Ray Collins is an award-winning journalist who has been anchoring and reporting the news on the Gulf Coast of Florida for much of the past 30 years.
The Florida Associated Press honored Ray with the award of "Overall Excellence" and he won the AP's 2016 "Best General Assignment Story" for an investigation of a Sarasota City Commissioner:
Prior to joining ABC 7 in 2013, Ray was the Sarasota/Bradenton Bureau Chief and co-anchor of "Good Day Tampa Bay Weekends" for Fox 13 News.
Before that, Ray was the 5, 6 and 11pm anchor in Richmond... the morning and noon anchor in his hometown of Buffalo... and weekend anchor in Ft. Myers. Prior to working in TV, Ray spent four years in radio including at Newsradio 970 WFLA in Tampa.
Ray has had the opportunity to cover some significant news events around the continent--from Toronto to Honduras...from New York to New Orleans...and several times in Washington DC. Along the way, Ray has been a correspondent for a nationally-televised tennis program...filled-in as a guest-host on several talk radio stations...and appeared twice on C*SPAN as a panelist on live political debates.
Ray hosts dozens of events and galas throughout the year for area nonprofits, and is also the annual "Voice" of the Sarasota Open. His support of the local tennis community earned him induction into the Totally Tennis Magazine "Gulf Coast Tennis Hall of Fame." He has served on several local boards and was two-term President of the Broadcasters Club of Florida.
In his spare time, Ray is a travel writer for a local magazine and produces videos about resorts around Florida. He has co-authored an instruction guide on media and image training.
Ray graduated from St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York; he interned on Capitol Hill and played NCAA tennis. In 2012, the campus radio station inducted him into its "Hall of Fame." In 2016, Ray was inducted into his high school's "Liberal Arts 'Wall of Honor'" at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute in Buffalo.
If you have a story idea, write Ray at RCollins@MySuncoast.com