George Colli

George Colli is a Washington, DC correspondent for Cox Media Group. His passions lie in politics, and he works to bring impactful enterprise and investigative local stories to WHIO. George spent the previous six years reporting in his home state of Connecticut for NBC Connecticut, WVIT- TV and Fox CT, WTIC-TV. He’s been nominated for several New England Emmy nominations for breaking news, political and investigative reporting. George covered major breaking news stories including the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the Boston Marathon bombings and manhunt, Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, the Aaron Hernandez murders and major winter storms. He also reported from the courtroom for the Cheshire murder, Boston bomber and Aaron Hernandez trials. George was a part of the Peabody Award-winning team for coverage of the Sandy Hook school shooting, and frequently uses social media to break news. His reporting into crumbling concrete foundations in Connecticut led the Governor to call for a state investigation. George’s stories also led to new legislation and criminal indictments. Prior to his journalism career, George worked in a family real estate and restaurant business. He also ran for the Connecticut State Senate in 2008. A Providence College alum, George first worked as a researcher for NBC Olympics at the 2000 Sydney Games. While at Providence, he majored in political science and was a member of the baseball team. He graduated high school from Suffield Academy. George always wants to hear from you.

Latest from George Colli

Free pot giveaway leads to arrests near U.S. Capitol
 The battle over federal and local marijuana laws played out Thursday on the streets of Washington, D.C.  U.S. Capitol police arrested four pot-legalization advocates on federal charges of possessing and distributing marijuana. The group was handing out free joints to interested congressional staffers, federal employees and curious tourists...

12:18 AM Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

The battle over federal and local marijuana laws played out Thursday on the streets of Washington, D.C.  U.S. Capitol police arrested four pot-legalization advocates on federal charges of possessing and distributing marijuana. The group was handing out free joints to interested congressional staffers, federal employees and curious tourists...
Zika virus threat not over yet
 The Zika Virus isn’t going away anytime soon.  That’s the warning from a leading researcher of the virus. Adre du Plessis, director of the Children’s National Health System’s Fetal Medicine Institute in Washington says people should continue to take precautions if traveling to affected areas even though the virus...

9:52 PM Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016

The Zika Virus isn’t going away anytime soon.  That’s the warning from a leading researcher of the virus. Adre du Plessis, director of the Children’s National Health System’s Fetal Medicine Institute in Washington says people should continue to take precautions if traveling to affected areas even though the virus...
AAA predicts busiest Thanksgiving travel season since 2007
 If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, plan ahead. AAA estimates 49 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this holiday. That’s one million more people than traveled last year. AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said an improving economy and low gas prices are main factors for the surge in travelers....

3:13 PM Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016

If you’re traveling this Thanksgiving week, plan ahead. AAA estimates 49 million Americans will be traveling more than 50 miles from home this holiday. That’s one million more people than traveled last year. AAA spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said an improving economy and low gas prices are main factors for the surge in travelers....
Surge of aging drivers poses new challenge on the road
 Encouraging older loved ones to give up their car keys can be one of the most difficult discussions for families. With aging baby boomers, data show that those conversations will be happening more frequently in the coming years. By the year 2030, more than 50 million eligible drivers will be over 65. The nation's aging driving population...

5:02 PM Friday, Nov. 04, 2016

Encouraging older loved ones to give up their car keys can be one of the most difficult discussions for families. With aging baby boomers, data show that those conversations will be happening more frequently in the coming years. By the year 2030, more than 50 million eligible drivers will be over 65. The nation's aging driving population...
Government spends $700K on missing letter ‘A’
 It’s one of the most famous quotes in human history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The words that Neil Armstrong spoke while taking his first steps on the moon are ingrained in the minds of generations of Americans, but is the quote accurate?  The astronaut contends that ...

5:37 AM Saturday, Oct. 08, 2016

It’s one of the most famous quotes in human history: “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” The words that Neil Armstrong spoke while taking his first steps on the moon are ingrained in the minds of generations of Americans, but is the quote accurate? The astronaut contends that ...
Companies don't have to tell you when they're hacked, but that might change
 Lawmakers are considering several pieces of legislation that would require notifying customers when their personal information is compromised in a data breach. The push for setting a national standard for notification comes weeks after Yahoo announced more than 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014. The company did not notify customers...

12:43 AM Tuesday, Oct. 04, 2016

Lawmakers are considering several pieces of legislation that would require notifying customers when their personal information is compromised in a data breach. The push for setting a national standard for notification comes weeks after Yahoo announced more than 500 million accounts were hacked in 2014. The company did not notify customers...
Pulse survivor on Capitol Hill: I think my voice is going to be heard
 A Pulse nightclub shooting survivor is the latest in a long line of people impacted by gun violence to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill to change the nation’s gun laws.  Angel Colon was shot six times when a gunman opened fire in the crowded Orlando gay club, killing 49 and injuring dozens more. He took his first steps only last month...

9:24 PM Wednesday, Sep. 28, 2016

A Pulse nightclub shooting survivor is the latest in a long line of people impacted by gun violence to lobby lawmakers on Capitol Hill to change the nation’s gun laws. Angel Colon was shot six times when a gunman opened fire in the crowded Orlando gay club, killing 49 and injuring dozens more. He took his first steps only last month...
Petition: Keep ads out of national parks
A petition carrying the signatures of more than 200,000 people opposed to loosening restrictions on corporate sponsorships at national parks was delivered to the National Park Service during a meeting on Friday.

8:57 PM Friday, Aug. 12, 2016

A petition carrying the signatures of more than 200,000 people opposed to loosening restrictions on corporate sponsorships at national parks was delivered to the National Park Service during a meeting on Friday.
Women remain underrepresented in politics despite Hillary's nomination

12:48 AM Thursday, Jul. 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton made history Tuesday night when she became the first woman nominated by a major political party to be president of the United States. While she may have put "the biggest crack" in the glass ceiling in U.S. politics, women remain significantly under-represented in local, state and federal offices. A Rutgers University...
Former ISIS sex slave pleads with lawmakers
 WASHINGTON—A former ISIS sex slave, speaking during a Senate hearing Monday, pleaded for the United States to fight and eliminate the Islamic State before the terror group wipes out minorities in Iraq and Syria. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi from Northern Iraq, detailed her experiences to help lawmakers understand the ideology of ISIS and how...

9:09 PM Tuesday, Jun. 21, 2016

WASHINGTON—A former ISIS sex slave, speaking during a Senate hearing Monday, pleaded for the United States to fight and eliminate the Islamic State before the terror group wipes out minorities in Iraq and Syria. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi from Northern Iraq, detailed her experiences to help lawmakers understand the ideology of ISIS and how...
FDA looks to protect nation's food supply from terrorists
 The government spends billions of dollars protecting Americans from terrorism at airports and sporting events. Now the Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to keep our food safe from widespread contamination, including contamination resulting from terrorism. It's been a long time coming. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act...

1:46 AM Wednesday, Jun. 01, 2016

The government spends billions of dollars protecting Americans from terrorism at airports and sporting events. Now the Food and Drug Administration is taking new action to keep our food safe from widespread contamination, including contamination resulting from terrorism. It's been a long time coming. The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act...