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Ray Cortopassi: Anchoring Indianapolis News Since 1999

A familiar face in the Indianapolis media community is that of Ray Cortopassi, a Zionsville, Indiana resident who has been a regular feature in Indianapolis news for the past ten years. Originally a resident of Chicago, Cortopassi is probably best known as the current anchor for Fox 59 Morning News on Channel 59 WXIN, but he’s more than just a broadcaster. Over the course of his 20 plus year career, Ray Cortopassi has been a freelance reporter, an editor, the director of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, and, interestingly enough, a sometimes producer and actor for the Off Main Street Players, an Indianapolis theatre company based out of Zionsville. For a friendly face and fact filled reporting, famous Zionsville resident Ray Cortopassi is your man.

Video highlights from Zionsville, Indiana resident Ray Cortopassi’s long news career, documented in this reporting reel.

 

Ray Cortopassi attended Chicago’s Columbia College in 1988, and he graduated two years later, in 1990. That same year, Cortopassi got his start in journalism as a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown out of Chicago, now the Southtown Star. From there, he got a position with the City News Bureau of Chicago as a print reporter monitoring police beats. Cortopassi didn’t stay with print media for very long, though; in 1994, he moved to northern Michigan and took a job as a news anchor for WPBN TV, a post he held for two years before moving on to another anchor position at KTNV in Las Vegas.

Ray Cortopassi would only work in Las Vegas for three years before moving back to the Midwest in 1999. Instead of returning to his home city of Chicago, Cortopassi decided to settled down in the Hoosier state, more specifically in the Circle City. There he started his nine year career with Channel 6 WRTV. While with WRTV, Cortopassi was nominated for a 2005 Emmy for his role in the “Nightcast” news broadcast. Starting as a WRTV anchor in 1999, Cortopassi would work the position until 2007, when he became a reporter. The demotion was due to financial burdens on the struggling WRTV, not any shortcoming by Cortopassi, and eventually the anchor wound up with WTHR Channel 13, functioning first as a freelance reporter and eventually making his way up to another anchor position.

Promotional video for the WXIN Fox 59 Morning News show in Indianapolis, anchored by Zionsville, Indiana resident Ray Cortopassi

 

Cortopassi only ever worked with WTHR Channel 13 in a freelance capacity, and it wasn’t long before Indianapolis media would elevate him to another full time position. In September of 2009, it was announced that Ray Cortopassi would join the staff at Channel 59 WXIN as the new host of Fox 59 Morning News. As a contributor, Cortopassi also takes part in the channel’s First at Four and News at 10 broadcasts. If you watch Fox 59, Cortopassi is probably the first voice you hear in the morning, bringing you all the news and Indianapolis events happening around Indy for the day.

Video of Zionsville, Indiana resident Roy Cortopassi interviewing actress Helena Bonham Carter during a WXIN Fox 59 Morning News broadcast in Indianapolis

 

Though Ray Cortopassi has been in the news business for over twenty years, it doesn’t look like his career is showing any signs of slowing. Though his removal from WRTV was a blow to the news anchor, he didn’t let a temporary set back stop him; instead, he got right back in the Indianapolis media saddle, landing a freelance job with WTHR and eventually another full time position at WXIN. Along the way, he was nominated for an Emmy and has won Associated Press Reporting Awards. Currently, Ray Cortopassi lives with his wife and four children in Zionsville, Indiana, where he is a vital member of the Zionsville business and Zionsville arts communities. An award winning journalist and an anchor with a winning smile, Ray Cortopassi will likely be delivering Indianapolis news for a long time.


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