Though many famous people from Avon, Indiana are nationally recognized, whether it’s in the racing world (Larry Dixon, Chet Fillip) or the acting world (Steve Talley), there are a few that are more hometown heroes than famous faces. One such person is Indianapolis media personality Bruce Kopp, a veteran of television and radio in the Midwest. You probably know him best as the co-anchor of “Eyewitness News Sunrise” on Channel 13 WTHR, an Indianapolis television station, but he’s been a voice on Indiana TV and radio for many years.
|Promotional video for Channel 13 WTHR’s Eyewitness News Sunrise, featuring Avon, Indiana resident Bruce Kopp|
Bruce Kopp didn’t start his career in television. He was a personality on several Illinois radio stations before he started school at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He served at the college’s TV station as a kind of jack of all trades, working as a reporter, anchor, sports director, and news director before graduating with his Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television. His degree launched Bruce Kopp into a position at WEHT-TV in Evansville, Indiana, where he was the co-anchor for the nightly news program.
|Video of a Channel 13 Newsbreak featuring Avon, Indiana resident Bruce Kopp in 1995|
In 1983, Bruce Kopp joined the ranks of Channel 13 WTHR as a business reporter, and he’s been with the Indianapolis media outlet ever since. He became the co-anchor for “Eyewitness News Sunrise” in 1990, and he was also the co-anchor for WTHR’s noon programming from 1990 to 2005. The Indianapolis community has responded to Bruce Kopp’s expertise as an anchor; he’s won several awards during his tenure at Channel 13, including a four year run as Best Early Morning Anchor from Indianapolis Monthly magazine’s Reader’s Choice poll. In addition, he’s won no less than eight awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press.
|Video of Avon, Indiana resident Bruce Kopp hosting a Noon Break broadcast in 1984|
Now a resident of Avon, Bruce Kopp has traveled overseas to report on Indianapolis pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly and Company, covered the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, and been present at countless Indianapolis sports events. In addition, Bruce Kopp is always trying to help the Indy community: he makes guest appearances at plenty of Indianapolis events for charity, and his annual Bruce Kopp Little Red Door Open has raised over $100,000 for the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, an Indianapolis non-profit organization. Bruce Kopp is a famous Avon person who is probably unknown outside of the Hoosier state, but he’s more than earned his place as a hometown hero.
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