Beau Berman is an Edward R. Murrow Award winning Investigative and General Assignment Reporter for WTIC TV and the Hartford Courant.
This means he's the guy covering fires, contentious city council meetings and severe weather some of the time, and the guy looking into fraud, corruption and overall wrongdoing the rest of the time. Berman was reporting on the Connecticut coastline in October 2012 as the largest Atlantic Hurricane on record slammed into the state, devastating homes and businesses.
On the morning of December 14th, 2012, he was one of the first reporters to arrive at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School after a gunman opened fire. He reported from the grieving town for the next five days.
His investigative stories have helped Connecticut residents recoup thousands of dollars, led directly to multiple state investigations and led directly to the arrest of businessmen charged with defrauding their customers.
Recently, Beau's name and investigation were mentioned multiple times by a State Police Detective in an official arrest warrant, detailing how the detective used FOX CT stories to piece together the crime.
During his time at FOX CT, Beau's exposed questionable contractors, uncovered details about a priest accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from his own church and warned consumers about a 'salesman training program' that's left dozens angry and without their $500 deposit. Why does he spend hours researching companies, filing detailed Freedom of Information Act requests and stand outside for hours in the cold waiting for interviews? It's all part of Beau's commitment to hold Connecticut's government offices, businesses and other entities accountable. It's the 'watchdog' function of the media that FOX CT believes in and prioritizes because viewers need to know that someone is watching out for their tax dollars and their personal budgets.
He protects his confidential sources and values their trust when they come forward with a story. Sometimes people lie to Beau about their identity and intentions and they often refuse to talk with him about what they're accused of doing. But that hasn't stopped him from getting answers and more often than not, getting results. This tenacity and truth-seeking nature has proven effective for Beau throughout his career.
Beau joined the FOX CT news team after reporting in Texas, where he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting in 2010 and more than ten Associated Press Broadcasters awards. That¿s also where he interviewed oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens and the real Erin Brockovich. In 2011, he was interviewed by the national NPR show 'This American Life' about his role in breaking several stories related to the trial of two nurses.
In his free time, Beau volunteers with the Connecticut Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters program as a mentor to a 10 year old in the Hartford region.
He was also one of 12 American journalists selected as a 2012 RIAS Berlin Kommission Fellow, spending two weeks in Germany, the Czech Republic and Belgium. He was also one of 30 journalists selected as a 2012 New England First Amendment Institute Fellow and he is now on the advisory board of the New England First Amendment Center's Education Committee. Beau helps spreads his love of journalism as an adjunct Professor of Broadcast Journalism at Quinnipiac University in Hamden when he's not reporting at FOX CT.
Beau is a graduate of Penn State University and a huge Nittany Lions fan. He's a former ice hockey player who now spends his free time on the basketball court or on the pavement training for his next marathon.
He now lives with his dog, Benny, in the greater-Hartford area.
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