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 Complaints double against popular form of birth control Essure Complaints double against popular form of birth control Essure(Video)
KATU first introduced you to a group of women five months ago who underwent a procedure called Essure, meant to permanently prevent pregnancy. But they became part of a growing number of women who say the procedure caused them serious health problems. Now, with complaints about Essure piling up, the On Your Side Investigators reveal the twists their stories have taken and one horrifying decision one woman made to stay healthy.
KATU Investigators Cover Oregon invites public to once-secret oversight meetings Cover Oregon invites public to once-secret oversight meetings(Video)
For the first time in almost two years, Cover Oregon opened its legislative oversight committee meetings to the public that were once held in secret. The newfound transparency came after KATU asked questions about whether those closed-door meetings broke state Sunshine laws.
KATU Investigators Cover Oregon: Apply for insurance in April and avoid federal penalty Cover Oregon: Apply for insurance in April and avoid federal penalty(Video)
Mark your calendars. Uninsured Oregonians have another month to apply for health insurance thanks to Cover Oregon's plethora of technical problems. Meanwhile, Monday marked the deadline for the rest of the country to apply for health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act.
KATU Investigators Months later, Gresham woman still wondering if she has health insurance Months later, Gresham woman still wondering if she has health insurance(Video)
Laura Sandgren thought she did everything right to get health insurance through Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange. She applied before the deadline, frequently checked the status of her application and even sought the help of an insurance broker to expedite the process.
KATU Investigators Portland tech company to governor: We can fix Cover Oregon's website Portland tech company to governor: We can fix Cover Oregon's website(Video)
The On Your Side Investigators learned Portland web developer, Metal Toad, is pitching a plan to Gov. John Kitzhaber to build a new health insurance exchange from the ground up for a fraction of the cost. Sound too good to be true? The company is offering a money-back guarantee if it can't pull off the job.
KATU Investigators Cover Oregon confessions: Are they playing games with your health? Cover Oregon confessions: Are they playing games with your health?(Video)
Conversations with one current and one former Cover Oregon application processor revealed an unprofessional processing system that encourages workers to push applications through at all costs, while at times doing little to protect taxpayer money or privacy.
KATU Investigators Vast underground pet network draws controversy Vast underground pet network draws controversy(Video)
KATU exposes a vast underground pet network. Puppies and kittens are being shipped to Oregon - by the thousands - to avoid death sentences at high-kill shelters in California. But who's watching to ensure those pets aren't "trafficked?" The On Your Side Investigators reveal how these puppies and kitties may be paying the price for new homes in Portland.
KATU Investigators Ex-Cover Oregon website chief: 'I stuck to the talking points ... they were not accurate' Ex-Cover Oregon website chief: 'I stuck to the talking points ... they were not accurate'(Video)
Carolyn Lawson, the IT expert who tried and failed to build Oregon’s online insurance exchange, complained to an Oregon Health Authority official that she was forced to leave under false pretenses in an email uncovered by the On Your Side Investigators.
KATU Investigators Cover Oregon website can now enroll some people Cover Oregon website can now enroll some people(Video)
Cover Oregon rolled out its online enrollment system on Tuesday to insurance agents and community organizations, allowing them to directly enroll people with less complex situations from start to finish in one sitting.