Connie Colla is back in the Valley, her "heart home" as she affectionately calls Arizona.
The Emmy-Award-winning television anchor and journalist joined ABC15 News in September 2011. She can be found weekdays from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on the anchor desk for ABC15 Mornings. She also anchors the Valley’s only 11 a.m. newscast, ABC15 News at 11.
“I am so happy to return to Arizona. I love hiking, biking, tennis, and Arizona sunsets so I'm just so grateful to be back,” Colla says.
Connie's first journey to Arizona began in the 1990s when she co-anchored the Valley’s number one morning television show with Ron Hoon, and hosted a popular morning radio show. While here, NBC offered her a job to help create a brand new morning show in Philadelphia at WCAU-NBC10.
"I didn’t want to leave, but it was a huge opportunity and I love the building process... so I had to go,” Colla says.
The growth of that show captured the attention of Comcast, and soon Connie was anchoring evenings for CN8, The Comcast Network, and broadcasting in 16 states along the East Coast. In 2007, she was promoted to Managing Editor and host of Your Morning.
“That show had a very Good Morning America feel. We covered the big breaking news of the day, interviewed celebrities on tour and cooked with the crowd outside our window. It was great fun,” Colla says.
Connie loves to cook and frequently hosted the gourmet cooking show “The Fretz Kitchen”. She has also created several franchise segments including “Connie in the Kitchen,” “In the Garden,” and “If the Shoe Fits”.
On the corporate side, Connie is also a private corporate executive coach and has taught classes at Comcast University for the elite Executive Leadership Forum as well as hosted several company-wide quarterly business programs.
In her free time she loves to remodel homes. To date she has renovated six homes: Four outside Philadelphia, one at the Jersey Shore and a home here in Arizona.
Connie is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and is dedicated to helping families in need. She’s honored to have worked with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Saint Mary’s Food Bank.
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