Award-winning journalist Sylvia Lopez has been reporting the news on Los Angeles television for 25 years. She currently co-anchors KCAL 9’s weekday 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. newscasts.
A Los Angeles native, Lopez has been behind the anchor desk and out on location to report on countless major local, national and international events. Her travels have taken her across the United States and to Europe and Mexico.
In 2005, she provided live reports from Cologne, Germany on Pope Benedict’s first international trip. She reported live from the Washington D.C. headquarters of President George W. Bush on election night in 2004. Her visits to Mexico have taken her from the southern border for reports on Guatemalan refugees to northern border towns for a series on drug cartels.
Lopez has been honored with numerous journalism and civic awards, including seven Emmys and a Golden Mike Award for an investigative series she wrote and produced on dangerous conditions facing helicopter pilots. She also received a regional Associated Press Award for a special on homeless children living on the streets of Skid Row. Lopez received the Imagen Award from the National Coalition of Christians and Jews for a series of reports she wrote, researched, and produced on critical issues facing Mexican Americans.
Lopez graduated from the USC School of Journalism. She began her career as an intern and “gopher” at KNXT-TV, which is now CBS 2. Her first on-air job was in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
When she is not reporting the news, Lopez spends much of her time speaking at community events. She sits on the board of Families in Schools, a non-profit organization which works to ensure that parents are involved with their children’s’ education. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters, cooking, traveling, and dancing.
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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