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
  • Man attacked by group including step-daughter shares story for first time

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — A 70-year-old man was brutally attacked, beaten almost to death in his own home, and is now sharing his story publicly for the first time. The man’s own wife and step-daughter were two of the four people now convicted of attempted murder. Thursday was the last time Dennis Davey would have to go to court. The last two of the four suspects got their sentences handed to them. It’s been almost one year since the attack in Davey’s […]

  • Missouri lawmakers to consider legalizing medical marijuana

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told a national audience that the legislature would consider medical marijuana, but his words were met with mixed reaction here in Kansas City. On Sunday morning’s CNN show State of the Union, Nixon said the bridge isn’t yet built for decriminalization, but lawmakers are open to medical marijuana. “Medicinally I think folks are beginning to see there are things the medical community can help on,” Nixon said, “our legislature might consider that.” […]

  • Pedestrians are still asking the city to clear sidewalks of snow

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Everywhere you go in the metro you see sidewalks totally snow packed without a shovel ever touching them. Pedestrians say it’s dangerous and the city should crack down. Jeanette Arnold walks everywhere. She walks to work, the grocery shopping, and the Laundromat, among other things. And she says every year she battles treacherous sidewalks. “Not everybody has a car I’m sure a lot of people have been hurt,” said Arnold. Hurt, because she says snowy and […]

  • Coroners office confirms dead body was found inside freezer in KCK garage

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Police are investigating after a body was found inside of a freezer at a Kansas City, Kan., residence on Sunday. Shortly after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, Kansas City, Kan., police we dispatched to a home located at 1837 New Jersey on Sunday. On Monday, the Wyandotte County coroners office confirmed human remains were found in a freezer inside a detached garage behind the home. An autopsy to determine a cause of death has been […]

  • Suspect arrested in motel murder case

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police have a suspect behind bars in the case of a woman found murdered in a Kansas City hotel room. Jackson County Prosecutors have charged 25-year-old Paul Simmons with second degree murder. He’s accused of killing 49-year-old Brenda Anderson a week ago Saturday at the American Inn at 32nd and Broadway. Police say it was a business card in the hotel trash can that lead them to the suspect. RELATED: Police identify victim of possible homicide inside Kansas […]

  • Local father loses fight to stay in the U.S.

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A local man has lost his fight to stay in this country, and a group of pastors, who had been helping him in his fight, say they are heartbroken. The group learned Josue Sandoval Perez was deported on Friday morning, the same day they held a rally in support of the Kansas City father’s cause. They had no idea as they held that rally, it was already too late. Andrew Kling with Communities Creating Opportunity, or […]

  • A new flare at Arrowhead heats things up

    Things are heating up at Arrowhead. While the Chiefs are hot-hot-hot with their 8-0 record, there’s another source of heat before each game that’s getting attention. FOX 4’s Tess Koppelman spoke to the men behind the pyrotechnics that add flare to this year’s season.

  • Funeral held for toddler who drowned in a pond

    HOLT, Mo. — Family and friends will gathered Friday evening for the funeral of 19-month-old Josslyn, found drowned in a pond on her family’s property in Holt. Clay County Sheriff’s Office investigators haven’t finished the investigation into the drowning yet, but the side of the family who was there that night says there’s no doubt it was accidental. Now we’re hearing from one of them for the first time. Maternal grandmother Charla Assel said there’s so much about 19-month-old Jossy […]

  • Ongoing water main break frustrates businesses

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A water main break that has been bubbling water for — we’re told — at least six weeks is frustrating area businesses. “It is a lot of water and just six weeks of this just running out that’s a lot of water,” said Lorne Mavon, with Gaines Furniture Outlet. Holiday furniture across the street says businesses along here have been dealing with several breaks on Truman Road over the last few weeks. Her water has been […]

  • Advocates expected to rally for breastfeeding mom held in contempt of court

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A mom is going to court in Jackson County on Thursday, held in contempt of court because she told a judge she can’t serve jury duty. Why? Because she told the court-she’s breastfeeding. Laura Trickle`s court hearing is on Thursday morning. Shortly after that hearing – around 11am — several dozen people are expected to protest here at the courthouse. Their goal is to raise awareness about a change in the law that they say needs […]

  • Target to begin ranking cleaning products based on chemical makeup

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some consumer groups are celebrating a big victory after spending years sounding the alarm about the chemicals in products that we use every day: everything from laundry detergent to cleaning supplies. Now a major retailer has announced a new program that will help educate consumers about the chemicals in the products we buy. Target is calling it the “Sustainable Product Standard” and the program will rank some 7500 products on a 1-100 scale based on things […]

  • Study finds salmonella in breast milk sold online

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A new study is warning parents about tainted breast milk that has been sold online. The study in the journal Pediatrics found some milk samples contained bacteria — sometimes the bacteria was so high it was enough to make babies very ill. St. Luke’s Hospital is the only milk bank in the Kansas City area, called the Heart of America Mother’s Milk Bank. Unlike the online websites, the milk at St. Luke’s is donated by women […]