Marshall Zelinger is a Peabody-award winning journalist who has lived in Colorado for all but one year of his life.
Marshall joined 7NEWS in January 2010. He graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2002 and grew up in Aurora, where he was also a Buff (Smoky Hill!).
In 2012, Marshall spent six weeks investigating the Lower North Fork Fire. He produced more than two-dozen reports uncovering mistakes and failures that led to the deaths of three people and the destruction of more than 20 homes. At the end of those six weeks, he helped produce a 30-minute special with original content entitled, "Investigating The Fire."
Less than one day after the special aired, lawmakers announced a compromise to allow victims of the fire a chance at compensation beyond the state's $600,000 limit. The compromise also called for a claims process that allowed victims to avoid having to go to court.
In 2013, Marshall received a George Foster Peabody Award for "Investigating The Fire." The special also received the Scripps Howard, Jack R. Howard Award, for local in-depth coverage.
Also in 2013, Marshall was honored with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. The University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism awards the honor every two years.
As a multimedia investigative reporter, Marshall covers breaking news, investigation and politics for the 10 p.m. weeknight newscasts. He extensively covered the Lower North Fork Fire, High Park Fire in Fort Collins, Waldo Canyon Fire in Colorado Springs and Fourmile Fire in Boulder.
He was the first to report live from the apartment of the suspected Aurora theater shooter at 4:30 a.m. on July 20, 2012. He is one of the three-dozen journalists to sit inside the courtroom for the trial against the suspected shooter.
Marshall was also sent to Newtown, Conn. to investigate the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
During the election cycle, Marshall is responsible for analyzing political ads using his "Truth Tracker." He also covered the 2012 political conventions in Tampa (RNC) and Charlotte (DNC).
Do you say demonstrative deh-mon-stray-tive or deh-monstrah-tive? Either way, Marshall finds the best way to explain and understand a story is through show and tell, a skill he learned in kindergarten.
Marshall has demonstrated the steps to stay alive if caught outside during a winter storm and tested his own body in below zero temperatures to show just how fast you can get hypothermia.
Marshall's peers have honored his work with three Heartland Chapter Emmy awards for live reporting and a feature political story about a woman who was "Bleeping Mad." That same story was also honored with a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. He's also received honors from the Colorado Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press.
His journalism career started at KRCR in Chico, Calif. in May 2003. Prior to joining 7NEWS, Marshall worked at KRDO in Colorado Springs, starting in May 2004. At KRDO, Marshall covered the 2008 election, including trips to the DNC/RNC in Denver and St. Paul, Minn. In 2007, he went undercover in Boston during the Colorado Rockies trip to the 2007 World Series. In 2004, he covered the efforts of local volunteers driving to Houston to help after Hurricane Katrina.
Marshall is dad to a "Kosher" hot dog. His red, shorthaired dachshund is named Kosher. You'll likely find Marshall running at Wash Park or running to or from Wash Park. He's run four marathons, including a personal best 3:03:24 at the 2010 Boston Marathon. He prefers half marathons (1:19:46), but figures he'll get talked into another 26.2.
Pure relaxation to him is a vanilla latte and a bottomless bowl of cereal.
If you have a story you'd like Marshall to investigate, know of a good trail to run or can recommend a good spot for a vanilla latte, contact him!