Tony Kovaleski Biography
Tony Kovaleski, born Anthony Carl is an American investigative reporter currently working at Denver ABC Scripps’ KMGH-Channel 7. Previously Kovaleski worked at NBC Bay Area, KNTV in the San Francisco Bay Area. From 2001 to 2011, he was the investigative reporter at KMGH-TV in Denver, Colorado.
Tony Kovaleski Age
Kovaleski was born in 1959 in Iron River, Michigan, United States. He is about 60 years as of 2019. He grew up in San Jose, California.
Tony Kovaleski Family
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He is a married man. He has three daughters, Namely; Jennifer Kovaleski (who is also a reporter) Brooke Kovaleski and the third one whom her name is not stated.
Tony Kovaleski Education
He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. He is a faculty member of the National Center for Courts and Media with the University of Nevada’s Reynolds School of Journalism and is also a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), the professional organization for investigative journalists.
Tony Kovaleski Career
Kovaleski joined the Investigative Team of the NBC Bay Area in December 2011. His most recent work includes exposing problems at sporting venues across California. His investigations into the VTA Light Rail system of Santa Clara County have exposed abnormally high rates of fair evasion.
His second report showed that the light rail system was still unable to provide its riders with credit card readers after two years. In addition, his report on the mechanical breakdowns of a major East Bay school bus provider alerted several East Bay school districts to a history of unreported problems.
In the summer of 2008, while at KMGH-TV in Denver, Kovaleski aired a series of stories that chronicled problems with Denver’s emergency ambulance service, including response times that were nearly double the national standard.
The stories also showed that there was no permanently stationed an ambulance at Denver International Airport even though the facility was more than twenty miles from the city center.
More than 100 people were on Continental Airlines Flight 1404 in December 2008 when the pilot lost control. The aircraft slid off Runway 34 Right and burst into flames during take-off. Kovaleski obtained ambulance response records showing the first emergency ambulance needed 33 minutes to reach the scene.
The investigative documentary “33 Minutes to 34 Right” aired in March 2009 and led to significant changes in Denver’s ambulance procedures and policies including the permanent assignment of an ambulance at DIA.
In May 2010, Kovaleski reported accepting gifts and an all-expense-paid trip to Pebble Beach on several state-appointed board members of Pinnacol Assurance. The board was tasked with overseeing Pinnacol Assurance including the expenditure of the agency.
Kovaleski’s investigation forced the board to be revised, including the appointment of a new president and the implementation of strict travel and gift regulations accepted by board members.
Kovaleski’s source-based investigative reporting landed interviews with four members of Denver’s FBI that produced a look inside the federal investigation and conviction of admitted terrorist Najibullah Zazi. The 30-minute documentary provided insight into how a national terror plot targeting New York City was unraveled by the Denver FBI office.
His reporting and investigations have been featured on CNN, ABC’s Good Morning America, ABCs “20/20” and CNN’s “Larry King Live.”
Tony Kovaleski Net Worth
His 2019s net worth is still under review.
Tony Kovaleski Parents In The Dark
A former Colorado congressman says state law needs to change after Denver7 Investigates revealed a series of school employee arrests that parents were not initially informed about.
Over the course of several months, Denver7 Investigates has uncovered four incidents in three different districts in which parents were not told about the arrests of school employees charged with sex crimes against students until Denver7 reported on the arrests.
In three of the incidents, schools did not inform parents for months after the arrests.
“It is absolutely a scandal,” Bob Schaffer said. “Parents are in the dark, and it’s not just an accident – parents are in the dark in Colorado deliberately.”
Schaffer, a former Republican congressman, served as head of the state board of education six years ago, when similar reporting uncovered similar scandals. At that time the board, led by Schaffer, voted to require schools to send notifications to parents when school employees were arrested and charged with serious crimes.
But the Legislature dismantled the rule, deciding the board did not have the authority to make such a requirement of districts.
Current state law leaves it up to individual districts to decide if and when they will notify parents about the arrests of teachers and other school employees. Most districts told Denver7 Investigates they don’t have a policy about parental notification and take arrests on a case-by-case basis.
State Rep. Paul Lundeen said he is planning to propose a bill in the next legislative session.
“We need to close the loopholes that exist by writing laws to solve this problem,” Lundeen said. “Let’s in fact shine the bright light on this, because in fact sunlight is a great disinfectant on a moldy, dusty, murky, evil crime of this nature.”