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 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.
KATU Investigators Political message or vandalism? Neighbors alarmed by bizarre notes Political message or vandalism? Neighbors alarmed by bizarre notes (Video)
A University Park woman woman contacted the On Your Side Investigators about notes she found on her front stairs threatening to throw apples on the rooftops of Senator Jeff Merkley supporters. KATU found, this isn't the first time this neighborhood was hit with bizarre notes.
KATU Investigators Latest round of ODOT maintenance on 217 flyover ramp won't fix crash problems Latest round of ODOT maintenance on 217 flyover ramp won't fix crash problems (Video)
The ramp connecting Interstate 5 to Highway 217 in Lake Oswego, known as the "flyover" ramp, has become notorious for spinout crashes that snarl traffic. This week, Oregon's Department of Transportation made good on its promise to upgrade the ramp but Friday, ODOT admitted it was not enough to fix the ongoing problems.
Local Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange Oracle sues Oregon over health insurance exchange (Video)
Oracle Corp. is suing Oregon in a continuing fiasco over the state's health insurance exchange, saying Oregon is continuing to use the technology company's software despite $23 million in disputed bills.
KATU Investigators No safety improvements expected for deadly stretch of road near Molalla No safety improvements expected for deadly stretch of road near Molalla (Photo Gallery) (Video)
Families and friends are mourning the death of two teenage girls who died this weekend when the car they were in went over an embankment and into the Molalla River. The On Your Side Investigators also learned that the place where the girls crashed was the site of another bad accident just months earlier.