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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
  • 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, […]

  • IN Focus: Holcomb denies Amazon interference allegations

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is fighting back against accusations that he interfered in the death investigation of an Amazon employee. An investigative report from Reveal News claims he helped shift blame away from Amazon in order to help lure the company’s new headquarters, HQ2, to Indianapolis. The report says an inspector with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) found Amazon responsible for the 2017 death of Phillip Terry. Terry was crushed by a forklift at the Amazon Fulfillment Center […]

  • Gov. Holcomb responds to report claiming Indiana interfered with Amazon worker’s death investigation

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is fighting back against accusations that he interfered in the death investigation of an Amazon employee. An investigative report from Reveal News claims he helped shift blame away from Amazon in order to help lure the company’s new headquarters, HQ2, to Indianapolis. The report says an inspector with the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) found Amazon responsible for the 2017 death of Phillip Terry. Terry was crushed by a forklift at the […]

  • Are apps hindering your sleep? A local health science professor weighs in

    MUNCIE, Ind. — A recent study out of Ball State University found nearly one third of Americans are sleep deprived. That number is up eight percent from just 10 years ago, according to health science professor Jagdish Khubchandani. Over the last six months Khubchandani studied nearly a decade’s worth of sleep data. The people affected the most are those that work in the medical field and first responders. He believes the results could indicate increased levels of stress. “They are […]

  • Lawrence Township to install active shooter response technology in schools

    LAWRENCE, Ind. – A central Indiana school district will be the first in the country to implement new technology meant to strengthen their active shooter defenses. On Wednesday, the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township is expected to announce the adoption of Active Shooter Response Technology, or ASRT. The technology was created by a company called Utility, Inc. They say it will bring gunshot detection and greater location reporting to the school system. ASRT works through devices installed in classrooms […]

  • 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 […]

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