TV Reporter, Fact Digger, News Breaker, Problem Solver, Hard Worker, Creative Writer.
Chelsea Kopta is an award winning, Emmy-nominated Investigative Reporter at KATU News, the ABC affiliate in Portland, OR.
Chelsea's extensively investigated Cover Oregon, the state's problem-plagued health insurance exchange. She also spent months investigating a controversial form of permanent birth control called Essure, which women claimed caused severe side effects.
Before KATU, she lived in New York City where she worked as a freelance reporter for News 12 Connecticut. While there, she covered all kinds of stories ranging from financial relief and storm mitigation for Superstorm Sandy victims to controversial moorings along Connecticut's wealthiest coastlines.
Before that, she doubled as an Investigative Reporter and General Assingment reporter for KHQ TV, the NBC affiliate in Spokane, WA. She was part of the team that successfully built the station's I-Team, the Center for Investigative Action, from the ground up. She was also part of the team that led KHQ to the highest ratings in the station's history.
As an investigative reporter for the Center for Investigative Action at KHQ, Chelsea uncovered the trail of a crime gun, used by a convicted felon to shoot and nearly kill two Sheriff's Deputies. Through extensive research and public records requests, Chelsea found that the gun was stolen from a Utah Highway Patrolman.
Chelsea also relentlessly investigated and helped uncover a large-scale prostitution ring in which brothels operated under the guise of massage parlors and "spas." A subsequent bust by law enforcement officials led to the closure of several of the spas as well as the arrests of several spa owners.
Part of her time at KHQ also included delivering multiple live reports and interviews for the station's all-sports and weather channel, SWX. In 2012, Chelsea was selected to cover the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Oregon. She spent six days covering the Trials, which featured regional athletes as they pursued their dreams of going to the Olympics.
Prior to her time in Spokane, Chelsea was a multimedia journalist, producer, and fill-in anchor for KEPR TV, the CBS affiliate in Tri-Cities, WA. Chelsea’s stories in Southeast Washington ranged from drug trafficking and nuclear remediation to politics, business, education, and everything in between. She was on the ground as SWAT teams raided drug houses; traipsed through corn fields as deputies sought out illegal marijuana grows; and reported from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter with the National Guard.
Chelsea also broke the story of a teacher-sex scandal that ended in the man’s arrest and conviction. She was also the first reporter on the ground of one of Washington's largest animal cruelty raids, which helped save close to 400 dogs from squalor.
Before KEPR TV, Chelsea worked for KOMO TV, the ABC affiliate in Seattle, WA. While there, she worked as a producer and writer for the news and sports departments. Prior to KOMO, Chelsea worked for the Seattle SuperSonics and Storm in the public relations department.
Her career began at the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. While attending UW, she was a contributing writer for the university paper, The Daily, and regularly freelanced for several area newspapers including the Issaquah Press.
In 2013, Chelsea was nominated for an Emmy for a compilation of her stories. She's also received several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists including First Place Feature Reporting and several awards for Investigative Reporting.
When Chelsea’s not working, she’s finding the next great adventure in Portland, traveling, boating, playing volleyball, reading, taking pictures (she loves photography!), spending time with friends and family, and cheering on her alma mater - Go Huskies!
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