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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.

Harriet Jones / Connecticut Public Radio

In the wake of last month’s high school shooting in Parkland, Florida, many parents are wondering what to do — or who to look to — if a potential threat is uncovered at their child’s school. Parents in Avon were recently confronted by the reality of a school lockdown.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A roller rink that’s been open in Groton for over 60 years has been shut down by the city. That’s because of a leaky roof that’s flooded the skating surface.

Connecticut Public

Jim Bransfield, a public address announcer for many years at area high school games, was known as the voice of Middletown.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda held a “Rally And Lobby Day for Puerto Rican Families” Wednesday in Hartford. The event was put on at the Capitol to get support for a disaster relief bill proposed in the House of Representatives.

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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy joined President Donald Trump and a bipartisan group of legislators at the White House Wednesday for an open forum on gun laws.

Connecticut Puerto Rican Agenda

A rally for Puerto Rican families will take place in Hartford on Wednesday. Organizers of the event hope it will lead to the passage of a bill in the Connecticut legislature that will set aside money for hurricane relief.

Members of Americares, including Dr. Anne Peterson (left), unload a plane containing medical supplies in San Juan this past October.
Alejandro Granadillo / Americares

Representatives from a Stamford-based nonprofit are heading to Puerto Rico this week to provide health services to Hurricane Maria survivors.

Students from Ridgefield High School, Lane Murdock (right), Paul Kim (center), and Max Cumming (left), visited Hartford on February 23 to discuss '#nationalwalkout' in response to gun violence.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Students from Ridgefield High School are taking aim at gun violence. Members of Connecticut’s congressional delegation invited them up to Hartford Friday to talk about their plan for a walkout for students nationwide.

Fran Rabinowitz, the president of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents, called for changes to gun legislation Thursday at East Hartford High School. She was supported by student leadership at the school.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

East Hartford High School students are joining a national chorus of voices against gun violence. They want to be heard by legislators in Washington D.C.

No Connecticut athletes are returning to Pyeonchang with medals.
Jeon Han / Republic of Korea

Connecticut’s eight Winter Olympians all failed to medal in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games.

The state’s last competitor in the games, Julia Marino of Westport, finished 10th in the women’s big air snowboarding event Thursday in Pyeongchang.

John Phelan / Creative Commons

The city of Hartford already uses a real-time acoustic device to detect the sound of gunshots as a way to help solve crimes. Now, the city wants to use it also to identify children who may need help processing the trauma from gun violence.

Creative Commons

Sixty-seven percent of Americans surveyed want stricter gun laws, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday.

Gov. Dannel Malloy characterized the stadium as being in a "great state of disrepair" during Friday's State Bonding Commission hearing in Hartford and presented two options prior to the vote -- pay to rebuild it or pay to take it down.
Frankie Graziano / WNPR

On Friday, the State Bonding Commission approved $10 million in funding to redevelop Dillon Stadium -- an 80-year-old facility located in Hartford’s Colt Park.

Frankie Graziano / WNPR

In the event the federal government reduces funding for Planned Parenthood, Governor Dannel Malloy pledged that Connecticut’s Office of Policy and Management would pay $6 million in Medicaid reimbursement to keep Connecticut’s 17 Planned Parenthood centers up and running.

Frankie Graziano / WNPR

So far this winter, more than 60 people have died in Connecticut of the flu. In many of those cases, the actual cause of death is respiratory failure -- the lungs stop working.

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