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 State audit reveals veterinarians don't undergo background checks State audit reveals veterinarians don't undergo background checks (Video)
Is your veterinarian well vetted? On Your Side Investigator Chelsea Kopta reveals the results of a troubling new state audit that states veterinarians are not background checked by the state licensing board. When she started digging even deeper, she found out some of those vets have criminal histories, including one whose license was revoked for abusing animals.
KATU Investigators Shot 7 times, officer still manages to describe shooter on ride to hospital Shot 7 times, officer still manages to describe shooter on ride to hospital (Video)
A Vancouver police officer who'd been shot seven times still managed to give fellow officers a brief description of the shooting and of the accused shooter as he was rushed to the hospital. Officer Dustin Goudschaal, 32, was identified as the motorcycle officer shot Monday after he made a traffic stop.
KATU Investigators Oracle claims it has proof Cover Oregon website worked Oracle claims it has proof Cover Oregon website worked (Video)
Cover Oregon's website actually worked. That's the claim by main technology vendor, Oracle, which said the site was ready for the public to enroll in February 2014 but insisted the state pulled the plug on the project in favor of the federal exchange technology.
KATU Investigators Oracle: Cover Oregon website worked, but plug pulled for political reasons Oracle: Cover Oregon website worked, but plug pulled for political reasons (Video)
Software vendor Oracle provided information last week to the U.S. House and Energy Committee claiming the Cover Oregon website was operational in February, but that the state of Oregon pulled the plug on it for political reasons.
KATU Investigators Search warrants offer most detailed account yet of Reynolds HS shooting Search warrants offer most detailed account yet of Reynolds HS shooting (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Newly released documents offer the most detailed account yet of the June 10 Reynolds High School Shooting, including one student’s account of Jared Padgett’s strange behavior, just minutes before the gunfire erupted inside the school gym.
KATU Investigators Reynolds superintendent defends security after school shooting Reynolds superintendent defends security after school shooting (Video)
Securing our schools. Did Reynolds High School do enough to protect students? That's the question some parents are now asking in the aftermath of a school shooting that left both a student and the accused gunman dead. Wednesday, district superintendent Linda Florence said Reynolds High School is a safe environment for students.
KATU Investigators Teenage rape suspect to be prosecuted as adult Teenage rape suspect to be prosecuted as adult (Video)
A teenage rape suspect made his first appearance in juvenile court Tuesday charged with 13 crimes, including attempted rape of a Northeast Portland woman and attempted rape of a 16-year-old high school student. Police said the teen will be charged as an adult.