Jennifer Kovaleski, KOAA News 5

Jennifer Kovaleski

KOAA News 5

Denver, CO, United States

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Past articles by Jennifer:

Aurora looking to hire Art Acevedo as interim police chief

The city of Aurora is looking to hire Art Acevedo as its interim police chief, Denver7 Investigates has learned. → Read More

Former 12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne disbarred

Former DA Alonzo Payne has agreed to be disbarred without a hearing, agreeing to stipulations that he was not ready to handle the position or to prosecute complicated cases. → Read More

San Luis Valley DA Alonzo Payne resigns with recall looming

Embattled 12th Judicial District Attorney Alonzo Payne submitted his resignation on Wednesday, according to an email received by victims and Payne’s resignation letter, which were obtained by Denver7. → Read More

Report says Aurora Police Department investigations into serious crimes delayed due to records backlog

An independent report authored by a police records consulting firm found the Aurora Police Department had more than 2,500 reports still backlogged for investigation — a “high-liability matter,” according to the report — including reports involving child sexual abuse, murder and carjacking. → Read More

Records show student grades are down in school districts across Colorado due to the pandemic

Denver7 Investigates obtained records from the largest metro area school districts in Colorado, which show student grades during the pandemic are down in almost every district. → Read More

Bill introduced at the Capitol could forever change Colorado’s domestic violence laws

Colorado lawmakers introduced legislation this week that, if passed, will forever change the state’s laws regarding domestic violence. The measure comes after more than a year of Denver7 investigations into the murder of 10-year-old Ty Tesoriero in September 2019. → Read More

Colorado political expert says US Capitol breach could have lasting impacts on democracy

Seth Masket, a political science professor and the director of the Center on American Politics at the University of Denver, sat down with Denver7's Jennifer Kovaleski to talk about the unprecedented events that transpired at our nation's Capitol earlier Wednesday. → Read More

Colorado murder home sits in legal limbo two years after Chris Watts killed his family

More than two years after Chris Watts killed his pregnant wife Shanann and their two daughters, Celeste, 3, and Bella, 4, the home where they lived still sits vacant. → Read More

Aurora city leaders push for temporary ban on ketamine, sedative used to subdue Elijah McClain

Aurora city leaders want to put a temporary ban on the use of ketamine by first responders. The push comes a year after paramedics injected Elijah McClain with a heavy dose of the sedative drug before he became unresponsive while in police custody and eventually died. → Read More

Westminster neighbors complain about increased airplane noise, dozens of planes flying overhead

When you live three miles from an airport, the early morning sound of an occasional plane overhead is nothing new. → Read More

How accurate are COVID-19 antibody tests? Local scientist helps validate UCHealth test

There are dozens of COVID-19 antibody tests promising to tell people if they have had coronavirus, but are they accurate? → Read More

The mask debate: CDC considers advising more to wear masks to prevent COVID-19

Public opinion appears to be shifting on masks, after months of hearing from experts about how Americans don't need to wear them amid the coronavirus outbreak that guidance is starting to change. → Read More

Who qualifies for unemployment and who doesn’t in Colorado?

New numbers estimate more than 250,000 Coloradans could be out of work by this summer, according to analysis from the Economic Policy Institute. → Read More

When Aurora voters did away with red-light cameras, gang prevention programs were eliminated, too

When Aurora voters did away with the city's photo red light cameras, it eliminated funding for Aurora's Gang Prevention Program (AGRIP), and community leaders said that decision is playing a direct role in the recent uptick in youth violence. → Read More

CU Boulder artificial intelligence app could change the way mental illness is diagnosed

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder may have come up with a way to help people discreetly seek help for mental health. An app that could change the way clinicians diagnose mental illness. → Read More

Twitter bans political ads as Facebook doubles down on keeping them

In a world where political ads on social media generate millions of dollars and influence millions of potential voters, figuring out what's real and what's not can be tricky. → Read More

Aurora mother hasn't seen her daughter in two months after ex took off with their toddler

Gilda Martinez says she suffered years in an abusive relationship, and this summer finally had the courage to leave and filed a protection order, but now her ex has taken off with their only child and police have issued a warrant for his arrest. → Read More

Xcel Energy plans to close 2 of its coal fired plants in Pueblo to make way for a greener future

The first thing you see driving into Pueblo, are the smoke stacks. → Read More

Colo. lawmaker wants to make sure what happened to10-year-old Ty Tesoriero never happens again

Colorado house lawmaker Rep. Jonathan Singer, D-Longmont, can relate to ten-year-old Ty Tesoriero's tragic story. He worked as a Boulder social services worker for four years before running for state office. → Read More

Man who killed son, himself should not have had gun due to law regarding domestic violence abusers

The man who killed his 10-year-old son and then himself last weekend should have had the weapon taken from him under a 2013 Colorado law but it was not, and neighbors of the man say they now believe they received warning signs from the boy who was killed. → Read More