Emmy Award winning reporter Claudia Coffey is thrilled to be back in her hometown of Louisville Kentucky and at the station where her career began. Claudia grew up in Louisville’s south end and was an intern at WHAS while attending Indiana University . Claudia has done just about everything in TV news, from shooting, editing, producing and reporting her own stories to anchoring morning and prime-time newscasts.
Before coming to WHAS, Claudia was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WTTG Fox 5 in Washington, DC. While there, she covered the election of President Barack Obama, the controversial Chancellor of DC Schools, Michelle Rhee and Pope Benedict’s historic visit to the United States. Her stories often appeared on Fox News and Claudia has filled in as a substitute correspondent in the DC Bureau and as the live reporter for the Fox affiliate groups across the US.
Also while in Washington, DC; She worked as a freelance correspondent for CBS Newspath covering several major national and international news stories, including the nomination of Chief Justice John Roberts, President George W. Bush's 2006 State of the Union address, the War in Iraq and the congressional hearings on the federal response to Hurricane Katrina.
Before moving to Washington, DC, Claudia had been the 4:30 p.m. anchor and 10 p.m. reporter for WTMJ, the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. While there, she extensively covered the 2004 Presidential Election focusing on the democrats. She interviewed Howard Dean, John Kerry and John Edwards as they crossed the hotly contested battleground state. She has also spent time as a reporter for WVUE- TV, the Fox affiliate, in New Orleans, Louisiana and was the 6 p.m. anchor for NBC station KARK-TV in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her TV career began with ABC affiliate WABG –TV in Greenville, Mississippi as the host of Good Morning Mississippi.
Claudia has also sat down with the country’s most prominent sports stars including Ricky Williams and former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka. In the entertainment world, she’s interviewed Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson
Claudia has not only interviewed big names in entertainment she’s also found herself right in the middle of the entertainment world. As the co-host of Travel Channel's coverage of Mardi Gras, brought the sights and sounds of America’s wildest party to an international audience during a live three hour broadcast. She was a news reporter in the 2003 movie "Runaway Jury” starring Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman as well as the recently released “Shadow People” starring Alison Eastwood.
Claudia is deeply involved in charitable endeavors throughout the area and across Kentucky. She founded the Claudia Coffey Heart Project after her son Jack who has a genetic heart defect. The site raises awareness for pediatric heart conditions and utilizes a fundraising crowdfunding program to place AEDs or Automated External Defibrillators in schools. Claudia volunteers with the American Heart Association, participating in the “Go Red for Women” campaign, and the Crystal Heart Gala. Her son , Jack was the Ambassador for the 2012 Kentuckiana Heart Walk. She is active with the Children’s Hospital Foundation programs and fundraising campaigns including “BraveHearts”, Bourbon and Bowties and Ride to Beat Cancer. Claudia emceed this year’s Julep Ball to benefit the James Graham Brown Cancer center. She is also on the Advisory Board for Bellarmine’s School of Communications as well as an Eastern Kentucky anti poverty program called R.A.M.P.
Her work and charitable endeavors has gained her numerous accolades and awards in the community. In 2010, She was named by Louisville Magazine as “Critic’s Choice” for Best Weekend Anchor. In 2011, The Voice Tribune named her “Best Dressed” as part of a campaign that raises money for Dress for Success. In 2012, Claudia was named “40 Under 40” by Business First magazine. This special issue highlights the work and volunteerism of the future leaders in the community. Claudia graced the cover of Today’s Woman Magazine two times, in 2011 and 2013. In 2013, Today’s Woman honored her along with other female leaders in Louisville as “Most Admired Woman in Media.”
Claudia graduated from Assumption High School. She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Bloomington. She graduated in just three years with a dual major in Political Science and Journalism. Claudia has a M.A. in Liberal Studies with a focus on International Relations from Georgetown University.
She lives on a farm in Southeast Jefferson County with her son Jack.