Tess Koppelman


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 behind the scenes at KMSP and KSTP in Minneapolis. She took her first on-air reporting job 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 people's lives. She's been telling stories for a long time, writing her first novel in elementary school and in high school she wrote a play performed at the community theatre.

Before she chose broadcast news, she was a competitive Scottish Highland dancer. She must have enjoyed being on stage because she also acted in many plays in community theatre, as well as high school and college plays. 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 various United Way organizations including the Ronald McDonald House, Harvesters, and the Alphapointe Association for the Blind. Tess is also a "Big Sister" through the Greater Kansas City Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and she enjoys spending time with her "little" Dominique.

Tess graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She worked on the college newspaper "The Aquin" and was news director for the college television program "Campus Scope." Since then she has been recognized for her work in journalism, including awards from Heart of America, National Press Photographers Association, Missouri Broadcasters Association, and she was nominated for a regional Emmy award.

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!

Recent Articles

  • Missouri lawmakers to consider legalizing medical marijuana

    Posted on: 10:18 pm, February 23, 2014, by , updated on: 11:19pm, February 23, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told a national audience that the legislature would consider medical marijuana, but...
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  • Pedestrians are still asking the city to clear sidewalks of snow

    Posted on: 9:56 pm, February 16, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:20pm, February 16, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Everywhere you go in the metro you see sidewalks totally snow packed without a shovel ever...
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  • Suspect arrested in motel murder case

    Posted on: 11:15 pm, February 9, 2014, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Police have a suspect behind bars in the case of a woman found murdered in a Kansas...
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  • Coroners office confirms dead body was found inside freezer in KCK garage

    Posted on: 7:01 pm, February 9, 2014, by and , updated on: 05:18pm, February 10, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police are investigating after a body was found inside of a freezer at a Kansas City,...
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  • Local father loses fight to stay in the U.S.

    Posted on: 10:45 pm, February 2, 2014, by , updated on: 10:48pm, February 2, 2014

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local man has lost his fight to stay in this country, and a group of...
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  • A new flare at Arrowhead heats things up

    Posted on: 6:17 pm, October 28, 2013, by , updated on: 06:19pm, October 28, 2013

    Things are heating up at Arrowhead. While the Chiefs are hot-hot-hot with their 8-0 record, there’s another source of heat...
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  • Funeral held for toddler who drowned in a pond

    Posted on: 6:34 pm, October 25, 2013, by , updated on: 11:25pm, October 25, 2013

    HOLT, Mo. — Family and friends will gathered Friday evening for the funeral of 19-month-old Josslyn, found drowned in a...
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  • Ongoing water main break frustrates businesses

    Posted on: 12:54 pm, October 24, 2013, by , updated on: 06:07pm, October 24, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A water main break that has been bubbling water for — we’re told — at least...
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  • Advocates expected to rally for breastfeeding mom held in contempt of court

    Posted on: 5:30 pm, October 23, 2013, by

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A mom is going to court in Jackson County on Thursday, held in contempt of court...
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  • Target to begin ranking cleaning products based on chemical makeup

    Posted on: 7:37 pm, October 22, 2013, by , updated on: 07:39pm, October 22, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some consumer groups are celebrating a big victory after spending years sounding the alarm about the...
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  • Study finds salmonella in breast milk sold online

    Posted on: 5:56 pm, October 21, 2013, by , updated on: 06:21pm, October 21, 2013

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new study is warning parents about tainted breast milk that has been sold online. The...
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  • One man’s battle with cancer benefits others

    Posted on: 6:38 pm, October 18, 2013, by

    LIBERTY, Mo. — It all started when a group of friends saw how their friend struggle financially while battling cancer....
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