Chelsea Kopta

Reporter

Chelsea Kopta
Chelsea Kopta
Reporter
Chelsea Kopta joined KATU in August 2013 as a member of the On Your Side Investigative Reporting Team.

She most recently 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 coastlines.

Before that, she doubled as an Investigative Reporter and General Assignment reporter for KHQ TV, the NBC affiliate in Spokane, WA. She was part of the team that successfully built the station's investigative unit, the Center for Investigative Action, from the ground up. Chelsea also relentlessly investigated and helped uncover a large-scale prostitution ring in which brothels operated under the guise of massage parlors. 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. Chelsea 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, spending time with friends and family, and cheering on her alma mater - Go Huskies!

Recent stories by Chelsea Kopta

KATU Investigators Kitzhaber continues to deny fiancée blurred personal, professional lines Kitzhaber continues to deny fiancée blurred personal, professional lines (Video)
In the latest gubernatorial debate, incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber maintained that his fiancée did not use her position as first lady to land contracts for her private consulting company. Kitzhaber also maintained that his office established a "rigorous" review of her professional contracts to avoid any potential conflicts of interest.
Local Dr. Steven Fritz memorial: "He was unapologetically himself" Dr. Steven Fritz memorial: "He was unapologetically himself" (Video)
During a celebration of life for Dr. Steven Fritz, who died in a car crash last week, Alessandra Fritz described her dad as "unapologetically kind & unapologetically himself." Hundreds turned out to honor Fritz at Terry Schrunk Park - many adorned in costumes at the encouragement of Fritz's family - because they said that's what their loved one would have wanted.
KATU Investigators Family of girl who died from E. coli suspects watermelon might be culprit Family of girl who died from E. coli suspects watermelon might be culprit (Video)
There have been three cases of E. coli in Oregon. One of them killed a 4-year-old girl and sent two other little kids to the hospital. Are they connected? The aunt of Serena Profitt, the 4-year-old who died, told KATU she believes watermelon purchased from a Walmart in Lebanon might be the source.
KATU Investigators Report: Oregon faces one of the worst juvenile crime problems in the nation Report: Oregon faces one of the worst juvenile crime problems in the nation (Video)
Should teen offenders be let out on field trips? The Washington County teen accused of raping a woman outside Autzen Stadium last weekend was participating in a program that stresses alternatives to putting juvenile offenders under lock and key. But the On Your Side Investigators uncovered reports that show such alternatives have been called into question. Meanwhile, Multnomah County defends its juvenile services programs.
KATU Investigators Llewellyn Elementary to be tested for lead after mom raises concerns Llewellyn Elementary to be tested for lead after mom raises concerns (Video)
A Sellwood mother contacted Portland Public Schools with concerns that Llewellyn Elementary in Southeast Portland was exposing children to lead with what she described as flaking lead paint chips. On Monday, the district spokeswoman told KATU the district is now hiring an independent contractor to test for lead at Llewellyn.
KATU Investigators Mom alleges students read erotic literature with school iPads Mom alleges students read erotic literature with school iPads (Video)
A mother in Forest Grove said she made a shocking discovery when she browsed through her daughter's school iPad - issued from Neil Armstrong Middle School - and found erotic literature. It's the same school the On Your Side Investigators revealed was linked to cyberbullying issues after students breached the iPad security system.
KATU Investigators Friend of murdered mother: 'I just pray that justice is served' Friend of murdered mother: 'I just pray that justice is served' (Video)
The 21-year-old mother who was pregnant with her second child was shot twice in the head while sleeping in her apartment Sunday, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner's office Tuesday. A close family friend also provided touching new details about Herring's life to the On Your Side Investigators.
KATU Investigators Department of Defense gave 9 counties in Oregon, Washington military weapons Department of Defense gave 9 counties in Oregon, Washington military weapons (Video)
The Ferguson Police Department used surplus military weapons from the Department of Defense when it clashed with protesters over the death of an unarmed teenager. The On your Side Investigators started digging and tracked hundreds of surplus military weapons to Oregon and Washington too.