Len Besthoff began reporting for Eyewitness News in October 2002. He is a member of the station's I-Team, and covers general assignment stories. Len has produced many investigative, enterprise, and in depth pieces for WFSB-TV. He has received a number of honors for that work, more recently from the Connecticut Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for exposing how some fire departments fail to regularly conduct safety inspections at local schools. In 2007, Len was recognized for a story about the large number of state convicts listed as "escapees."
A graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Len's work has also earned honors from the Associated Press, National Press Photographers Association, Radio Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas, along with a Southeastern Emmy Nomination.
Len's career began at TV34 News on the Jersey Shore. He then moved to News 12 CT in Norwalk. Len enjoyed working for more than a decade in the South, as a business/general assignment reporter at WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, and as a general assignment reporter at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, NC. Throughout his career Len has traveled and covered a variety of big stories for his hometown viewers. He reported live from New York following the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001, covered a number of destructive storms including Hurricane Floyd in 1999, and sat down for a one on one interview with President George W. Bush during one of his campaigns for office.
Len's passion for news began early. "When I went to college the news bug got a hold of me, and I spent untold hours at WESU-FM.", Len said. He added, "Every day is different, we're witnessing history as it happens. Then, there's the creative outlet the job provides, finding ways to mix video and audio and tell viewers a compelling story."
In his free time, Len enjoys soccer, winter sports, gardening, and fitness, along with fantasy baseball and football. He is married with two children.