Abbey Niezgoda is a dynamic live reporter and storyteller on Connecticut’s most watched late newscast: NBC Connecticut News at 11. From chasing breaking news to finding characters for features, she is committed to telling stories that inspire and educate viewers about their communities and their neighbors.
Abbey prides herself on gaining exclusive access and getting people to tell the stories they would not share with anyone else. From talking one-on-one with friends of the Boston Marathon bomber to sitting down with a Sandy Hook teacher who helped keep her first graders safe during a school shooting, Abbey has a way of making people feel comfortable that helps her tell compelling stories.
Abbey is not afraid to ask the tough questions. Through an FOI request, she tracked down documents that showed the Hartford Police Department was down more than 100 officers. The shortfall was happening at a time when the homicide rate in Hartford was skyrocketing. She took the numbers straight to elected officials to ask what was being done to fix it.
From investigative stories to hard-hitting profiles, one of the most memorable moments of Abbey’s career was watching a 12-year-old paralyzed gymnast stand up for the first time after suffering from a mysterious illness. She documented her journey in a two-part series and considers it some of the most fulfilling work she has ever done.
Before calling Connecticut home, Abbey was reporting just over the border in Providence, Rhode Island where she covered Hurricane Sandy and the Blizzard of 2013. When she is not reporting on in the snow, she is dreaming of summers on Martha’s Vineyard. Abbey is no stranger to New England, having attended Emerson College in Boston.