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Ray Cortopassi has been a television broadcaster for more than 20 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 Aishah Hasnie.

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. You can also hear him weekday mornings on WTTS, 92.3FM.

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
  • 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.

  • 4 of 4: Afghan interpreter talks about the new chapter of his life in Indiana

    After a life and death struggle, an interpreter from Afghanistan is safe here in Indiana. Hayat Nooristani was a translator who worked for American forces. He applied for a visa eight years ago, and finally got one. He talks about what it took to get to Indiana, and what he plans to do next.

  • Indiana man fights to bring hero home

    ZIONSVILLE, Ind.—A local man has embarked on another tour to Afghanistan. He isn’t a soldier, but he’s been fighting a war of diplomacy on behalf of a friend whose life is in jeopardy from the Taliban. Dennis Norris works for a civil engineering group, and in April, he left his home in Indiana for a four-month trip to the volatile region. When he returns, he hopes to have Hayat Nooristani by his side. Nooristani is not American, but in the […]