KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Tess Koppelman is a general assignment reporter for FOX 4. Her first TV job was a high school internship in her hometown of La Crosse, Wisconsin, at WXOW in 1994. She also worked at KMSP and KSTP in Minneapolis. She took her first on-air position at KOLN in Lincoln, NE.
Tess thinks of herself as a storyteller. Journalism is telling true stories about the good and bad things that happen in real people’s lives. But before she chose broadcast news, she was a competitive Scottish Highland dancer. Besides dancing, she participated in theatre in high school and college. She’s still involved in theatrics today—she sled down a hill for a winter live shot and almost ran right into the camera guy.
Tess volunteers at United Way organizations including the Ronald McDonald House and the Alphapointe Association for the Blind. She is inspired by Kansas Citians who help out others when they are in need. Her parents have also been a solid grounding for Tess. They are both educators and Tess feels teaching is in her blood. In her job she educates people about the world we live in.
She graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has received several awards from Heart of America, National Association of Press Photographers, Missouri Broadcasters Association, and Nebraska Associated Press. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists, and was nominated for a regional Emmy award.
After signing off for the night, Tess goes home and keeps talking. She meets new people out on the town, takes walks with her dog and spends lot of time on the phone talking with her out-of-state family. In October 2010, Tess married a Kansas City native, so it looks like she'll be calling Kansas City "home" for many more years to come!
Email Tess at firstname.lastname@example.org