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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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Christina Leary didn’t get to vote at Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut because she was at the wrong polling location. But she said otherwise, things seemed to be working well.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal called Sunday’s church shooting in Texas an “act of evil.”

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On Friday at 5:00 pm, the Connecticut Public Affairs Network stopped its operations of CT-N, a network founded in 1999 to independently cover all three branches of state government.

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The three bidders vying to win the Dillon Stadium project spoke at a hearing Wednesday night at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Members of the public got a chance to speak as well.

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It was June 11, 2011. And the University of Connecticut Huskies had a lot on the line that night. A win would send them to the NCAA Super Regional -- a contest UConn had never reached. And the Major League Baseball draft was happening at the same time. George Springer was playing centerfield. He was also about to become a multi-millionaire in the draft.

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Pedro Bermudez, a Hartford school teacher, retired many years ago to Puerto Rico. He planned to live there for good with his wife Jeanette Hernandez.

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One of the men who pleaded not guilty Monday in the ongoing probe of the 2016 election has deep Connecticut ties.

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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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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 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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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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