Ray Cortopassi has been a television broadcaster for more than 25 years. Ray has been a member of the FOX59 news team in Indianapolis since 2009, anchoring the morning news from 7-10 a.m. alongside Angela Ganote and First at Four with Beairshelle Edmé.

Before moving to Indianapolis, he worked as an anchor and reporter at TV stations in Traverse City, Michigan and Las Vegas, Nevada. More than anything, Ray loves telling a good story and has been honored with Emmy and Associated Press awards during his years in Indianapolis.

Originally from Dolton, Ill., a south suburb of Chicago, Ray loves deep dish pizza, and having grown up the son of a piano teacher, he picked up the drums and loves alternative rock-n-roll. After graduating with a journalism degree from Columbia College Chicago, Ray studied acting and is now the managing director of the Off-Main Street Players, a community theatre he co-founded in Zionsville, Ind. There, he also served as the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce from 2008 until 2011.

Ray and his wife Leslie have four children, who keep them extraordinarily busy; half the time parenting, the other half chauffeuring. Ray is not a good golfer, but he thinks he’s a decent tennis player (ranked most recently as a 4.0 player by the U.S. Tennis Association). He has a hard, but inconsistent serve…and gets rattled easily by recurring double faults. Feel free to use this information if you ever find yourself across the net from him. Rattled!


Recent Articles
  • Vision Quest: Taking a glimpse into the world of a man losing his vision

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Local tennis coach Matt Moore’s eyesight has baffled the doctors who’ve treated him in the last few years. And while it’s cost him much of his vision, what he’s gained is nothing short of miraculous. Legendary tennis champion Martina Navratilova once said, “the mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are at their worst.” “I’ve dealt with some adversities in life but nothing like this,” Matt Moore […]

  • Fishers officer injured in crash takes inspiration from nephew’s incredible recovery

    FISHERS, Ind. — They were each headed to a destination cut short–one on a school bus, the other on a motorcycle. Their story is part of a stunning connection that’s allowing a Fishers police officer to heal from a crash that almost took his life. Binh Dennis, 48, is getting himself to the edge of his bed, unassisted. The payoff for hard work is measured in a much different way than it was before Oct. 6, 2018. That’s the day […]

  • Ray’s Spicy Turkey-Stuffed Poblano Peppers

    Ray’s Spicy Turkey-Stuffed Poblano Peppers Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey 4 large poblano peppers, washed 1 garlic, minced 1 small onion 1 tsp garlic salt 1 tbsp cumin powder 1 tbsp chili powder 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp cayenne powder 1 tbsp virgin olive oil 4 oz soft cream cheese 6 tbsp 4-Mexican cheese Directions: 1. Spread olive oil in a medium nonstick skillet and on medium heat. 2. Sauté onion, garlic; add ground turkey, garlic salt, cumin, pepper, chili […]

  • IN Focus: How 9/11 changed local firefighter’s life

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s been almost fifteen years since terror changed our world. A new generation has since grown up having not knowing what it was like before 9/11. In that time, a Hoosier hero has grappled with the effects of working more than a week of 12-hour shifts at Ground Zero. Those effects have been emotional and physical. The memories of September 11, 2001 come through to Mark Rapp very vividly. On the evening of 9/11, just a scant […]

  • Hoosier firefighter who battled cancer after 9/11 reflects on experience at Ground Zero

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It’s been almost fifteen years since terror changed our world. A new generation has since grown up having not knowing what it was like before 9/11. In that time, a Hoosier hero has grappled with the effects of working more than a week of 12-hour shifts at Ground Zero. Those effects have been emotional and physical. The memories of September 11, 2001 come through to Mark Rapp very vividly. On the evening of 9/11, just a scant […]

  • Be Our Guest with Florida Cracker BBQ

    (June 30, 2016)- Be Our Guest this Thursday morning while we continue BBQ week with Florida Cracker BBQ! Enjoy a half off dining deal of $50.00 for just $25.00! At Florida Cracker BBQ enjoy po-boys, conch fritters, pulled pork, and of course ribs! To purchase your gift certificate click here.

  • Pay It Forward: Linda Speck

    When FOX59/Old National Bank put out the “Pay It Forward Challenge,” Linda Speck got busy in a hurry. Linda and her therapy dog, Indigo, decided to create a celebration for the volunteers at “His Hand Extended” Food Pantry in Greenwood. The food ministry is affiliated with Trinity Broadcasting. Many of the volunteers who staff the kitchen are special needs students at nearby Whiteland High School. “There are a lot of places all over our community where people who don’t have […]

  • Investigation into Cary Owsley case continues as two-year anniversary of death approaches

    (March 19, 2015) – His life came to a sudden and violent end on April 7, 2013. Forty-nine-year-old Cary Owsley was found with a gunshot wound to the chest in his home in Columbus. But was it a suicide as the Bartholomew County coroner immediately ruled–based on statements from the victim`s estranged wife–or was it murder? Bill Smock is an experienced forensic investigator for Louisville Metro Police. He was given the report and began to dig into it. “It was […]

  • 3 of 4: Translator who helped U.S. forces in Afghanistan finally makes it to Indiana

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Aug. 12, 2014)– After a life and death struggle, an interpreter from Afghanistan is safe here in Indiana. FOX59’s Ray Cortopassi has been following this story closely for two years. Up until now, he has only been able to see and talk to 28-year-old Hayat Nooristani via Skype. This is Nooristani’s first time in Indiana, and his first trip to the U.S. Even so, he knows many Americans well. Nooristani was a translator who helped American forces overseas.  Along […]

  • ‘Bill Belichick’ gives exclusive interview to FOX59

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 16, 2015)– New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick hasn’t spoken with the Indianapolis media much about Sunday’s AFC Championship playoff game, but FOX59’s Aishah Hasnie scored an exclusive interview. Or did she? We think “Bill” might be a little out of sorts this week. Watch the video above to see why.

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