Veteran news anchor and award-winning journalist Sylvia Lopez has been reporting the news in Southern California for 29 years – 27 of those for CBS2 and KCAL9.
As co-anchor of the KCAL9 News at 9 p.m. for 15 years, Lopez is a familiar face for viewers who’ve made the prime time newscast the station’s top-rated show for years. She also anchors KCAL9 News at 4 p.m.
A Los Angeles native, Lopez has reported behind the anchor desk and on location around the world at major international news events, from presidential elections in Washington D.C., to the election of Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City. Her journalistic pursuits have taken her from refugee camps on the southern border of Mexico, to the open pastures of Cologne, Germany for the celebration of World Youth Day.
On the scene of local breaking news, Lopez has covered some of Southern California’s most compelling news stories, including the L.A. Riots and Northridge Earthquake. She was on the anchor desk for KCAL’s award-winning coverage of the deadly North Hollywood Bank Shootout.
For her work, Lopez has been honored with awards including several Emmys and Golden Mikes. The Associated Press TV and Radio Association gave special recognition to her reports on homeless children living on Skid Row. She received the Imagen Award from the National Coalition of Christians and Jews for a series of reports on the growing economic and political power of L.A.’s Mexican American community. Lopez produced and reported a series chronicling the struggles of several patients awaiting life-saving organ transplants which won an Emmy. Most recently, she received a Golden Mike Award for a story on a local big band orchestra with veteran members still playing into their 90s.
Lopez is a graduate of the USC School of Journalism.
She started out as an intern CBS2 when she was still in college, and was quickly hired to research a special on Central America. She left to take a job as a reporter in Santa Fe, New Mexico, returning three years later to report at CBS2. In 1992, Lopez left once again to become the weekend anchor of KCAL9, but when CBS bought KCAL in 2001, she returned “home.”
Moments after the world was introduced to the new pontiff, LA Cardinal Roger Mahony spoke to CBS2’s Sylvia Lopez exclusively about the selection process and what the first Latin American pope will mean to the church.
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