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
  • Student-run clinic provides free services for low-income neighborhood

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– On a stool at the entrance of Neighborhood Fellowship Church, elder Jim Strietelmeier welcomes his near east side community with jovial laughter and a “God bless you.” He’s been there nearly every week for the past ten years. It’s not a welcome for Sunday worship, but a service of a different kind. It’s a welcome to a free student-run clinic that began a decade ago. For Strietelmeier, it started with a seed of faith planted long before that. […]

  • Indiana lawmakers emphasize education funding as they prepare to pass final budget

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The legislative session could come to a close on Wednesday night with the passage of a final budget. About 30 minutes after the two-year budget was published, Republican leadership spoke about its key points, most noticeably the education spending. The budget would direct $700 million in new funding to public schools. It would increase current spending 2.5 percent next year and 2.5 percent in 2022. Some Democrats are unhappy with the budget because it did not specifically […]

  • High winds leave path of damage in Decatur County

    LETTS, Ind. – The National Weather Service will send two meteorologists to Decatur County to survey the damage left behind by a weekend storm. The Letts Community Fire Department says a six-mile stretch from the community of Horrace to Harris City saw the most impact. Several agricultural buildings lost their roofs, including one 4000-unit hog building. The damage was worse for other farms. Two barns built in the 19th century were leveled, leaving debris scattered across fields. “I’m just glad […]

  • Online program brings early education to rural Indiana families

    RUSHVILLE, Ind. – Preparing kids for the start of school can often be difficult for rural or low-income families. Many have little access to preschools or limited resources to afford them. Now, a non-profit program is being made available to these families across central Indiana. The Upstart program from Waterford brings online lessons to the home. Each one is modified to meet the child where they are and help them get ready for the next step. In Rushville, one mother says […]

  • Driver leads police on chase through downtown Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A police chase through the heart of Indianapolis ended with a man in custody. According to an officer at the scene, it began in the White Castle parking lot at the corner of Illinois Street and South Street. Police say the driver was sitting in his car in the parking lot. An officer pulled up behind the driver to see what he was doing. The driver then backed into the police cruiser and drove away. He led […]

  • Pothole-ridden alley cause headaches for neighbors on east side of Indianapolis

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Pothole problems are nothing new for the Circle City, but one east side neighborhood says their problem started long ago. Residents that live along Fletcher Avenue and Hoyt Avenue say their alley has been a mess for over 2 decades, and it’s not getting any better. “Frustration. That’s it. Disappointment,” says Ron Miller as he looks at the surface of the road dividing his home from those on Fletcher Avenue. “It’s a mud bog is what we call it.” […]

  • Church hosts prayer service for missing Avon mother

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – As police continue to search for answers in the disappearance of an Avon woman, a local church community is relying on faith. The Bethel Family Worship Center will hold a time of prayer for 30-year-old Najah Ferrell and her family on Wednesday. Avon police say Ferrell was last seen at her apartment near Dan Jones Road on March 15. Her family reported her missing after she didn’t pick up her three foster kids from school. They grew concerned, […]

  • Indianapolis Zoo welcomes spring with new festival

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Looking for a way to shake off cabin fever? The Indianapolis Zoo says they have it. On Thursday, the zoo launched the xZOOberance festival to welcome spring.  The new 12-day event features live music, arts, crafts and animal interaction. “We just thought, what can we do for spring to get people out, get them excited, let the kids go run, and let the parents get their sanity back,” said Judy Palermo, senior manager of public relations. Palermo […]

  • Greenfield courthouse clock tower restored

    GREENFIELD, Ind. – As Hoosiers prepare to turn their clocks forward, one community is turning theirs back on. About a month ago the hands on the Greenfield courthouse clock stopped turning. J.J. Smith, the repairman hired by the county says the malfunction was caused by a set screw, which likely came loose due to a buildup of ice. Smith is the president of Smith’s Bell and Clock Service. After finishing repairs he spoke with FOX59 about the historic clock. For […]

  • Tree smashes through Indy mobile home, leaving couple with one room and little heat

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A woman on the south side of Indianapolis recalls hearing a rumbling sound seconds before a tree limb crushed her family’s mobile home last Saturday. Jossie Eciwaudah and her husband Ronald say strong winds brought down the dead tree behind their home. The impact caved their roof in and ripped off the back exterior wall. “The very next split second from the rumble it was on top of us,” said Jossie. The couple says they were sitting […]

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