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
  • Semi driver accused of causing I-465 crash that killed mother, twin girls shows remorse before his first court hearing

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Formal charges were filed Thursday against a truck driver accused of causing a fatal crash on I-465. Bruce Pollard, 57, is facing three counts of reckless homicide and one count of reckless operation of a vehicle in a work zone. After the charges were filed, Pollard made his first court appearance. On his way to court, after being prompted to apologize to the victim’s family by a fellow jail inmate, Pollard did express some remorse for causing […]

  • Couple targeted in online scam works to raise red flag

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An Indianapolis couple believes they were nearly the victims of a scam artist. It started with a simple post on Craigslist and ended with a call to the police department. Earlier this year, Carole Sobotka and her husband attempted to sell a couch. After striking out on Facebook, they turned to Craigslist. The sale price was $50. At first, they didn’t receive any interest, but then one potential buyer made them an unusual offer. “He said he […]

  • IMPD officer Perry Renn honored 5 years after he was killed in the line of duty

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The Central Indiana Police Foundation (CIPF) and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 86 are honoring the life and service of a fallen IMPD officer. The organizations will station teams at the IMPD North District headquarters at the start of each shift. The teams will talk about Officer Perry Renn and pass out a commemorative coin in his memory. Then, more than 15 cars with current and retired officers will drive across central Indiana passing out the gift to […]

  • Cathedral High School alumni plan protest after teacher fired for same-sex marriage

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Days after administrators at Cathedral High School announced the firing of a teacher, school alumni say they plan to fight back. The school said they fired the teacher because of his same-sex marriage. A letter from the board chairman and president says the school followed a directive from Indianapolis Archbishop Charles Thompson.  The decision received backlash from students and alumni at Cathedral. The alumni association board sent a letter this week saying the Archdiocese should not mandate […]

  • Museum announces endowment fund to preserve ‘Milan Miracle’

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – It is considered one of the greatest moments in Indiana sports history: the Milan Miracle. Sixty-five years ago, the unlikely underdog story unfolded in front of 15,000 fans. In the 1954 state basketball championship, the Milan Indians upset Indiana powerhouse Muncie Central on a last-second shot. The school had an enrollment of only 161 students, and their team’s victory became an inspiration to small town teams everywhere. The game wasn’t just special for the players, but also […]

  • Vietnam veteran to be honored at Spark! Fishers

    FISHERS,Ind. — During the last weekend in June, the town of Fishers kicks off their biggest party. Spark! Fishers celebrates the community and honors their freedom ahead of Independence Day. Part of the celebration includes a tribute inside city hall to veterans. During the event, military memorabilia will be on display as recorded accounts from local veterans play. One of those veterans is George Stavropoulos, a Navy hospital corpsman who served in Vietnam with the 1st Battalion 9th Marines–also known as […]

  • Hoosier learns to walk again after suffering serious brain injury

    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — A brain injury once threatened to rob an Indiana man of his ability to walk and talk, but more than two years later, he focuses on what it gave him–a biblical perspective. Once a week, you’ll find 25-year-old Ben Littrell hard at work in the IU Health Neuroscience Center. It’s one of several ways he works on rehabilitation. The movements are simple, but whether it is a calf raise, squat or hop, Ben takes none of them […]

  • Carmel program provides summer meals for families in need

    CARMEL, Ind. — It’s a fear that many families face as the school year draws to an end—how to provide three healthy meals every day. According to the Carmel Youth Assistance Program, 1500 students in the Carmel Clay School District rely on free or reduced school breakfast and lunch. Once the school year ends,  the burden is placed on their parents to provide those meals over the 11-week break. “After our first year of offering the program one of the […]

  • 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 […]

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