Dave Lopez

dave lopez headshot 2010 Dave LopezAward-winning journalist Dave Lopez is the Orange County Correspondent and a General Assignment Reporter for CBS 2 News.

Lopez joined CBS 2 in 1977 as a General Assignment Reporter, and within a year became the station’s Orange County Correspondent. In addition to his regular duties, he serves as substitute sports anchor for CBS 2 News.

With a total of 30 years in the TV news industry, 25 of those years at CBS 2, he has covered every major breaking event in Los Angeles. The Orange County Register named Lopez, “The ‘Star’ TV reporter in Orange County.”

Lopez covers both news and features within the region, frequently breaking exclusive stories. Lopez reported extensively on the Nicole Brown/Ronald Goldman murders and subsequent O.J. Simpson trial for CBS 2 and most recently the San Diego kidnap-murder case of David Westerfield.

Throughout his career, Dave Lopez has received numerous journalism awards for his work. He has won eight Emmy Awards and has received a total of 15 nominations by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Lopez has received seven Golden Mike Awards, three Associated Press Awards, and a recognition by the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

Lopez was involved with CBS 2 News’ Emmy Award-winning coverage of the 1994 Northridge Earthquake. He was also part of the CBS 2 News team presented with an Associated Press award for live coverage of the Redondo Pier fire in 1988. Lopez was also involved with the CBS 2 coverage of the October 1987 earthquake, which won an Emmy, a Golden Mike, a Los Angeles Press Club and an Associated Press Award.

Prior to joining CBS 2 in 1977, Lopez was a general assignment reporter, weekend anchor and sports reporter at KFMB-TV, San Diego. Previously, he had been a general assignment and sports reporter at KHJ-TV, Los Angeles, also producing that station’s sports specials.

Lopez was a sports writer at the Huntington Park Daily Signal newspaper before making the move into television.

Lopez attended East Los Angeles College and graduated from California State University in Los Angeles with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. He has two grown children and lives in Long Beach.

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Mayor Villaraigosa Responds To Report That He’s Broke

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Friday responded to a L.A. Weekly article that claimed he was financially broke.

05/24/2013

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Compton Girl Found Guilty Of 2011 Murders Of Her Mother, Stepdad

A jury Friday found a Compton teen guilty of the 2011 murders of her mother and stepfather.

05/10/2013

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Trial Begins For Reputed Gang Member Accused In Halloween Murder Of Boy, 5

Trial has begun for a reputed gang member accused of gunning down a 5-year-old boy as he played in his South Los Angeles backyard on Halloween day in 2010.

03/15/2013

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Lawmaker: Scam Artists Preying On Elderly Chinese-Americans With ‘Bogus Rituals’

Authorities Friday issued a warning regarding a scam targeting elderly Chinese-Americans in Los Angeles.

02/01/2013

Samantha Barnhart (center) was among 40 graduates of the LAPD Academy Class 8-12. The officers graduated on Jan. 25, 2013. (credit: CBS)

23-Year-Old Follows In Father’s Footsteps, Graduates From LAPD Academy

Following in her father’s footsteps, a 23-year-old woman Friday was among 40 graduates of the Los Angeles Police Department Academy Class 8-12.

01/25/2013

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Memorial Grows For 14-Year-Old Girl Gunned Down On Fourth Of July

The memorial continued to grow on Friday for 14-year-old Unique Russell who was gunned down while attending her family’s annual Fourth of July celebration in South Los Angeles.

07/06/2012

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Police In Rampart Division Warn Of Spike In Thefts, Auto-Related Crimes

Los Angeles police with the Rampart Division held a press conference Thursday to raise awareness of a spike in burglary and thefts from vehicles in the area.

05/24/2012

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A Year Later, How Does City Of Bell Fare?

The city of Bell is still having a tough time getting back on track almost a year after the salary scandal involving Robert Rizzo and seven others erupted.

07/19/2011

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McCourt Makes Unusual Call To Fan, Judge Denies Request

A bankruptcy judge Thursday ruled that Major League Baseball does not have to turn over a number of documents to the Dodgers or make baseball commissioner Bud Selig available for a deposition.

07/07/2011

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New Evidence Surfaces In Dodger Stadium Beating Case

More evidence surfaced Wednesday suggesting that beating victim Bryan Stow encountered trouble with other fans inside Dodger Stadium prior to being beaten in the parking lot.

06/29/2011

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