Tony Lopez has been a proud member of the CBS13 news team for nearly a decade, now. Hired to launch Sacramento’s only local news at 4 p.m., he continues to bring viewers their first afternoon news of the day, including breaking news at it happens.
Tony also is one of our primary reporters for our evening newscasts. His “Getting Answers: Road Tours” can be seen weekly during our 10 p.m. news. A native of Los Angeles (don’t worry, he’s not a Lakers fan), Tony has worked for stations in California, Texas and Colorado. He’s been in the business for more than 25 years.
First and foremost, Tony is a husband and father. He and his wife have been married more than 20 years, and keep busy raising a growing teenager.
When he’s not working, Tony enjoys running with his dog, coaching youth football, and just enjoying life.
Getting Answers with Tony Lopez
1. How long have you lived in Northern California? This is my second stint in Nor Cal. I was here in the early 90’s and now, for the last 7 + years. So, combined..close to a decade.
2. Where are you from originally? I’m pretty sure my Mother gave birth to me about 47 years ago in the Los Angeles area.
3. Do you have any siblings? I have more siblings than Morgan Freeman has freckles. Okay, not really, but I’m the youngest of 8!
4. iPhone or Android? I have an I-Phone.
5. What’s your favorite app? Probably my Major League Baseball App so I can watch games and highlights when I’m supposed to be reading the news on set.
6. What’s your favorite thing about working in news? I’ve always wanted to wear make-up everyday and this gives me the chance to do that and not feel really weird about it. Seriously, the job is something different everyday. It’s never boring.
7. What’s your favorite book? I like “Go Dog Go”. How’d all those dogs get on that tree?
8. What’s your favorite movie? Shawshank Redemption cuz it reminds me never to give up when life doesn’t look so good.
9. What’s your favorite TV show? Amazing Race and my wife is really mad we can’t try out for it since I work for CBS. We’d totally win..or she would totally kill me during the race. It would make for some good T.V.
10. Who is your favorite band? I’m old school: Tom Petty, Earth Wind and Fire, Johnny Cash
11. What was your favorite concert? The Wiggles were pretty good but I’d say Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
12. What’s the one thing about you that would surprise us? I’m writing a Musical/Comedy, A Sitcom Pilot, and I can play the harmonica with my nose.
13. What’s your favorite past time? Is drinking wine by my pool a past-time? If not, then going to the ballpark and watching some baseball
14. If you could drive any car – what would it be? If a Smart Car really makes people smarter, then I’d hop into one of those. If not, then probably a classic Mustang.
15. Who’s the person you most admire? Christina Anderson for her ability to sit next to me 5 days a week and not strangle me.
16. What’s your favorite quote? “Life is too short, and so am I.”
17. What’s the one place you’d like to visit that you’ve never been to before? The Amalfi Coast in Italy
18. What’s your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Maui
19. What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever overheard someone say? That’s what she said.
20. Who’s your favorite actor/actress? Jessica Rabbit
21. What’s your favorite line of dialogue from a movie? Any scene in Goodfellas
22. What do you do for exercise? Lift weights, run with my dog, yoga, kayak, anything outdoors.
23. What food could you not live without? Pasta
24. What’s your favorite Northern California attraction? My wife! J
25. Where’s the strangest/farthest place you’ve been recognized? I was recognized by a CHP officer who pulled me over after mistakenly thinking I was speeding.
26. At what age did you decide you were interested in news? I was 4 and had to stop what I was doing to watch my brother on T.V. Los Angeles.
27. What’s the world’s biggest question that you’d like to find the answer to? Why is there an expiration date on Sour Cream?
Tony’s recent stories
- Turlock Teen Who Nearly Died On Basketball Court Shares Gratitude With RescuersJake Zylstra is a quiet, tall young man who doesn’t quite remember what happened, but he does know why he’s standing.
- 75 Years Later: Before Pearl Harbor, There Was Wheeler Air FieldBefore the bombs were dropped on Pearl Harbor, they fell onto an airbase where the then-22-year-old Clower was stationed.
- Violence, Trash, Drugs Shut Down Lodi Park For A DayLodi city officials tells CBS13 a maintenance worker was threatened and feared for his safety. Following the incident and the skate park was shut down for the day.
- Roseville Police Chief Hits Streets To Connect With Community, OfficersRoseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn is heading for his office, but it’s not what you think.
- Whatever Happened to Doris Inzunza? Advocate For Sacramento Women Disappeared Nearly 20 Years AgoShe stood about five feet tall and was around 100 pounds, but she stood even taller for women looking to escape an abusive relationship. She helped establish Sacramento Survivors of Stalking.
- Who Killed Robert Vargas? A Look Inside 8 Years Of Unsolved FrustrationIt’s been more than eight years since he was gunned down in what’s been one of the most frustrating homicide cases in the county.
- Wet Fall Creating One Of The Best Seasons For Duck HuntersOn the private land in Butte County about an hour and a half from Sacramento, we followed along on a crisp November morning to get a taste of what makes duck hunting such a popular sport in Northern California.
- Post-Election PredictionsWith an exceptionally long presidential campaign wrapping up, we now look to the future, and how things could change under a Clinton or a Trump presidency.
- Proposition 57: How Will Changes Affect The State Prison System?Proposition 57 would increase parole chances for felons convicted of nonviolent crimes and give them more opportunities to earn credits for good behavior.
- Prop. 65 And 67: Will Californians Vote To Ditch Plastic Bag Ban?There are two propositions on the upcoming ballot that involve where we put our groceries.
- Prop. 63 Tightens Rules On Guns, Ammo, Increases Penalty For Gun TheftIt would require individuals who wish to purchase ammunition to first obtain a 4-year permit from the California Department of Justice.
- Proposition 61: Why Is So Much Campaign Money Going To Drug Price Measure?It would require the state to negotiate with drug companies for prices that are no more than the amounts paid for the same drugs by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Prop. 59: Nothing More Than An Opinion Poll?Proposition 59 will appear as an “advisory question” on your ballot Nov. 8. It will ask for your opinion and based on the response—will encourage lawmakers to act, but act on what?
- Prop 58: Easier Access For Bilingual Education In Public Schools?Prop. 58 would essentially open the door for easier access to bilingual education in public schools, no longer requiring English-only education for those learning English.
- Prop 55: Tax Hike Would Only Affect Top Earners, Analyst’s Office SaysProposition 55 would keep an existing income tax hike, approved by voters in 2012, on the books. It would continue the increase on taxes for any Californian earning $250,000 or more per year.
- Prop 56: Tobacco Products, Along With E-Cigs, Face Tax HikeProposition 56 would add $2 per pack of cigarettes. Right now the tax is $.87 per pack. The same $2 increase would be tacked onto other tobacco products, along with those e-cigarettes.
- Prop 52: Supporters Say It Will Help Fund Medi-Cal Without Costing TaxpayersBig money is pouring in faster than you can say “Medi-Cal” for Proposition 52. The measure would extend the Medi-Cal Hospital Fee Program in California.
- Prop 60: Who’s Pushing The Condoms In Porn Films Initiative?Proposition 60 is known as the "condoms in pornographic films initiative" and it would do just that: Require the use of condoms and other protective measures during the making of a pornographic movie.
- City Of Auburn Wants To Send Steer On Meat Market Out To PastureIt's been firmly planted high atop an auburn business for a decade: A steer statue may soon be roped down from its rooftop perch because the city says the statue is a sign and isn’t up to code.
- Running Helps Sacramento Man Cope With AutismWe caught up with John Almeda one recent morning at Sacramento’s McKinley Park. Keeping up with him isn’t easy.