News 8 Lead Investigative Reporter George Colli returns to his home state after working for nearly two years in Washington, DC covering Congress and the White House.
An award winning Investigative Reporter, George comes to News 8 with experience reporting in Connecticut.
The Suffield native has covered many national stories, including the Russian Investigations in Congress, 2016 Presidential Election, Trump Inauguration and his administration’s first year, Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Alexandria, VA Republican Congressional baseball shooting Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, The Boston Marathon bombing and manhunt, the Cheshire murder death penalty trials, Hartford Distributors shooting and Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.
George’s investigations have led to several new laws being passed in Connecticut. He won the prestigious Alfred I. DuPont Award and Edward R. Murrow Award for his coverage in breaking the crumbling foundations crisis in northeastern Connecticut. His time working at WTIC-TV and WTNH-TV earned him more than a dozen New England Emmy nominations, including for Best Investigative and Best General Assignment reporting categories.
George is a graduate of Providence College, where he was a member of the baseball team. He got his start in journalism writing for the school’s newspaper and worked as a researcher for NBC Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games. Prior to beginning his journalism career, George worked in a family real estate and restaurant business. He ran for the Connecticut State Senate in 2008. George graduated high school from Suffield Academy.
George enjoys golfing fishing, trying to new restaurants, rooting for New England sports teams and spending time with his family and friends.
8 Things you didn’t know about George ColliMost memorable stories from working in TV news?
Covering local news in Connecticut over the last ten years has put me in the middle of some very difficult stories. My photographer and I were one of, if not the first news crew on the scene in Watertown, MA during the week of Boston Marathon bombings. We got caught up in the chase from MIT to Watertown, tweeting pictures and videos in real time of the massive law enforcement response. We ended up going on air shortly after 1am and stayed working until the second suspect was apprehended in the boat later that night. The crumbling foundation story remains a passion of mine. I take my role in educating the public and bringing to light the issue that impacts tens of thousands of Connecticut homeowners as one of my most important responsibilities. Also, covering the final year of the Obama Administration, the 2016 Election, the transition, Trump Inauguration and the first year of his administration is something I’ll never forget.
What inspired you to work in news?
Getting people important, accurate and timely information so they can make decisions that impact the safety and well-being of them and their loved ones is what drives me every day. I take my role as a viewer advocate seriously and strive to hold the decision makers in government and our communities accountable.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
I can’t name just one. I’ve never had a bad meal in New Haven. If I was to choose a favorite restaurant, it would have to be the one my family owns, Chicago Sams in Cromwell and Enfield.
Who is your favorite musician/band and/or best concerts you ever been to?
I like all kinds of music. I’ve been to some great concerts. The Dave Matthews Band in 2001 at Meadowlands may be the most memorable. As the band came on for the encore, a massive thunderstorm was rolling towards the venue. The played an extended instrumental solo and timed the song to right when the storm hit. The most torrential rain I’ve ever been stuck in poured down as 80,000 people went completely nuts. Also, seeing U2 at Fed Ex Stadium outside Washington DC on World Refugee Day in 2017 was a pretty remarkable concert.
What’s the best dish you can make?
I’m a grill man. Give me something to grill, and I’ll make it pop.
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
My favorite place on Earth is the Connecticut shoreline. I spent a lot of time as a child on the beach in Old Lyme. I’m loving the opportunity to now live on the beach and enjoy everything that shoreline living entails.
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I once made the final table of a World Poker Tour event in Los Angeles, CA. I also owned a race horse in my 20’s and love mornings at the track watching them train.
What are your hidden talents?
Shooting lasers out of my wrists.