Jennifer Copeland , Anchor
Jennifer Copeland is a mainstay in Michiana television. For more than 20 years, she's worked to build a reputation of professionalism, integrity & trust in her storytelling.
If she looks familiar, it's because she is! Jennifer anchored the news at WSBT 22 for more than a decade. Now, she's anchoring the early evening news at ABC57. "I'm thrilled to continue doing what I love in the community I love," Jennifer said. "I'm so thankful for the beautiful balance ABC57 brings to my life. I get to be the kind of mom I want to be and work with a tremendously talented news team."
Jennifer is best known for her genuine, authentic and real approach to the people she meets & the stories she tells. Her passion? Finding the 'why.' Jennifer believes sharing 'why' people do what they do is the most valuable, relatable part of every story. "There are so many remarkable people doing truly astonishing things here," she said. "They deserve to be recognized and celebrated. People want and need that kind of positivity in their lives."
Our community is important to Jennifer. Through outreach and the stories she tells, Jennifer is dedicated to mental health awareness & important topics that affect us all. Her reporting has empowered local families and sparked change. Her work led the Salvation Army to adopt a new way of sorting donated clothing. The change went all the way from South Bend to Chicago to make it harder for child predators to find clothing with trustworthy, credible-looking logos that could be misleading and used to gain the trust of innocent children.
Jennifer has spent most of her career in Michiana. She was the first anchor in South Bend to launch a 4pm newscast. Over the years, she's won awards for her reporting and storytelling. She was even voted Best Anchor in Michiana in the Leader Publication's Best of the Best Readers' Choice Contest.
Jennifer began her television career at WJW FOX8 News in Cleveland, OH where she worked on consumer and investigative stories. She then moved to South Bend for a reporting and anchoring job at WSBT 22. From there, she went to Champaign, IL to be the main anchor at WICD-TV. Her career took her to Charlotte, NC after that for an evening anchor and reporter job at WCNC-TV. ABC in Minneapolis, MN hired Jennifer as a primary anchor for KSTP-TV, but after a couple of years she moved back to Michiana to be near family. In 2012, Jennifer became the main anchor at WSBT 22, before ultimately finding her home at ABC57.
Jennifer graduated with a degree from Kent State University and is passionate about using her role to do good. "Life is full of negativity, " Jennifer said. "My job is to show you what's happening in the world around you -- good and bad. I work hard to find stories that are uplifting."
Jennifer's big loves are those closest to her: her family, her two daughters & her pets.
Watch Jennifer weeknights on ABC57 News at 5, 5;30 & 6pm alongside Brian Conybeare.