Tessa Chapman has been Chief Correspondent for 5 News since 2011, reporting at home and abroad for the channel. She also regularly co-presents the network’s flagship news show at 5pm.
Shortlisted for ‘Journalist of the Year’ by the Society of Editors in 2022 and 2023, Tessa is a highly regarded reporter and broadcaster. Her work includes award-winning investigations into eating disorders and the taboo subject of child to parent abuse, and long-form reports into social issues including drug rehabilitation, gambling and children in care.
Tessa has been at the heart of the biggest stories in recent years, reporting from Kyiv as Russia invaded Ukraine, from Turkey in the aftermath of the earthquake and presenting live from the studio to break the news of the Queen’s death to viewers. She has travelled extensively during her career, covering conflicts in Gaza and Libya, refugee crises in the Middle East and Europe, shooting tragedies and the gun rights debate in the US and climate issues in Africa and Iceland.
Tessa’s strength lies in her versatility and she enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life; she is as comfortable interviewing politicians as pop stars, and thrives on both reporting on the road and the buzz of live television in the studio.
In addition to her work at 5 News, she has presented the topical debate show, Jeremy Vine Extra - discussing the day’s big talking points with celebrity panellists and viewers at home. She hosts documentary screenings and business conferences, moderates panels for corporate clients, and offers consultancy on presenting under pressure.
Before her current role, Tessa was North of England Correspondent for Sky News. Her first job in television was as a reporter for ITV Granada. She started her career in local commercial radio in Manchester, where she was sent to interview the Prime Minister Tony Blair on her first day.
Tessa lives in Twickenham with her husband and two young sons. In her spare time she enjoys seeing friends and family, running and playing football, although she’s regularly beaten by her children.