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
  • Storms damage farms, homes in Decatur County

    LETTS, Ind. – The National Weather Service will send two meteorologists to Decatur County to survey the damage left behind by a weekend storm. The Letts Community Fire Department says a six-mile stretch from the community of Horrace to Harris City saw the most impact. Several agricultural buildings lost their roofs, including one 4000-unit hog building. The damage was worse for other farms. Two barns built in the 19th century were leveled, leaving debris scattered across fields. “I’m just glad […]

  • Upstart computer program helps rural Indiana families get access to early education

    RUSHVILLE, Ind. – Preparing kids for the start of school can often be difficult for rural or low-income families. Many have little access to preschools or limited resources to afford them. Now, a non-profit program is being made available to these families across central Indiana. The Upstart program from Waterford brings online lessons to the home. Each one is modified to meet the child where they are and help them get ready for the next step. In Rushville, one mother says […]

  • Man in custody after slow-speed pursuit through downtown Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A man is in custody after a slow-speed pursuit through the heart of downtown Indianapolis. According to an officer at the scene, it began in the White Castle parking lot at the corner of Illinois Street and South Street. Police say the driver was sitting in his car in the parking lot. An officer pulled up behind the driver to see what he was doing. The driver then backed into the police cruiser and drove away. He […]

  • Indianapolis Zoo kicks off spring with xZOOberance

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Looking for a way to shake off cabin fever? The Indianapolis Zoo says they have it. On Thursday, the zoo launched the xZOOberance festival to welcome spring.  The new 12-day event features live music, arts, crafts and animal interaction. “We just thought, what can we do for spring to get people out, get them excited, let the kids go run, and let the parents get their sanity back,” said Judy Palermo, senior manager of public relations. Palermo […]

  • Greenfield courthouse clock tower back in working order

    GREENFIELD, Ind. – As Hoosiers prepare to turn their clocks forward, one community is turning theirs back on. About a month ago the hands on the Greenfield courthouse clock stopped turning. J.J. Smith, the repairman hired by the county says the malfunction was caused by a set screw, which likely came loose due to a buildup of ice. Smith is the president of Smith’s Bell and Clock Service. After finishing repairs he spoke with CBS4 about the historic clock. For […]

  • Indy couple living out of one room after tree smashes through mobile home

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman on the south side of Indianapolis recalls hearing a rumbling sound seconds before a tree limb crushed her family’s mobile home last Saturday. Jossie Eciwaudah and her husband Ronald say strong winds brought down the dead tree behind their home. The impact caved their roof in and ripped off the back exterior wall. “The very next split second from the rumble it was on top of us,” said Jossie. The couple says they were sitting […]

  • IU Health introduces new high tech mannequins for training

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Educators at IU Health say new tech is a critical component in the future of health care. They say nurses, doctors and those in training gain confidence by experience. Now those experiences can play out before a single step is taken in a hospital or clinic. At The Simulation Center in Fairbanks Hall, learners see medical scenarios play out in real time, within a controlled environment. Through computer controlled mannequins, each student and practitioner can learn to […]

  • The US Army reaches out to gamers in new recruitment strategy

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Army recruiters say they are changing the way they compete for top talent. Despite putting in more than 70 thousand soldiers – the highest in nearly a decade – the Army fell short of it’s 2018 mission. Now, they are trying to bridge the disconnect between the Army and society. Recruiters say most people only think of combat instead of the educational opportunities, and more than 150 different jobs. “I think that everybody that joins the army […]

  • Indy Eleven makes case for $550 million project that would include new soccer stadium

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Indiana’s only professional soccer team hopes to get a little Valentine’s Day love from state and city leaders by asking them to show love for soccer. Indy Eleven players are joining legislative leaders and fans to present their plans for a new stadium and ask for a hearing on Senate Bill 543. The bill would allow the club to build a multi-purpose facility that includes a 20,000 seat arena made for soccer. The club’s owner says the […]

  • Indianapolis family calls for action five months after deadly shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A deadly shooting over the weekend brought Indy’s yearly homicide number to 158. While IMPD says official crime statistics will be vetted and released at the beginning of 2019, the city previously said overall crime was down. Those statistics don’t take into account the number of homicides, which has grown for four years straight. CBS4 spoke with a family member of one of those victims whose case is still unsolved 5 months later. Though he says crime […]

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