Bob Opsahl


I have been a member of the Eyewitness News Team since joining WFTV in 1978 as a general assignment reporter.

In 1980, I started anchoring on the weekends and in the decades since I've co-anchored the early evening and late evening newscasts. Currently, I co-anchor the 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts.

I was born in Minneapolis and grew up in an Air Force family, settling in central Florida in 1968. 

While serving a four-year hitch in the U.S. Navy, I became interested in broadcasting, so I took advantage of the G.I. Bill and went back to college.

In 1976, I graduated from the University of Central Florida, majoring in Radio and Television Communications.

About 16 years later, UCF selected me for their Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Many people remember a weekly feature I started doing in 1982. It was called Wednesday's Child, and its goal was to find adoptive homes for special needs children. In the 25 years it ran, we helped more than 500 children find adoptive homes.

I enjoy staying fit by playing tennis and golf and working in the yard.