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 Auto body shop worker runs red light with customer's car at 3 a.m. Auto body shop worker runs red light with customer's car at 3 a.m. (Photo Gallery) (Video)
A Canby mom turned to the On Your Side Investigators after she said joyriders took her car for a ride when it was supposed to be in the shop for repairs. The woman said didn't find out about the late-night spin until the joyriders were busted by a red light camera.
Local Wife dies, husband critical in Oregon City double shooting Wife dies, husband critical in Oregon City double shooting (Video)
A woman died early Wednesday morning and her husband remains in critical condition after the couple was found shot in an Oregon City driveway the day before. Police are investigating the incident as domestic violence, and officials said they think the husband was the shooter.
Local First round in Cover Oregon legal fight goes to state First round in Cover Oregon legal fight goes to state (Video)
The state of Oregon on Friday won the first round against Oracle Inc. in their legal dispute over the failed Cover Oregon health insurance website after a judge rejected Oracle's effort to try the case exclusively in federal court.
KATU Investigators Audit: Portland not following several credit, debit card security rules Audit: Portland not following several credit, debit card security rules (Video)
Are parking meters putting you at risk? If you pay with plastic, they could be. A newly-released city audit reveals Portland has failed to comply with credit and debit card protections for five years, which the report states, could put your sensitive information at risk.
KATU Investigators Police investigating reports Grant HS students taped themselves having sex Police investigating reports Grant HS students taped themselves having sex (Video)
Portland police say they are investigating reports that students at Grant High School recorded themselves having sex and then shared those videos with other students. Sharing videos of minors having sex is a crime and Portland Police said the teens who shared the videos could face child porn-related charges.
KATU Investigators Home Care Nightmare: State-approved caregiver admits to stealing money from great-grandmother Home Care Nightmare: State-approved caregiver admits to stealing money from great-grandmother (Video)
It's one of the toughest decisions a family can make: trusting someone enough to care for their loved ones inside their own home. So imagine how a family in Milwaukie felt when they caught their caregiver stealing from their aging mom. To add insult to injury, the caregiver was on a state-approved list from the Department of Human Services.
Local Vancouver triple shooting: Two people shot, shooter dead Vancouver triple shooting: Two people shot, shooter dead (Video)
The Clark County Sheriff's Office responded to a shooting in Vancouver on 63rd St. and Andresen Rd. Two people have been shot and the shooter is dead according to the sheriff.
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.