Ray Collins is the Co-Anchor of "Good Morning Suncoast" and is an award-winning reporter.
Ray won the Florida Associated Press award for "Best General Assignment Story" after his investigation into a Sarasota City Commissioner. He previously won the Florida AP award, "Individual Achievement for Overall Excellence."
Ray reported live from Cleveland during the week of the Republican National Convention, and he accompanied local veterans on the "Honor Flight" to Washington, DC, for an emotional visit to the National World War II Memorial.
*Prior to joining ABC 7 in 2013, Ray was Co-Anchor of "Good Day Tampa Bay Weekends" on Fox 13 News in Tampa. He was also the Sarasota/Bradenton Bureau Chief, covering a 5-county region south of the Sunshine Skyway.
*Ray anchored the 5, 6 & 11pm news on WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. He covered a Presidential Debate in North Carolina and the subsequent Inauguration on Capitol Hill. On 9/11, Ray was on-the-air 15 hours, later doing a series of reports from Ground Zero and hosting an award-winning anniversary special. He also covered a Richmond-based case in the U.S. Supreme Court.
During this time, Ray also reported live from the New Orleans Superdome where the Virginia Tech Hokies played in the Sugar Bowl, was a panelist in two political debates that aired nationwide on C*SPAN, and was a frequent guest radio talk-show host, both on WRVA-AM in Richmond, and WMAL-AM in Washington, DC.
*Prior to Virginia, Ray anchored the Emmy-nominated "Wake Up!" show and #1 Noon newscast at WIVB-TV in his hometown of Buffalo--the same station where he had interned as a teenager! Ray flew with the Niagara Falls military reserves to Honduras to deliver relief supplies to victims of Hurricane Mitch. He went behind the scenes of a movie production in Toronto, and he began a popular weekly feature called "Rays of Hope" honoring unsung heroes in the community.
*Ray began his TV career in Southwest Florida, first as Morning Anchor on WBBH-TV in Ft. Myers and later as the News Director & Main Anchor on WNPL-TV in Naples.
*Ray started in radio, first as a DJ, newscaster and talk-show host at WRNJ in New Jersey and later at Newsradio 970 WFLA in Tampa. Besides anchoring the hourly news updates, Ray also covered the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, filled-in as airborne traffic reporter--and was dispatched to South Carolina to cover the arrival--and devastation-- of Hurricane Hugo in Charleston.
Ray graduated from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York. He interned on Capitol Hill, was a University Ambassador, and played NCAA Tennis. In 2012, Ray was inducted into the campus radio station's "Hall of Fame."
In 2016, Ray's high school in Buffalo, St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, inducted Ray into its Liberal Arts "Wall of Honor."
Over the years, Ray was the Florida correspondent on a national tennis show, co-authored a book on media skills, and was published over 100 times in several regional and national magazines as a travel writer.
Ray is very active in the Suncoast community, serving as an emcee for a variety of nonprofit events and galas around the area. He has been on a number of nonprofit boards and committees--and was a two-time President of the Broadcasters Club of Florida. Play Sarasota Magazine listed Ray among the "Most Influential People in Sarasota area Tennis."