John Ferrugia


Colorado News Collaborative

John Ferrugia is Colorado’s most honored investigative reporter.

His reporting on issues of public policy led to national reforms at U.S. military academies, changes in state child welfare and mental health policy, and in numerous state laws and regulations. His coverage of school shootings has contributed to a state and national conversation about access to firearms by those who suffer mental illness.

John’s reporting has been honored with journalism’s highest national awards, including two duPont-Columbia Awards, three Peabody Awards, a national Murrow, an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, as well as numerous regional Emmys and other honors. He is an honored member of the Heartland Emmy Silver Circle for his career contribution to broadcast news.

After graduating from the University of Missouri School of Journalism, John worked in Florida and Kansas City before joining CBS News in 1980 in Washington, D.C.  He reported from around the world as a White House correspondent covering President Ronald Reagan and as a correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine “West 57th.” He moved to Denver in 1989 to anchor news and report for KCNC-TV. He joined KMGH-TV to head the investigative team in 1992. And in 2016, he joined Rocky Mountain PBS as anchor and managing editor of the nationally recognized program “Insight with John Ferrugia.”

He joined CoLab as a Special Projects Journalist, trainer and coach to collaborate with other journalists on statewide projects.

John and his wife Mona have two sons and live in Denver.