Len Besthoff is the chief investigative reporter for the NBC Connecticut Investigates team.
Since joining NBC Connecticut in October of 2013, Len has broken a number of stories with statewide interest involving major glitches with the Connecticut’s DMV software, and the state’s new “Next Generation 911” system. 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.
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.
Len 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 on the soccer field, where he coaches and plays. Len and his wife support a number of community events.
Len also teaches newswriting and on air performance at the Connecticut School of Broadcasting.