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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
  • Turn from the burn: More people try spray tans as skin cancer cases rise

    FISHERS, Ind. — With a week full of winter weather, those sunny summer days seem like a distant memory—leaving many to only dream of golden sun and tan skin. Despite what the calendar says, many people across central Indiana will find other ways to keep their glow. A little snow never stopped Danielle Hudnut. “I just feel better. I’m more confident when I’m tan,” Hudnut says, admitting it once bordered on addiction. “I loved the sun. I loved baby oil. I […]

  • Dennis Intermediate students return to class after shooting

    RICHMOND, Ind. – On Monday students at Dennis Intermediate School returned to class more than  three weeks after a shooting inside the school. In December, a teenage boy broke into the school and after being confronted by police, took his own life. Emotional support dogs were brought in and counselors were made available to students. A spokesperson for the district says classes ran on an adjusted schedule, giving faculty and staff time to gauge how the students were handling the transition. Before […]

  • Family of 13-year-old shooting victim calls for action as Indy breaks murder record

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A deadly shooting over the weekend brought Indy’s yearly homicide number to 158. While IMPD says official crime statistics will be vetted and released at the beginning of 2019, the city previously said overall crime was down. Those statistics don’t take into account the number of homicides, which has grown for four years straight. FOX59 spoke with a family member of one of those victims whose case is still unsolved 5 months later. Though he says crime […]

  • Video of Guerin Catholic cheerleaders mocking classmate prompts calls for expulsion

    NOBLESVILLE, Ind. – Administrators at Guerin Catholic High School are considering disciplinary action after a video showing five students mocking a classmate surfaced on social media. The video shows the female students dressed in cheerleader uniforms as they sit in a car and perform a rap set to music. The lyrics contain vulgar language and profanity directed at another student.  In the lyrics, the words appear to be targeting a teammate. In the video, one of the students says it’s […]

  • Thanksgiving off to violent start with overnight shootings, police chase

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Nearly an hour after the start of the Thanksgiving holiday, police responded to three crimes within 15 minutes. IMPD received a call eight minutes before 1 a.m. about a shooting on the near northwest side in the 1800 block of Dexter Street. When they arrived, they found a man in his 30s suffering from a gunshot wound to the arm. Police said he was in stable condition. They have not identified any suspects. A couple of minutes […]

  • Woman whose 8-year-old son allegedly made ‘hit list’ speaks out, says she’s not sure he understood implications

    TAYLORSVILLE, Ind. — Nearly a week after a Taylorsville Elementary School student was suspended for making a supposed hit list of classmates, his mother says there’s more to the story. The Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department says the 8-year-old student shared the list with another student on the bus. Officials say the 8-year-old also made a comment about a gun to another student, and that student told her parents. The parents notified law enforcement. The child’s mother said her son knows […]

  • Volunteer catches ‘Habitat bug’ during FOX59 build, becomes inspired to keep volunteering

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Each year, families across central Indiana receive the keys to a new home — homes built by the hands of volunteers at Habitat for Humanity. In July, construction on  one of those homes began in the parking lot at FOX59. It was there that volunteers first met Greg Burton, a carpenter that is hard to miss. The build that day inspired Burton to continue volunteering. FOX59 caught up with him more than three months and three homes later. As […]

  • Carmel students remember beloved teacher through acts of kindness

    CARMEL, Ind. – Kindness can be found in many places. Sometimes it’s found in the words of children written on stone. At Smoky Row Elementary School, students have a lot to say. Ahead of World Kindness Day, all 700 students took on a project of their own, a project they hope will not only encourage strangers, but also honor the legacy of a person who made a positive impact on their school. Over the last couple of weeks, parents and […]

  • Gun Buy-Back Program

    Police, community leaders kick off weekend aimed at ending violence

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Concerned Clergy of Indianapolis has designated Nov. 2 through Nov. 4 as “Indy Cease Fire Weekend” with a job fair, a gun buyback program and messages of nonviolence from the pulpit. This comes as Indianapolis enters the final two months of 2018, with the city on track to set another record for murders. A job fair is set for Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Junior Center in South Butler Tarkington. There, […]

  • Butler surprises first accepted applicant of the year

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Before the first break of day, Butler University’s “Blue Mobile” is on the move. The van transports the school’s 65 pound mascot known as Blue III. He is also known as a bulldog named Trip. Each year, the university makes a special trip to welcome a handful of prospective students across the nation. On October 22nd, Trip and his team delivered the first acceptance letter for the class of 2023 to North Central High School senior Tatum […]