Ray Collins anchors the news on ABC 7, WWSB-TV, in Sarasota, FL. Over the past 30 years, Ray has been a TV anchor, reporter, producer, and news director. He has also been a radio DJ, talk-show host, and sportscaster. He co-authored a manual on media training, covered the pro tennis tour and is regularly published in magazines–including a cover story for a national magazine. His work as a travel writer has taken him to Hawaii, Napa Valley and some of the best resorts in Florida. He’s a frequent master of ceremonies for nonprofits and has hosted hundreds of events–from the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan to the Ritz Carlton in Sarasota.
Ray won the Associated Press award “Individual Achievement for Overall Excellence”, another one for “Best General Assignment Story” and was inducted in his college radio station’s “Hall of Fame” as well as his high school’s Fine Arts “Wall of Honor.” Play Sarasota Magazine listed him as one of the “Most Influential People in Sarasota Area Tennis.”
Prior to joining ABC 7 in 2013, Ray was co-host of WTVT-TV‘s “Good Day Tampa Bay Weekends” and Sarasota Bureau Chief for Fox 13 News.
Before that, he was Main Anchor of the evening news at WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. He interviewed then-Governor 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 went to New York to cover Ground Zero, to Northern Virginia to cover the Sniper Shooting Spree and to New Orleans to cover the Virginia Tech Hokies in the Sugar Bowl. He also attended a Richmond-based case in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ray was a frequent guest host on WMAL-AM in Washington, DC and WRVA-AM in Richmond.
Ray returned to his hometown of Buffalo to anchor the news at WIVB-TV where he had interned as a teenager. Ray co-hosted a 3-hour morning show that was nominated for an Emmy award. He also anchored the top-rated Noon broadcast. Ray produced a weekly feature (“Rays of Hope”) honoring unsung heroes in the community. He also flew with the military to deliver relief supplies to survivors of Hurricane Mitch in Honduras.
Ray was News Director and Main Anchor of a start-up newscast, WNPL-TV, in Ft. Myers/Naples where he had the opportunity to hire an entire staff and launch a newscast from scratch. The Florida Associated Press honored Ray with its award, “Individual Achievement for Overall Excellence.”
Ray appeared regularly on national TV as the Florida correspondent for a tennis show on the Prime Network. He began in TV in Ft. Myers/Naples anchoring the morning news at NBC 2.
Before getting in TV, Ray anchored the news and sports for Newsradio 970 WFLA in Tampa.
Ray graduated from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York. He spent a semester interning for Tribune Media Services covering the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. http://www.american.edu/spexs/success/Ray-Collins.cfm (Right: In 2012, Ray was inducted into St. Bonaventure radio station’s “Hall of Fame.” )
Ray was President of the Broadcasters Club of Florida, and has served on boards or committees for the Loveland Center, Visit Sarasota County, Care2Tri and Take Stock in Children of Sarasota County. He’s also a graduate of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s “Leadership Institute.”
Ray was a featured speaker at the Florida Government Communicators Association annual conference, a media trainer for the Florida State Health Association annual conference and a two-time speaker for the Sarasota Civic League’s “Candidate’s Boot Camp.”
Ray’s other passion is tennis–and in 2012, he attended certification seminars at the Human Performance Institute for Sports Psychology in Orlando, and the Cardio/TRX tennis training course at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy at IMG in Bradenton. He is also a graduate of the Landmark Education Series.
Email: RayCollinsMedia@gmail.com Phone: 941-228-0091