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Volunteer of the Week

Published: Wednesday, July 15, 2009

By Joel Fram

Space in this column permits only a summary of the diverse group of organizations for which Connie Colla volunteers. For each she applies her vivacious enthusiasm and the people skills that have made her successful as a professional television host and talent coach.Colla was raised in Great Falls, Montana and came to the Philadelphia area 13 years ago to work in television. Since 2001 she has worked for Comcast, hosting a morning show, news shows and a cooking show. Now she’s working as a corporate coach, helping executives polish their leadership and presentation skills. She’s also working on creating her own production company with which she hopes to create programming that is purposeful and helps empower people to “pay it forward.”Colla has served for eight years on the board of Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, the largest nonprofit serving blind or visually impaired people in the Delaware Valley. The organization provides a wide range of services, including printing and providing books and periodicals in Braille, training people to navigate technology and helping people learn to perform such everyday skills as cooking, cleaning, dressing and applying makeup.Colla was introduced to ASB when she was asked to host the organization’s Louis Braille Award ceremony. She still serves as the MC of the Louis Braille Awards ceremony, from which she received an award this year, and of its Vision Cup Golf Tournament, in which she played.“Connie Colla is one of ASB’s greatest supporters and friends,” says Pat Johnson, the organization’s chief executive officer and president. “She graciously lends a hand when we ask and I really admire her opinion, work ethic and dedication to volunteering… Connie is a gem!”Colla also hosts funding raising fashion shows for Home of the Sparrow, a group in Exton dedicated to providing housing and supportive services to homeless and low-income women seeking to improve their lives and sustain long-term independence. Over 75 percent of the women who come to HOS are escaping domestic violence and 98 percent are unemployed; over 60 percent of the children served are under age five.HOS is run by “a great group of women,” says Colla. “They have great hearts.”Hosting a fashion show also figures into Colla’s work for the Saturday Club of Wayne, a 125-year-old group of about 150 women dedicated to giving back to the community while enjoying each other’s camaraderie and spirit. The fashion show Colla hosts features American Girl period costumes on both dolls and live models and, she says proudly, is an “unbelievable show.”In addition, Colla hosts a fund-raising telethon for the Children’s Miracle Network Celebration, raising funds for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “For me it’s an incredible experience,” she says. Just seeing the “children and the courage and strength they have makes you want to be a better person.”Colla is also proud of her work for Comcast Cares Day, in which tens of thousands of Comcast employees and their families work at some 600 project sites around the country, doing work such as painting schools, planting and cleaning.Colla is married to David Bentley, a photojournalist who works for NBC, and lives in Lower Merion. She and Bentley have two children: Sophia, 9, and David, 6. Another family member is their “crazy dog,” Buddy Love, a 4-year-old soft-haired wheaten terrier.On the side, Colla and her husband enjoy remodeling houses. They have redone five homes on the Main Line and one at the Jersey shore. The houses have been featured in several Philadelphia-area magazines.It shouldn’t be a surprise that Colla is also active as a volunteer for her children’s school in Lower Merion. She helps run the elementary-school publishing center, in which students write and illustrate their own books, and volunteers at the school’s library and for its pancake breakfast. She is also the “baker of many brownies,” she says, “probably 24 dozen this year.”For more information about Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Handicapped, visit www.asb.org. For more information about Home of the Sparrow visit www.homeofthesparrow.org. For more information about the Saturday Club visit www.Saturdayclub.org

Bio

Connie Colla

 Anchor/TV Host/Managing Editor/Talent Coach

Emmy award winning television host Connie Colla is back in her "heart home" of Phoenix, Arizona, anchoring mornings at ABC15.  Prior to her return, Connie spent 18 years in Philadelphia, most recently on "CN8, The Comcast Network." Owned by the nation's largest cable company: Comcast Corporation, CN8 broadcasts to 13 states along the East Coast, including the Boston, N. Jersey, Philly, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and D.C. markets. "Your Morning" often beat MSNBC, CNN, and CNBC in it's time slot.   Connie served in several roles for Comcast including: Morning Show Host and Managing Editor. She was responsible for overseeing the two hour live show's daily content and producing staff. She also often hosted the cooking show The Fretz Kitchen, business show Comcast Live, entertainment magazine CN8 Extra, home tour programming for a real estate channel, and home builder show Vision Builders.   She also has several franchise segments including “Connie in the Kitchen”, “In the Garden”, and “If the Shoe Fits.”  She has won several television Emmys for her work. 

Connie is also a Corporate Talent Coach,  helping leading executives achieve their full potential both through her private company, and through Comcast University. 

Prior to joining Comcast, NBC hired Connie away from Phoenix to launch their first morning newscast for Philadelphia O&O, NBC10. The program grew in size to a strong second behind power house WPVI. In 5 years, WPVI mornings lost 22 of their impressive 46 shares and News 10 Today picked up 18 of those, going on to win an Emmy for “Best Morning News Program”. Before coming to Philly, Connie anchored news and weather at KPNX-TV, in Phoenix, Arizona.  Colla and her team brought the morning show to first place in the market, winning an Emmy for "Best Morning News Program."  Connie has also worked in San Diego and Great Falls, Montana.

