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Connor Long joined the Denver7 news team as a Special Olympics Colorado contributor in 2015. He prepares on-air reports, writes stories, and interviews athletes, coaches and volunteers with Special Olympics. You can watch his inspirational stories Saturday mornings on Denver7.
Connor jumped at the opportunity to work as a reporter with Denver7.
“I’m not aware of any other news station featuring reporters with intellectual disabilities. If we are the first, we are happy to be the first of many. If we are not the first, we are just as happy to be the latest team helping to change the face of reporting while telling great stories.”
Connor was a speaker at his high school graduation ceremonies (2012 Fairview High School in Boulder, Colo.). He has been involved with Special Olympics Colorado since 2007, starting as a member of the track and soccer teams at Southern Hills Middle School. His athletic career at his school expanded to swimming and unified basketball. He competed on the Fairview HS varsity swim team all four years, earning letters his final two seasons. Connor continued on after high school as a standout Special Olympics swimmer, competing in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events.
Connor’s evolving leadership role for Special Olympics Colorado has included speaking at events and singing the national anthem for competitions. Beyond his involvement with Special Olympics, Connor is engaged in dif-abilities advocacy and developing his career in acting, both on stage and in film. Over the past three years he has studied Shakespeare at CU Boulder, is a founding member of Louisville’s Tapestry Theatre Company, and performed in a variety of music videos, short films and feature movies that have aired on cable TV and at festivals around the world. One of his feature films premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2016, and his latest project is the lead role in the independent short-film Learning to Drive.
Connor is employed part-time as a floating general assistant at La Revolucion Taqueria y Cantina in Louisville. He has also volunteered for Special Olympics Colorado, BolderBoulder, Children’s Hospital Colorado, National Down Syndrome Society, and Global Down Syndrome Foundation.