Colleen Marshall is co-anchor of NBC4 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m. with Cabot Rea. She is also the host of The Spectrum, which airs Sundays at 10 a.m.
Colleen has come a long way since her first job, selling tickets at a drive-in movie theater.
"I was eventually promoted to snack bar," she said.
Marshall came to NBC4 as a general assignment reporter in 1984 and was promoted to anchor of NBC4's weekend news in 1987. In 1992, Colleen was promoted to anchor of NBC4's weekday news programs. Colleen worked as a news anchor and general assignment reporter at stations in Wheeling, WV. She was also the news director/anchor/reporter at a radio station in Weirton, WV, and writer/producer/editor at a Pittsburgh radio station.
Marshall received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.
She has received many honors, most recently the Media General reporting award in 2009 for a story focusing on Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Stratton, who discovered decades after a random act of kindness impacted the life of her missionary parents that it might not have been so random after all.
She also won the Media General reporting award in 2007, for a report on Ohio's Death Row entitled "Dead Man Waiting." In the report, which examined the lengthy and costly appellate process, Colleen interviewed an inmate who she had interviewed a decade earlier. He is still awaiting execution. She was nominated for an Emmy for that same report.
Colleen won a regional Emmy for "Fight For Ohio," which previewed the 2004 presidential election. She previously won an Emmy for her special report on Ellis Island. She was nominated for an Emmy award for reports on the "New Appalachia Trail", which examined the lengthy commute for southern Ohio workers who drive hours every day for employment in Columbus while still raising their families in poorer, rural counties. She was also nominated for an Emmy for a report entitled "Cody's Miracle" in 2000.
In 2001, Colleen and NBC4's Mike Jackson were honored by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists' for Best Coverage of Minority Issues for "The State of Race."
While co-anchoring NBC4 at 11 p.m., the show was nominated for a regional Emmy for best newscast for 2006, 2005 and 2004.
Colleen also won the 1999 Stonewall Media Award for her series on transgendered people and her work with AIDS causes.
She also won two awards in 1998 from The Associated Press for co-anchoring the newscast voted Best Newscast and anchoring Best Spot News Coverage for the Alva Campbell Escape, 1996 and 1997 Emmy nominations for anchoring and reporting, a 1988 Capital Area Humane Society Consumer Reporting award and one from St. Vincent DePaul Humanitarian for her reports on hunger.
In May 2004, Colleen graduated from the Capital University School of Law in Columbus, where she was the recipient of a Trustee's Scholarship, was named to the dean's list and was a member Law Review and the National Moot Court Team. She took and passed the bar exam in August 2004.
Colleen served as 2001 commencement speaker at her alma mater, Point Park College, in Pittsburgh, where she received an honorary doctorate. Colleen also served as commencement speaker at Rio Grande University in 2000.
Her most memorable story was being in New York City for a week, covering the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Colleen has contributed time serving as a co-host of the Easter Seal Celebration, co-emcee of the Just Say No March and Rally, D.A.R.E. Graduation speaker, YWCA Capital Campaign board member, Crittenton Family Services board member, Columbus AIDS Task Force board member and volunteer in children's classrooms. She has worked with the Make A Wish organization, the Catholic Women's Council, Columbus Chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women and most recently served as emcee of the Ramadan dinner at the Ohio Statehouse that focused on religious tolerance and understanding.
Colleen and her husband, Gary, have two children. Their son is a senior political science major at The Ohio State University. He works as an Ohio Senate Page and also plays guitar in a local band. Their daughter is a junior business major at Ohio University, where she is a member of the women's track and field team.
Colleen and Gary also have a love for their pets. They have a dog, Mary Kate, and also adopted Helen, a dog who was a Hurricane Katrina survivor. Helen was the subject of a story by NBC4's Marshall McPeek on the two-year anniversary of the disaster. Helen was rescued by a local animal rescue group. She was missing one eye, had glaucoma and cataracts in the other eye and suffered from hip problems. But, Colleen says she was just perfect.
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