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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
  • Teen go cart champion honors the legacy of IndyCar hero

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A central Indiana middle school student hopes to become the youngest winner of the Indy 500, but his accomplishments off the track are making an impact on the classroom. Elliot Cox is a seven-time national go cart points champion. In this seventh grader’s bedroom, you won’t find much shelf space or uncovered walls. The room is filled with trophies and medals won at races across the nation. “A lot of wins, and a lot of podiums,” says […]

  • Domestic Violence Network unveils plan to address violence in overlooked communities

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Domestic Violence Network takes another step in a  two-decade long push to curb violence in Indianapolis homes. The network’s research found one in every three women and one in every seven men will experience it in their lifetime. “It touches everyone whether you know it touches you or not,” DVN Executive Director Kelly McBride said. “If you’re not a victim of domestic violence you most likely know someone who is.” On Thursday, DVN will introduce a […]

  • Construction set to begin on Block 20 development near historic Athenaeum building

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A local developer will join city leaders in breaking ground on a new project four years in the making. The ceremony will mark the beginning of construction on the $20 million “Block 20” mixed-use development. Currently, the lot next to the historic Athenaeum building is used for surface parking. When all is said and done, developers say the structure will include a 252-spot parking structure, 77 new apartments and restaurant space. The project will be done in […]

  • McCordsville council will see town center concept for the first time

    MCCORDSVILLE, Ind. — In a small town neighboring Fishers, Lawrence and Indianapolis, growth seems to be inevitable. Leaders in McCordsville say they have seen it for a while. It’s one of the fastest growing communities in Central Indiana, but right now the town has to figure out how to keep the people there. “Basically they’re going outside of McCordsville for almost everything,” says town manager Tonya Galbraith. She says their market analysis showed residents are looking for outside options when […]

  • City prepares appeal after being denied a special exception for Community Justice Center

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – City officials are preparing to argue why an exception should be made to a city ordinance to pave the way for a project. Construction is already under way on the Community Justice Center on the near east side of Indianapolis. According to our newsgathering partners at IndyStar, a specific part of the city’s plan raised concerns from those who live nearby, and now faces a battle for approval. The $620 million project is located near the Pleasant […]

  • Christmas trees, children’s gifts could pose safety risks after the holiday

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – New gifts, old food and dried out trees are a few things you may have in your house after the Christmas holiday. Those items could also pose a risk to families leading in to the new year. One of the biggest potential dangers is old Christmas trees. The risk of fires increase as the trees dry out. U.S. fire departments responded to 160 home fires started by trees every year between 2013 and 2017. More than a quarter […]

  • ‘Labor of Love’ summit focuses on lowering Indiana’s high infant mortality rate

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Over the last five years, nearly 3,000 babies in Indiana didn’t see their first birthday, making The Hoosier State’s infant mortality rate higher than the national average. On Wednesday, the Indiana State Department of Health hosted a summit aimed at tackling the issue. The seventh annual “Labor of Love” summit, hosted at the J.W. Marriott, focused on the factors that contribute to a higher infant mortality rate. Experts in the field also highlighted the positive outcomes that […]

  • Big Ten Championship weekend kicks off with Fan Fest

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – While the Big Ten gets set for a Saturday showdown on the gridiron, fans can join in the action a day early. On Friday, the 9th annual Big Ten Fan Fest opens at the Indiana Convention Center. The event, hosted by Indiana Sports Corp, offers more than 200,000 square feet of interactive games and activities representing all Big Ten sports. It will also include giveaways, guest appearances and performances from team bands and mascots. The doors will […]

  • Bloomington man overcomes multiple health problems, works to qualify for Paralympics

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — A Hoosier athlete is determined to qualify for the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo, but a little over four and a half years ago he didn’t know if he would ever walk again. Qualifying competitions for the Paralympic games begin in April for Dylan Deem. That means daily training and laser focus for the 28-year-old. Walking into the Indiana Fitness Club in Bloomington, Deem is all business. He wastes no time heading to the stationary bike and […]

  • Local group to host vigil honoring man shot and killed in bar shooting

    INDIANAPOLIS,Ind. – On Wednesday, a south side community will honor the life of a man killed while celebrating his bachelor party. Shortly before 10 p.m. on Friday, police and medics were called to Jake’s Pub on West Southport Road. Officers arrived to find 2 people shot. One of the victims was pronounced dead at the scene. Shanon Singer-Mann says the man killed was her soon-to-be-brother-in-law, Christopher Smith. He was less than 2 weeks away from his wedding. Instead of a wedding, […]

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