George Colli Joins WTNH Channel 8 As an Investigative Reporter
George Colli, a former member of WVIT’s Troubleshooters team, has been hired by WTNH Channel 8 as their lead investigative reporter, according to The Laurel’s story. George will begin work on October 30th.
George has spent two years in Washington DC reporting on Congress, the White House and national issues. He’s also covered numerous Connecticut stories such as Pulse Nightclub shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Boston Marathon bombing and manhunt, Cheshire murder death penalty trials, Hartford Distributors workplace shooting and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
Early Life and Education
George Colli is an award-winning journalist known for asking the right questions and crafting captivating stories. His portfolio of breaking news coverage includes Pulse Nightclub shooting in Florida, Alexandria Republican congressional baseball shootout, Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, Boston Marathon bombing & manhunt, Hurricane Irene – among many other national and local stories.
George has returned home after spending time in Washington DC and will serve as the lead investigative reporter for WTNH Channel 8. This appointment follows General Manager Rich Graziano’s initiative to attract top talent to Connecticut. In addition to these high-profile hires, the station also launched a multi-media platform designed to revolutionize how people consume local, state and national news.
George Colli has been a journalist for nearly 25 years, covering broadcast, print and online media outlets. He began as a student journalist at Providence College before being hired as an NBC Olympics researcher during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.
He spent several years as a reporter for WVIT-TV and NBC Connecticut, covering some of America’s most significant stories such as Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, Boston Marathon bombings and Pulse Nightclub massacres.
He went on to become a credentialed Washington correspondent for Cox Media Group DC Bureau, reporting daily on Capitol Hill for ten television stations nationwide as well as numerous radio stations and newspapers. This experience gave him insight into government at all levels, prompting him to recognize that his role as a journalist is to hold those in power accountable.
Achievements and Honors
George Colli has earned many awards for his investigative reporting. As a result, several laws were passed in Connecticut prohibiting real estate agents from accepting commissions when listing and selling homes, an anti-discrimination bill which prohibits discrimination against transgender people, and another that requires the state Department of Housing to conduct comprehensive reviews on property owners to guarantee they abide by safety codes.
He is a Suffield native who recently returned home after working for nearly two years in Washington DC covering Congress and the White House. His coverage has included stories such as Pulse Nightclub shootings, Sandy Hook Elementary School Shootings, and Boston Marathon bombings and manhunts.
George Colli is an award-winning journalist with more than five decades of experience covering some of the biggest stories worldwide for broadcast television, radio and print media. With his vision, George hopes to revolutionize how you consume news by moving away from an advertiser-centric model and refocusing on viewers and truth.
George, a Suffield native, has spent the last two years reporting in Washington DC for Cox Media Group as a credentialed White House and Congressional correspondent. His experience there taught him the importance of holding governments accountable – regardless of which party is in power. This inspired him to launch G. Colli – a company dedicated to providing timely, factual information free from lobbyist influence or special interest influence.
George Collins boasts a net worth of $80 million, earned through his successful career as both an entrepreneur and philanthropist.
He has held executive roles at numerous renowned companies, such as T. Rowe Price where he served as chairman and CEO for 13 years. Furthermore, he serves on the board of trustees at American University with his wife Maureen; together they have dedicated many years to improving this institution.
Collie has dedicated much of his career to raising awareness and funding for Type 1 diabetes research. Through Legend Car races and concerts that raised millions of dollars for such causes, he established both the Mark Collie Chair in Diabetes Research at Vanderbilt University and The Mark Collie Foundation.