January 14th, 2014
Tess Koppelman

Popular general assignment reporter Tess Koppelman has decided to give up her day job at WDAF-TV Fox 4 in Kansas City for a new, full-time job: mother.

Koppelman, who was married in 2010, told Bottom Line after 12 years she has made the decision to stay home with her baby son, Elliott.

“It was a tough decision but like any good journalist I did my research and all the stay at home moms and dads I talked to said it was the best decision they ever made,” she says. “So I’m looking forward to this new adventure, and then see what the next one will be.”

Koppelman packed up her things and left the station on Monday. ¬†She says she will do some fill-in work for Fox 4 “now and then.”

She joined Fox 4 in August 2001 after spending three years at KOLN/KGIN TV in Lincoln, NE as a reporter/producer. Prior to that she spent six months as an associate producer at KMSP-TV in Minneapolis.

She started her TV career at her hometown in La Crosse, WI in 1994 and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. She has won a number of journalism awards during her career.

“Elliott is a very demanding boss. I’m excited for this new life adventure and for whatever comes next!” she posted on her Facebook page.

3 Responses

  1. Poster says:

    Big loss for FOX 4. She’s a very genuine person and very kind to the people she encounters in the field — interviews and media colleagues alike. Best of luck to Tess.

    I’m glad to know about you. I knew another person, Tess Koppelman and was the wife of Chaim Koppelman, the printmaker. http://www.ChaimKoppelman.net Good luck with your wise decision. Teach your baby to like the world he was born into. Sincerely dk

  3. Victor says:


    You’re a wonderful person. You’re smile and laughter at a news scene is cherished and remembered always.

    Best of luck!

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