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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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Something Governor Ned Lamont had been promising for 10 months finally happened Friday in Woodstock.

In the absence of an official Woodstock 50th anniversary concert in New York, Lamont invited the general public up to the Woodstock Fair for Connecticut’s own Woodstock tribute show.

Members of the media watch the debate just outside the room it was being filmed in at Hartford. The debate is one of three between four Democratic mayoral candidates over the next week.
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Democratic candidates for the 2019 Hartford mayoral election debated Thursday night.

The field includes party-endorsed incumbent Mayor Luke Bronin, J. Stan McCauley, who is a Democrat endorsed by the Republican party, and two candidates that petitioned their way onto the primary ballot -- state Representative Brandon McGee and former Mayor Eddie Perez.

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A judge has ruled in favor of a Connecticut inmate who sued the state in federal court over the conditions he’s faced during incarceration. 

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Right now, there are 941 women in prison in Connecticut. For those that make it out, one of the most difficult initial parts of re-entry can be finding somewhere to live.

A fire recently devastated one home that helps former inmates.

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As another major storm approaches Puerto Rico, the people on the island are still thinking of when Hurricane Maria made landfall there in 2017.

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A Connecticut man is suing a Farmington-based company for lost wages and benefits after the business reportedly closed down without notifying employees.

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Enfield’s police chief said it appears that his officers who pursued a suspect across state lines into Massachusetts were following department protocol.

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A group representing local Muslim Americans wants to know more about the owner of a minor league baseball team’s ties to an outfit that’s been called an “anti-Muslim hate group."

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Lawmakers and members of the public listened at a forum in Hartford on Tuesday, as more details emerged regarding alleged mismanagement inside a quasi-public state agency. The Connecticut General Assembly’s Transportation Committee hosted the public hearing in order to learn more about the corporate structure of the Connecticut Port Authority.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal is warning consumers about a proposal from the federal government that could force them to pay more for potentially inadequate repairs if they're involved in a car accident.

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The Secretary of the State’s office is defending Deputy Secretary Scott Bates as evidence grows about his role in questionable decisions at the Connecticut Port Authority.

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New Haven Police say they don’t yet know the whereabouts of a suspect who shot one of their officers. A police captain who reportedly tried to intervene in a shooting near the corner of Dixwell Avenue and Henry Street Monday night is in recovery after he was seriously injured.

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There’s a new initiative in Hartford aimed at exposing area teenagers to careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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A judge has cleared the way for the redevelopment of property surrounding the Hartford baseball stadium of the minor league Yard Goats.

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MGM Resorts International is continuing to fight tribal gaming expansion in Connecticut, this time with a lawsuit against the federal government.

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Two days after at least 31 people were fatally shot in mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Connecticut lawmakers took to the steps of the Capitol Monday to ask for immediate action on federal gun legislation.

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The official Woodstock 50th anniversary concert was cancelled Thursday. Festival organizers had trouble locking down a venue and then, several artists that had committed to the event pulled out.

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The state of Connecticut is launching an investigation into how one e-cigarette brand is marketed.

Attorney General William Tong announced on Wednesday that he’s sent a ‘civil investigative demand’ to Juul Labs Incorporated, the makers of Juul e-liquids.

Puerto Rican evacuee Rita Rivera addressed reporters inside the Catholic Charities, Institute For The Hispanic Family in Hartford Tuesday July 30, 2019 about problems evacuees face nearly two years after Hurricane Maria leveled Puerto Rico.
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Money that almost went back to the state is now in the hands of survivors of Hurricane Maria.

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Three days after a man was shot and killed by a Hartford police detective, the state’s attorney investigating the incident released body camera footage showing the shooting from the perspective of three different police officers.

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A man has died after he was shot by Hartford Police Friday night.

The Connecticut State Police have identified Alphonso Zaporta, 41, of Windsor, as the man shot by police on a highway on-ramp in Hartford.

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The University of Connecticut is paying a premium to leave the American Athletic Conference after the upcoming NCAA season is complete.

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High School sports teams in Killingly will no longer be known as the “Redmen.”

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For almost two weeks now, Puerto Ricans have taken to the streets of San Juan to call for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello. He was already a controversial figure in the wake of Hurricane Maria, but a recent leak of private messages sent between members of his administration has sparked a massive response that’s now reaching far beyond the island.

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A law passed this legislative session would have protected restaurant owners who are being sued over a provision in minimum wage law. But that bill was vetoed by Governor Ned Lamont and lawmakers have decided to let his veto stand.

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The National Weather Service placed Connecticut under an “excessive heat watch” this weekend. Just after noon on Saturday in Middletown, the temperature climbed to 100 degrees, according to Weather.com. It felt like 113 degrees as stifling humidity enveloped the air.

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Connecticut-based architect Cesar Pelli died Friday. 

His work is world-renowned – breaking out after being picked to redesign the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan.

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Puerto Ricans are vowing to continue their protests of the island’s leadership until one major demand is met.

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Lawmakers will meet up in Hartford Monday to discuss bills vetoed by Governor Ned Lamont. Lamont recently vetoed three bills. One – an act requiring a study of workforce training needs in the state – includes a proposal related to wages for restaurant wait staff.

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City leaders in Hartford are asking residents for help in the fight against a recent uptick in gun violence.

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