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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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Governor Dannel Malloy set the tone of his final State of the State address Wednesday when he said early in his speech that rather than talk about the budget, he would discuss “something that is a simple concept, but also a bold aspiration.”

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Two new developments may slow down or ultimately halt efforts to construct the proposed third Connecticut casino in East Windsor.

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Up and down Main Street in downtown Madison, the local chamber of commerce has placed one American and one Olympic flag atop every single light post. They are flying high in celebration of the town’s three Olympians — freestyle skiers Mac Bohonnon and Kiley McKinnon and figure skater Zach Donohue.

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Both Connecticut senators slammed a controversial memo released to the public today from the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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A New Fairfield man has been deported, leaving behind his wife and two kids.

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Governor Dannel Malloy is introducing a proposal to restore funding for transportation projects.

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Kerry Taylor and her husband are self-employed farmers from Salem. She said her family has to consider health insurance costs when balancing the annual business budget.

As late as Monday night, the National Weather Service predicted just a coating-to-two inches of snow across Connecticut. But after the snow fell, many areas of Connecticut received much more than the forecast called for. Some school districts had to close for the day, and there were serious accidents on some highways.

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The University of Connecticut confirmed Friday that its men’s basketball team is under NCAA investigation.

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The Affordable Care Act required Americans to carry some form of health insurance. But the new federal tax bill will eliminate what’s called an “individual mandate” for the 2019 tax year.

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A New Fairfield man is to be deported next week to his native Guatemala.

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Any Hurricane Maria evacuee who walks into a Hartford relief center gets a warm meal, some winter clothes, and a pair of boots for trudging in the New England snow. That goes a long way for someone displaced from the tropical weather.

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Cualquier evacuado por el Huracán María que entre en el centro de socorro de Hartford, recibe una comida caliente, ropas de invierno y un par de botas para desplazarse en la nieve de New England. Eso significa mucho para alguien desplazado de un clima tropical.

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Game attendance for the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team is dropping.

But some fans are forever. This past weekend, the university honored its biggest fan at halftime.

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Last year, the number of homicides in Hartford was lower than in 2015. But murders in Connecticut’s capital city were up from 2016, including a spike in one Hartford neighborhood.

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