Len Besthoff is the Chief Investigative Reporter for the NBC Connecticut Investigates team.
Since joining NBC Connecticut in October of 2013, Len has brought change and broken a number of stories with statewide impact including patient abuse at Connecticut’s maximum security psychiatric hospital, glitches with the Connecticut’s DMV software, and the state’s new “Next Generation 911” system. Len has also uncovered wrongdoing by elected officials, and held public utilities accountable for their treatment of ratepayers.
Len concentrates on stories using data, records, and whistleblowers to expose waste, corruption, and wrongdoing. He advocates for protecting and improving our state’s Freedom of Information statutes, and is on the board of the Connecticut Foundation for Open Government (CFOG).
Previously, he worked for WFSB-TV in Hartford for 11 years, and was part of the station’s investigative unit, breaking a number of big stories, and receiving a number of awards for his efforts.
Len has covered major news stories on the East Coast and New England for 25 years, including 9/11, numerous hurricanes and snowstorms; and major stories in Connecticut, including the violence in Newtown and at Hartford Distributors in Manchester, along with the arrest of Hartford’s mayor.
He also worked for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, WDBJ-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, News12 Connecticut in Norwalk, and TV-34 News in Wall Township, New Jersey. He was born in New York City and grew up in northern New Jersey. He graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown with a major in Economics.
When he’s not working, you will often find Len out working in his yard, running, or playing soccer. Len and his wife support a number of community events. He is the celebrity host of the annual Children’s Associated Theatre of Manchester (CAST) Golf Tournament, and the annual CT Law Enforcement Memorial Run (CTLEOMR).