Monika Zachara joined the 9&10 News team in March 2021 as a reporter for the hour long lifestyle show, ‘The Four.’
She picked up her belongings and traded in the historic New England towns for Northern Michigan farms. This Connecticut native wanted to challenge herself and experience an opportunity many people are afraid to take. Monika loves to share the stories happening in the community – with each interview, she learns something new about Northern Michigan.
Originally going to school for social work, Monika quickly realized she not only had a passion for helping others, but she wanted to share their stories. Graduating from Central Connecticut State University with a Communications and Psychology degree, she continued her education at Sacred Heart University where she received her master’s in Broadcast Journalism and Media Production.
Some of her experience includes internships for The Steve Wilkos Show and Judge Jerry, Connecticut’s WTNH News 8, Camera Operator for Stafford Motor Speedway races, hosting the Miss Polonia Pageant, and creating her own Youtube show ‘Munchies with Monz.’
When Monika isn’t at work shooting, writing, and editing stories, she’s spending time exploring her new home of Northern Michigan, working out, trying out new recipes, and FaceTiming her beloved family and friends. One very special place to Monika is Poland, her real home away from home. Born in Kolbuszowa, she visits her family frequently, keeping her heritage close to her.
If you have a story idea, you can find Monika on Facebook and Instagram @monikazacharatv.