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
  • 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 […]

  • IMPD Officer Perry Renn honored 5 years after death in the line of duty

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Central Indiana Police Foundation (CIPF) and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 are honoring the life and service of a fallen IMPD officer. The organizations will station teams at the IMPD North District headquarters at the start of each shift. The teams will talk about Officer Perry Renn and pass out a commemorative coin in his memory. Then, more than 15 cars with current and retired officers will drive across central Indiana passing out the gift to […]

  • Milan’s 1954 basketball team celebrates 65th anniversary of hoops miracle

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It is considered one of the greatest moments in Indiana sports history: the Milan Miracle. Sixty-five years ago, the unlikely underdog story unfolded in front of 15,000 fans. In the 1954 state basketball championship, the Milan Indians upset Indiana powerhouse Muncie Central on a last-second shot. The school had an enrollment of only 161 students, and their team’s victory became an inspiration to small town teams everywhere. Legend has it that the story even inspired the 1986 […]

  • Carmel program helps struggling families in need of food

    CARMEL, Ind. — It’s a fear that many families face as the school year draws to an end—how to provide three healthy meals every day. According to the Carmel Youth Assistance Program, 1500 students in the Carmel Clay School District rely on free or reduced school breakfast and lunch. Once the school year ends,  the burden is placed on their parents to provide those meals over the 11-week break. “After our first year of offering the program one of the […]

  • Student clinic providing services for low-income neighborhood

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– On a stool at the entrance of Neighborhood Fellowship Church, elder Jim Strietelmeier welcomes his near east side community with jovial laughter and a “God bless you.” He’s been there nearly every week for the past ten years. It’s not a welcome for Sunday worship, but a service of a different kind. It’s a welcome to a free student-run clinic that began a decade ago. For Strietelmeier, it started with a seed of faith planted long before that. […]

  • Education spending key part of final state budget

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The legislative session could come to a close on Wednesday night with the passage of a final budget. About 30 minutes after the two-year budget was published, Republican leadership spoke about its key points, most noticeably the education spending. The budget would direct $700 million in new funding to public schools. It would increase current spending 2.5 percent next year and 2.5 percent in 2022. Some Democrats are unhappy with the budget because it did not specifically […]

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