Colwell was circumspect when asked to explain his departure."I believe the station wanted to head in some different direction with which I wasn't comfortable," Colwell said, adding that he didn't want to elaborate. "I wish WNIT well," he said. "Public television is very important.""We're sorry to see him go," said Mary Pruess, station manager. "This was his decision, not ours."
Colwell is a former political reporter for the South Bend Tribune. He still contributes columns to the newspaper.