The Florida Broadcaster’s Club has announced that Ray Collins will be the featured speaker at its March 15th luncheon at the SaraBay Club in Sarasota. Collins will talk about his career as a TV anchor, reporter, producer, and news director. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 2:00 p.m. and costs $20. You do not need to be a member of the club to attend.
Ray Collins was the Co-Host of “Good Day Tampa Bay Weekends” and Sarasota Bureau Chief for Fox 13 News from 2004 to 2009. He covered the biggest stories each night from a 5-county region south of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Ray's investigation on a drug mix-up at Sarasota Memorial Hospital resulted in a policy being changed to protect patients. His stories were often picked up on the Fox News Channel and on affiliates nationwide.
Prior to coming to Tampa Bay, Collins anchored the 5, 6, and 11p.m. news at the CBS affiliate in Richmond, Virginia. He interviewed then-Governor George W. Bush, covered a Presidential debate in North Carolina, and provided live updates from the 2000 Inauguration on Capitol Hill. He also appeared nationwide on C*SPAN as a panelist for Gubernatorial and U.S. Senate debates.
Ray began his television career anchoring the morning news for the NBC affiliate in Ft. Myers and Naples where he was also used as the promotional voice of the station. He graduated from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York and spent a semester interning on Capitol Hill. covering the White House, Pentagon and State Department.
Collins is now a media consultant, helping a wide variety of clients tell their stories either through marketing videos, handling press/publicity or by teaching media skills. Clients include federal, state and county elected officials.
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