Renee Chmiel joined the News 8 team in June 2014 and is excited to be a part of the team she grew up watching.
Raised in Suffield, Connecticut, she began her career at WDAZ in North Dakota as the Devils Lake Bureau reporter. After covering the historic lake flooding she moved to the main station in Grand Forks where she covered education. She also reported for News 12 Connecticut for three years, where she covered Hurricane Sandy, the Bridgeport train derailment and the Sandy Hook shooting.
Renee is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, where she studied Communication. She also has her master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of New Haven.
When she’s not reporting she enjoys traveling. She’s recently been to China, Morocco and Iceland and she wants to see the world! She also enjoys fitness and the outdoors.
8 Things you didn’t know about Renee Chmiel
Favorite memory / story from working in TV news?
Touring central North Dakota in a Blackhawk helicopter with the governor.
What inspired you to work in news?
I love telling stories and helping people. I believe my job allows me to do both!
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
Istanbul Café! I love Turkish food.
Who is your favorite musician/band and/or best concert you ever been to?
Oasis is my absolute favorite band. I also like Alice in Chains, Guns N’ Roses and Metallica.
What’s the best dish you can make?
Does a salad count? I’m not a cook!
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
I want to go everywhere – but Spain, Italy and Japan are all at the top of my list.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I grew up on a farm. I also love Teslas. (That’s two things!)
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
I like gardening. My house is full of plants. I have lemon trees and an avocado tree that I’ve grown.