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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
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    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 […]

  • Local school district takes lead in active shooter protection

    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 […]

  • Indianapolis native is strongest woman in the world

    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 […]

  • Indianapolis Public Schools hosts first-ever State of the District address

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Aleesia Johnson addressed what’s next for the district Wednesday. The first State of the District address comes in Johnson’s first year as superintendent. The district says the meeting will be 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 on as we do our […]

  • TSA’s most adorable agent retires after prestigious career

    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 […]

  • John Ball pleads to charges related to the shooting death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett

    LEBANON, Ind. — One of the three men charged in the shooting death of Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett pleaded guilty Friday. Prosecutors say 23-year-old John Ball agreed to a plea deal that included seven different charges. Prosecutors filed one of those charges on the day of the hearing; it was related to the gun used in Pickett’s shooting death. Prosecutors argued that John Ball gave Anthony Baumgardt the weapon prior to the shooting with knowledge that Baumgardt was not […]

  • Firefighters bring intensive, out-of-state training program to Indiana to save lives

    Indianapolis Professional Firefighters show dangers of the job through “Fire Ops 101”

    LAWRENCE, Ind. – Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a firefighter, even for a day? Today, a handful of civilians and elected officials will have the chance thanks to “Fire Ops 101.” Indianapolis Professional Firefighters Local 416 have held this event every year since 2015. They hope participants will gain perspective about the dangers of the job, and firefighters’ needs. Participants will be given the opportunity to put on a protective suits and run through […]

  • Hoosiers prepare to head south as Dorian approaches Florida

    EDINBURGH, Ind. –  As Hurricane Dorian makes its way to the east coast, Duke Energy employees in Indiana prepare to respond. On Friday, the company deployed teams from eight different locations across the state. Among those teams are linemen, engineers, administrators and employees in charge of clearing vegetation. In total, 700 people from across the Midwest are prepared to help, but they don’t yet know where. The teams will rally at the staging point in Macon, Georgia. They will stay […]

  • A local club fights for more courts as the Pickleball craze comes to Columbus

    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 new field house

    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 […]

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