On the side, Connie loves to remodel homes. To date she's renovated seven homes: four on the Main Line outside Philadelphia, one at the Jersey Shore and two in Arizona.  Her homes have been featured in several Philadelphia area magazines.

Connie is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) and a past board member for The Associated Services for the Blind.  Much of her charity work focuses on women and children. Her work hosting and producing "The Children's Miracle Network Celebration" for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia earned her an Emmy.

Connie was born and raised in the "Big Sky Country" of Great Falls, Montana and is a graduate of Montana State University.  She has two children and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

In The News..

We are headed to the Emmy's! This year's nomination is in the Health/Science category.. for our piece "Unlocking the Gene to a Childhood Cancer".  A special thanks to producer Kelly Lobb for her wonderful work on the story! You are so talented Kell, lets hope we win! 

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My latest movie role is now "On Demand".. I shot  a scene on location in Philadelphia for "Law Abiding Citizen", directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler. 

It's the second time I've been cast as a reporter. The first was in "Web of Deception", a made for TV movie from Hearst Entertainment Productions.

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Check out the trailer of  "Law Abiding Citizen" starring Jamie Foxx, cameo by Connie Colla!  http://www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2753823257/

NEWS FLASH!

WELCOME!

Welcome! Take your time and look around. To the left are video montages of my work, and below you will find my bio, resume, agent info and photo gallery.

I am very lucky to have turned my passions for journalism, cooking and home renovations into a successful television career!  Enjoy the page and if you think I might make a great addition to your team.. please reach out to me at the email above or my agent Babette Perry, Vice President of IMG Broadcasting at 424-653-1960.

Thank you!

Connie Colla 

Resume

Public Comments:

“I’ve watched the competition for years, but caught you this week and am hooked! Thanks for a great morning show!” Barbara, a viewer

“Hey Connie, My wife and I were really upset when you left mornings at NBC-10, so glad you are staying in Philadelphia and we found you again! Now we catch you at night while the kids do their homework.” Mike, a viewer

“I feel as though you are a friend of the family... your smile lights up my TV!” Brenda, a viewer

Experience:

Aug. 2011- Now     ABC15, KNXV-TV, SCRIPPS TV STATIONS, Phoenix, AZ

  •  News Anchor, ABC15 Mornings and ABC15 News at 11am

2010-2011              ABC15, KNXV-TV, SCRIPPS TV STATIONS, Phoenix, AZ

  •  Host/Producer, "Smart Family" Afternoon Talk Show

2001-2010             COMCAST CORPORATION, Philadelphia, PA

  • Freelance Corporate Executive Talent Coach, Comcast University
  • Host “Comcast Live”, Comcast company wide quarterly show with Founder Ralph Roberts, CEO Brian Roberts and COO Steve Burke. 

2001-2009             CN8, THE COMCAST NETWORK, Philadelphia, PA

  • Host, syndicated cooking show:
  • Host/Managing Editor, "Your Morning" 6-8am, (13 states)
  • 7/10pm News Anchor, Weeknights (6 states)
  • CN8 NewsMaker Host: Nationally
  • Host, Prime Time Evening Magazine "CN8 EXTRA"

1995- 2000           NBC-10, (O&O)Philadelphia, PA

  • Host, Prime Time Evening Magazine "CN8 EXTRA"
  • Morning/Noon News Anchor M-F
  • Primary Fill-in Anchor, 4/5/6pm, M-F

1998                     NBC NETWORK, New York, NY

  • Guest Weather Anchor, "Weekend TODAY"

1992-1995       KPNX-TV, (NBC) Phoenix, AZ

  • Morning New Anchor, "New 12 TODAY", M-F
  • Morning Weather Anchor, M-F

 1993-1995           VARIETY 104.7, Phoenix, AZ

  • Morning Radio Show Host

Awards:            

      2013 Emmy Award Winner:

"Best Morning News Program"- Rocky Mountain Division 

      2011 Emmy Award Winner:

"Connie In The Kitchen" - Feature Segment                                   

    2005 Emmy Award Winner:

"CN8 Your Morning" - Best Morning Newscast

     2005 Emmy Award Winner:

"CMN Celebration" - Host

     2002 Emmy Award Nominee:

"CN8 Primetime"- Best Evening Newscast

     1997 Emmy Award Winner: 

"News 10 TODAY" - Best Morning Newscast                                                                         

Charity Work:      

  • Associated Services for the Blind - Board Member
  • Children's Miracle Network: Annual Host for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Home of the Sparrow: Host
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital
  • St. Mary's Food Bank
  • Valley Life
  • Arizona Arthritis Foundation