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 Police training trouble? City auditor points to high-profile cases Police training trouble? City auditor points to high-profile cases (Video)
The report, the first from the city auditor’s office since the U.S. Department of Justice criticized the bureau’s use of force, says the department is very quick to make training changes after shootings or deaths, but after that flurry of activity is over, the training tapers off.
KATU Investigators 'Puzzling' stickers found at school revealed to be marketing stunt 'Puzzling' stickers found at school revealed to be marketing stunt (Photo Gallery) (Video)
When stickers were found plastered over Portland high schools, which linked to a website with a mysterious countdown, students and parents raised concerns with district leaders. Their concerns gained traction once they learned Portland Police launched an investigation.
KATU Investigators Woman shot in head pushes for safety improvements at rifle range Woman shot in head pushes for safety improvements at rifle range (Video)
Shot or not? A Brush Prairie woman who was struck in the head by what she believes was a stray bullet from a nearby rifle range is still pushing for safety improvements at the range even after investigators called her claims inconclusive. Linda Sperling told KATU she wants Clark Rifles shooting range, which abuts her home, to bolster safety measures or shut down altogether.
KATU Investigators Gov. Kitzhaber asks Oregon AG for 'factual review' of his office Gov. Kitzhaber asks Oregon AG for 'factual review' of his office (Video)
Governor John Kitzhaber is calling on the Oregon Attorney General for an independent review of his office surrounding influence-peddling allegations against his fiancée. At the same time, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum disclosed that she had already launched an investigation.
KATU Investigators Under fire Kitzhaber stays hidden from press Under fire Kitzhaber stays hidden from press (Video)
The nonprofit group Safer Oregon PAC filed a petition to recall the governor for what it described as “embezzlement of public funds” and a “failure to protect Oregon businesses, families and children.”
KATU Investigators Clark Co. manager on shooting range: 'Safety ... could be enhanced significantly' Clark Co. manager on shooting range: 'Safety ... could be enhanced significantly' (Video)
Mike Sperling recently contacted Clark County councilors to air his safety concerns and ask for help after his wife, Linda Sperling, 65, was shot in the head while gardening on her 5-acre property last week. The Sperling's property neighbors a shooting range. Clark County's acting manager said the safety measures at the range could be 'enhanced significantly.'
KATU Investigators Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect Teen posts ad for "Gay Best Friend," leads to interaction with luring suspect (Video)
It was meant to be harmless. A 14-year-old girl and her friends posted an advertisement on a popular website for a "Gay Best Friend" but it later led to an interaction with a man police call an "internet predator." The victim's father sat down exclusively with KATU's On Your Side Investigators.
KATU Investigators 2014 year in review: The On Your Side Investigators get results 2014 year in review: The On Your Side Investigators get results (Video)
From the collapse of Oregon's largest technology project to an Oregon governor's race mired in scandal, 2014 was a busy year for KATU's On Your Side Investigators. And several of our investigations got results! Investigator Chelsea Kopta gave us a look at some of the most eye-opening revelations.