-year-old Della Jette were killed Tuesday night by Paul Ferguson -- who then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

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The Trump administration has made a ruling that critics say will force many Americans into hunger.

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Connecticut’s second snowstorm in as many days left many people throughout the state cleaning up a mess they thought was already behind them.

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The 83rd unning of the Manchester Road Race takes place on Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.

Some people run to win the race, some run to win their age group and some run for a title -- the title of best costume.

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The trucking industry is pushing back against a Democratic proposal to toll only trucks in Connecticut. 

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The nation’s oldest high school football rivalry belongs to two Connecticut programs. New London and Norwich Free Academy will play for the 158th time this week in a game traditionally played on Thanksgiving.

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The University of Connecticut has its first Rhodes scholar.

Wanjiku Gatheru, an environmental studies major from Pomfret, is one of 32 people who will study free of charge at England’s Oxford University for at least two years.

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Fighting wildfires is a constant struggle in Southern California, but a Connecticut manufacturer has a way to help.

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Forty-seven people have died in recent months from vaping-related illnesses, and there’s rising concern around the country about addiction levels among young people.

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Democratic State Representative Linda Orange died of cancer Wednesday. She was 69.

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Connecticut Secretary of the State Denise Merrill randomly drew names of voting precincts from a lottery machine on Wednesday, revealing the polling places that will be subject to an audit for the 2019 municipal election.

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Democrats in Connecticut’s House of Representatives don’t see tolls on passenger cars happening any time soon, but they do see them just for tractor-trailers on bridges.

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The city of Norwich may soon be without a minor league baseball team.

The New York Times has put out a so-called “hit list” of 42 American teams that could lose major league affiliation, and the Norwich-based Connecticut Tigers are on it.

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Ryan Costello, a baseball prospect from Wethersfield who played for a minor league team affiliated with the Minnesota Twins, has died. He was 23.

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Two Connecticut residents infected with the influenza virus have died, the state’s first flu-related deaths of the 2019-20 season, according to state public health officials. 

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On the day of the first public hearing of the U.S. House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry, students at Quinnipiac University in Hamden watched on a giant projector screen in the student center.

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About 800,000 young undocumented immigrants have benefited from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, since its inception in 2012, but now many of them are living and going to school in the U.S. with their status in doubt.

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A Darien man is refusing to return to the island where he’s been charged in the death of a hotel worker because he’s concerned for his safety.

Scott Hapgood was charged in April with manslaughter shortly after encountering what he said was an aggressive resort employee at the door of his vacation suite in Anguilla.

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A class-action lawsuit involving veterans who say they’ve been wrongfully denied discharge upgrades will move forward. The suit -- which is being supported by Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic -- was filed against the Navy in 2018.

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Gov. Ned Lamont believes the state can no longer “kick the can down the road” when it comes to funding transportation in Connecticut.

Lamont and his administration will now move forward with a plan called CT2030 that they hope will improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and significantly cut down the time it takes the average commuter to get around the state.

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An undocumented Honduran immigrant living in Connecticut is suing several federal agencies, alleging that she was sexually assaulted multiple times by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

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Tens of thousands of homes in Connecticut lost power Thursday night as severe thunderstorms swept the eastern seaboard. Downed trees and power lines closed roads in cities and towns across the state, and dozens of school districts have delayed starts or canceled classes Friday.

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Connecticut Air National Guard troops who responded to the crash of a vintage plane at Bradley International Airport earlier this month met the governor and reporters Wednesday in East Granby.

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Hartford Athletic soccer recently finished up its first season in the United Soccer League, winning 8 of 34 games played.

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New Britain is about to be without professional baseball for the first time since 1982. The New Britain Bees announced Monday that they’re going from the Atlantic League, an independent professional league, to a collegiate summer baseball league called the Futures League, or FCBL.

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Vaping devices will be part of a drug takeback event this weekend for the first time in the state. 

The University of Connecticut has revealechud the identity of nine of the 12 teams, including the University of Massasetts, the school's football team will play in 2020 -- its first season as an independent in 18 years.
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The University of Connecticut has announced who the football team will play in its upcoming season – its first without conference affiliation since 2003.

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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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