Trendsetter to Know: Anchor & Reporter Colton Shone

Name: Colton Shone

Twitter: @ColtonShone

Facebook: @ColtonShoneTV

Instagram: @ColtonShone

Age: 34

Title: Anchor/Reporter

Married/Single: Married to my high school sweetheart for 11 years, and we have been together for 17!

Kids: We have one son – he’s our pandemic baby. We had him just a few weeks before things started to shut down.

City you live in: Phoenix!

A typical day in my life includes… hitting snooze on my alarm clock about four times before finally getting out of bed around 3 a.m. I go to work and help people get ready for their day on the news (it’s surreal I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do!). Then, I rush home by noon to get a nap in with my toddler! If he’s not napping, I don’t either! After, I get a workout in and wait for sleep. Next day is rinse, repeat.  

I was born… at 5:43 p.m. on November 30th. I’m a true Sagittarius.

My favorite thing about Arizona… the people and the scenery. I don’t think I could ever live in a place without mountain views.

I’m listening to… The Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack on repeat. My son loves it. I’ll take it over Baby Shark!!! When I’m alone? Mostly alternative rock.

My family… is the best! We see each other all the time now that I’m back home.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… Robin Williams. He was such a terrific actor and comedian. One of my favorite movies is Mrs. Doubtfire. I’ve watched it at least a hundred times and it never gets old.

One thing I cannot live without… coffee!

When I was younger, I wanted to be… an actor! I made and starred in my own homemade scary movies. I was in a few movies and TV shows when I lived in Albuquerque. The film industry is huge there.

I’m inspired by… graduation speeches. I’ve been honored to deliver a few myself.

The one person who motivates me is… really any of the Peloton instructors: “This is what you came for!”

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… this one is tough! End world hunger? Peace on earth? Affordable housing? Too much pressure!

The perfect day would be… hanging out at a cabin in the woods.

My first job was… an admin assistant at the City of Phoenix when I was in middle school. I did some city work programs but in high school, I worked at AMC Esplanade. I lasted a good three months!

My favorite escape… hiking in the woods. I love going to National Parks and enjoying the trails. 

My life… is full of many incredible moments, big and small. I am grateful.

I’m currently working on… being more mindful.

Always… call or text before coming over! I’m not into surprise visits!

Never… whistle at night (Navajo taboo).

Favorite Quote… Be yourself.

Biggest Dream… national morning news anchor!

My Pet Peeve(s)… robocalls!

Bio-on yourself: Colton Shone is a 3x Emmy award-winning anchor and reporter for Good Morning Arizona and is part of the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter. Shone has more than a decade of on-air broadcasting experience and exercises strong leadership and communication skills to excel in the television industry. In the summer of 2018, Colton launched the podcast “Native America with Colton Shone” where he speaks with Indigenous people who are making an impact in several different areas including journalism, film, fashion and the arts.

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