Nicole Nalepa is the anchor of Connecticut’s #1 morning newscast, “Eyewitness News This Morning."
Since she came to WFSB in December 2013, she has been waking up Connecticut starting at 4:30 A.M. every weekday morning. In addition to serving as news anchor, Nicole wears many different hats at the station. She has been the host of weekly segments and franchises including: "Surprise Squad", "Family Friday", What's Going On", "Lost & Pound", and "The Bright Spot" -- a passion project she started in March 2020. When the pandemic hit, she was able to hone in on her love of positive storytelling and helping others with this daily segment and has been churning out stories for the station 5 days a week. In addition, she just took on a new venture: podcast host! Nicole produces and hosts a weekly show called, "Mommyhood Unscripted" -- a safe space she created for women of all ages. This podcast tackles some of the biggest topics and least discussed issues surrounding motherhood. Nicole, a soon-to-be mother of two, takes listeners along for the ride and shares the meaningful conversations she has with some of the top experts and social influencers from around our country.
Before coming to Connecticut, Nicole spent several years anchoring and reporting in the mornings at WWLP in Springfield, MA. She was one of the first “live on-scene” reporters from western Massachusetts, during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect; CNN aired several of her live reports and her coverage contributed to an Emmy-winning newscast. Just days after Hurricane Sandy paralyzed parts of the Northeast, Nicole accompanied local pilots who were delivering aid to one of the hardest hit areas in New Jersey, and documented her journey. She also covered the deadly tornado that ripped through western Massachusetts in 2011 and was part of the news team that won two Emmys and an AP Award for the coverage.
Nicole graduated from Westfield State University with a Communication degree. She was selected for a post-grad internship at CBS News in New York on the "Evening News with Katie Couric" -- where she found herself handing her favorite T.V. anchor her scripts each night. Nicole also pitched an investigative piece for 60 Minutes which she presented in front of the CBS' News execs at the time.
When she’s not on-air, Nicole keeps very busy in the community. She volunteers for numerous non-profits that benefit children, the special needs community, mothers, animals, and music. She also dedicates much of her free time visiting local schools, reading to students, emceeing numerous events, and raising money for charity. But if you were to ask her, she'd tell you her greatest achievement to date has been becoming a mother. Nicole and her husband Andrew welcomed their first child in May 2019, and their son is going to be a big brother this summer! Nicole is also a proud dog mom to 'Ringo'.