Colby Thelen is a morning reporter for FOX59 and CBS4, covering Indy’s news for the 4-10am broadcasts. He joined the team in June 2018 after spending two years as a morning reporter for News 2 in Charleston, SC.

During his time there, Colby covered major natural disasters including Hurricanes Matthew and Irma, as well as high-profile criminal cases including the trials of the Mother Emanuel Church shooter and police officer Michael Slager. He also had the opportunity to interview prominent South Carolina legislators Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Mark Sanford and Sen. Lindsay Graham about the issues most important to their constituents.

A passionate storyteller, Colby received an award from the Radio, Television and Digital News Association of the Carolinas in 2017 for his series on the Lowcountry’s Blue Collar workers.

After graduating from Clemson University with a double major in Communications and Political Science, Colby took a position as a broadcast associate for CBS This Morning in New York, where he worked closely with the show’s anchors and contributed to the daily production of the broadcast.

A native of Hendersonville, NC, Colby is a true southerner at heart. He loves college football (go Tigers!), North Carolina barbecue and sipping sweet tea. In his free time, Colby enjoys playing guitar and can often be found at karaoke belting out Marvin Gaye songs. He lives in Broad Ripple with his wife, Weesie, and puppy, Swayze.

Recent Articles
  • Strongest woman in the world is an Indianapolis native

    PLAINFIELD, Ind. — Indiana may be known for basketball and racing, but it’s also making a name for itself in the world of heavy lifting. Born and raised in the Circle City, Jessica Fithen is the “Strongest Woman in the World.” She earned the title at a Strongman competition earlier this year in Palmer, Alaska. Each Strongman competition has different events, and they’re scored by weight, repetitions, or time. Fithen dominated her competition. She even won the 55 pound rubber Salmon […]

  • IPS superintendent discusses new strategies during first-ever State of the District address

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson addressed what’s next for the district on Wednesday night at Shortridge High School. The first State of the District address comes in Johnson’s first year as superintendent. The district says the meeting was a way to celebrate success, discuss growth, and discuss the district’s future. “We’ve launched six new strategic priorities for the year,” Johnson said. “We want to make sure that our broader community is aware of what we’re focused […]

  • Elite TSA agent retires after 9 years of service

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Since the attacks on September 11, 2001, airports across the nation continue to look for ways to enhance security. Not only was Indianapolis the first city to reopen their airport after the 9/11 attacks, but seven years ago, they were the first to introduce a new screening program. On the last week of September, that program reached a milestone. One of the members the TSA says was integral in the program’s launch retired. “She makes the job […]

  • Plea deal drops murder count, adds gun charge for suspect charged in death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett

    LEBANON, Ind. — One of the three men charged in the shooting death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett pleaded guilty Friday. Prosecutors say 23-year-old John Ball agreed to a plea deal that included seven different charges. Prosecutors filed one of those charges on the day of the hearing; it was related to the gun used in Pickett’s shooting death. Prosecutors argued that John Ball gave Anthony Baumgardt the weapon prior to the shooting with knowledge that Baumgardt was not […]

  • With Hurricane Dorian approaching, Hoosiers head east to help

    EDINBURGH, Ind. –  As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the east coast, Duke Energy employees in Indiana prepare to respond. On Friday, the company deployed teams from eight different locations across the state. Among those teams are linemen, engineers, administrators and employees in charge of clearing vegetation. In total, 700 people from across the Midwest are prepared to help, but they don’t yet know where. The teams will rally at the staging point in Macon, Georgia. They will stay […]

  • Columbus Pickleball players hope for new space in city’s oldest park

    COLUMBUS,Ind. – At just over 100 years, Donner Park is the oldest park in Columbus, but it’s a new sound that’s getting all of the attention. Every week, in folding chairs and good spirits, dozens of people line up for their chance to play Pickleball. The game has been around for decades, but the Sports and Fitness Industry Association now bills it at the nation’s fastest-growing sport. It certainly is in Columbus. “You’re able to let out your frustration, you’re […]

  • Greenwood releases final designs for multi-million dollar renovation project

    GREENWOOD, Ind. — Greenwood released the final designs for a multi-million dollar renovation to the old Greenwood Middle School field house. The building is the only one left standing on the 19-acre property after the city tore down the old school earlier this year. Now behind a chain-link fence, the brick structure with the city’s name in green letters awaits its own future. “We’re hoping to see construction very soon,” says Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers. Plans for the soon-to-be field house […]

  • Undercover operation cracks down on aggressive driving near semi trucks

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — You don’t have to drive far to find a construction site on Indiana roads. This summer, they seem to be everywhere and law enforcement says it brings an increased need to stay alert. On Tuesday, the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department held a sting operation aimed at catching and educating those who text and drive. Last week, Indiana State Police with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Administration held another undercover operation focusing on commercial vehicles. The sting was planned […]

  • Semi driver charged in I-465 crash that killed mother, twin girls

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Formal charges were filed Thursday against a truck driver accused of causing a fatal crash on I-465. Bruce Pollard, 57, is facing three counts of reckless homicide and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle in a work zone. After the charges were filed, Pollard made his first court appearance. On his way to court, after being prompted to apologize to the victim’s family by a fellow jail inmate, Pollard did express some remorse for causing […]

  • Couple warns Indy residents of Craigslist scam

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis couple believes they were nearly the victims of a scam artist. It started with a simple post on Craigslist and ended with a call to the police department. Earlier this year, Carole Sobotka and her husband attempted to sell a couch. After striking out on Facebook, they turned to Craigslist. The sale price was $50. At first, they didn’t receive any interest, but then one potential buyer made them an unusual offer. “He said he […]

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