TV news anchor Greg Copeland knows everyone has a story to tell, and he’s made it his mission to share those stories.
The 6-foot-4 Peninsula High School and Washington State University graduate, who is now with Seattle’s KING 5, launched his reporting career in 1996 at the Northwest Cable News affiliate in Boise, Idaho. There, he did it all: reporting, filming, and editing. “In the biz, that’s what we call a one-man-band,” he said of his duties in those early years.
After Boise, Copeland spent a couple of years reporting in Portland before moving up to Seattle, where he eventually took over as the NWCN morning anchor in 2005.
Today, viewers can see Copeland anchoring at KING 5 on weekends, as well as reporting on location during the week. And while Copeland said he loves his career, reporting was not his original plan.
“I wanted to be a firefighter like my old man,” he said. “My mom actually pushed me toward journalism in college, and I got hooked on it right away.”
He has never looked back.
“Television news is an adventure,” he said. “Every day is different, and that can be exciting. It keeps you on your toes. I’m constantly learning about the world through people’s stories.”
Keep reading to see a typical day in the life of this reporter.
Photos courtesy Greg Copeland
Usually I get home around midnight, and get to bed by 2 a.m. after watching some television. On this particular day (Friday), the kids are at daycare, so I get to sleep in.
I go pretty much straight from bed to the coffee machine. I usually drink two cups while catching up on some national news and then surf the web for story ideas on days I’m reporting.
I seem to have an endless list of projects. In this case, I’m restoring a 1987 CBR1000F known as the Honda Hurricane.
It’s about an hour drive to work from Gig Harbor. I make my way around the Hwy 16/I-5 bottleneck, then it’s a pretty clear shot to the station at this time of day.
We have an afternoon meeting where we discuss what’s going on in the world and make our pitches for stories to cover. This includes our nightly reporters, executive producer, show producers, marketing team, digital team, and someone from our assignment desk.
The Special Olympics USA Games happen every four years, and this year Seattle played host. My assignment is to cover the closing ceremony and reflect on the week.
After our news vehicle was locked in a parking garage by accident, I grabbed an Uber back to the station so I could quickly log my interviews and video and write up something for our 9 o’clock show on KONG.
After writing a shortened version for our 9 o’clock newscast, I write an updated, longer story for the 10 o’clock newscast, which I will then update again for the 11 o’clock newscast on KING 5. This is what we call a package: a series of soundbites with tracked sentences that the photographer masterfully puts together with his images from the day.
I generally try to keep my stories between 1 minute 20 seconds and 1 minute 40 seconds. This particular cut timed out at 1 minute, 36 seconds. Here’s a snapshot from my video editor as I highlight Team Washington.
After a long day of racing the clock, I like to slow down and relax. This might include an episode of my latest binge series: Narcos.