Who is Olessa Stepanova?
Olessa was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 11 February 1982, so under the zodiac sign of Aquarius, and now holds both American and Uzbek nationality. She became popular and gained recognition after she started working as a traffic anchor for WCVB-TV station.
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Early life and education
Olessa spent the first eight years of her life in Tashkent and then moved with her parents, grandparents, and brother to the US – it wasn’t easy for her to adjust to a new place and it took some time before she could feel as home. They initially lived in Queens in New York City, but moved to Long Island in 1998.
Olessa did not go out as much as her peers, but rather spent her time at home watching the news – she was always looking forward to hearing what was going on in the country and in the world, and therefore her interest in news reporting grew as the time went by. She studied at the Plainview-Old Bethpage J.F.K high school and after she matriculated with great grades won a scholarship to Long Island University, which she accepted, and four years later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism, she once again with grades that marked her as one of the best students. During her time at university, she integrated herself into the community of students, and also became a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.
As with most people in the US, as soon as she got her degree Olessa began searching for a job which would be perfect for her. She first found the job of a journalist for News12 Traffic and Weather, and saw it as a good way to start her career and gain some experience. She was soon promoted and became a member of the Night Broadcast News Traffic Team, and worked as an on-air correspondent for all five districts in New York City and Westchester.
After a while Olessa became bored and wanted to progress – it seemed to her that her career had stagnated. She began applying for jobs at other news channels, but it seems that News12 didn’t want to lose her, and therefore gave her an opportunity to do more – she moved to News12 Long Island, made changes to the studio as soon as she got there, and went on to fly in helicopters and report live about traffic updates – she was working for both NY1 and News12 channels at that time.
Even though things were looking good for her, she still wanted a change, and therefore moved to Hartford in Connecticut and began working with station WFSB-TV. This was a major change as she became a morning activity journalist on the station’s “News This Morning” program, while she also occasionally appearing in the “Better Connecticut” show.
In January 2014, Olessa became part of the WCVB-TV station as their traffic reporter for News Center 5’s EyeOpener broadcast. WCVB chose Olessa for the place months before she began working for them, but they had to wait for the New Year because she had a contract with her current employer. She is still working with the same team after five years there and can be seen in shows on Saturday and Sunday’s mornings alongside anchors Randy Price and Emily Riemer, and the channel’s meteorologist Cindy Fitzgibbon.
— Olessa Stepanova (@OlessaNBCBoston) October 5, 2018
WCVB-TV channel 5 is one of many ABC-affiliated TV stations, and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The owner of the station is Hearst Television which is a part of Hearst Communications – the studio and the transmitter facilities of the station are located at separate locations in Needham, Massachusetts.
There are six TV stations in Boston which are using the satellite provider Bell TV and the fiber optic TV provider Bell Fibe TV based in Canada and WCVB is one of them. The station aired its first show 47 years ago on 19 March 1972, and goes by the slogan ‘Boston’s News Leader’.
Personal life and likes
There is not much known about Olessa’s personal life as she prefers to keep these things to herself, but she’s a married woman – she got engaged in 2015 and married Joe in February 2016. The video of the proposal can be seen on WCVB Boston channel on Yahoo, as they played the video once during the show to celebrate Olessa’s engagement. The couple are parents to a baby boy they named Anthony but his exact date of birth is not known – he has blue hair and eyes.
There is not much known about Olessa’s interests, other than the fact that she loves cooking and is very good at it, loves animals, and is a huge football fan.
Olessa is a supporter of the Ellie Fund, an organization focused on providing support services to women suffering from breast cancer – their main goal is to ease the stresses they experience every day and in that way allow them to focus on their families, their recovery and healing, and to stay positive about their fight with cancer. Olessa supports the cause together with Katie Thompson, Emily Riemer, and Kelly Ann Cicalese.
Olessa’s morning routine
Olessa usually goes to bed before 10:30 p.m. and needs to set four to five alarms so that she could get up at three o’clock in the morning. She doesn’t drink coffee with sugar early in the morning as most of the people do – she rather only takes the sugar in the form of several chocolate bars. She has a full wardrobe of clothes but still can’t find what to wear, and says how she has to go shopping, but which she hates doing. She gets to the station and is usually ready to go live just moments before she is about to appear on your TV screens.
Appearance and net worth
Olessa is currently 37 years old. She has medium long dark brown hair, hazel eyes, but her height and weight are not known.
According to authoritative sources, Olessa’s current net worth is estimated to be close to $1 million, but is very likely to rise as she is still active and is becoming a popular traffic reporter.
Social media presence
Olessa is quite active on both Instagram and Twitter – she launched her Twitter account in May 2009 and has so far gathered nearly 11,000 followers and tweeted more than 18,000 times. Her Instagram account is followed by over 2,500 people while she’s posted around 210 pictures – her account is set on private as she mostly uses it for her family – you will have to follow her if you want to see the pictures which she has shared.
Olessa’s brother Eric proposed to his long-term girlfriend live on the “Better Connecticut” show – Olessa was there as well as their parents, and of course Eric’s girlfriend said ‘Yes’.