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
- 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.
- Fragile X Syndrome Research Points To Zoloft As Possible Autism TreatmentProfessor Randi Hagerman is leading research into children with Fragile X Syndrome, a genetic condition that causes developmental problem, including autism.
- Developer At Center Of Curtis Park Lawsuit Pulls North Sacramento Grocery Store PlanA developer at the center of a lawsuit against the city of Sacramento over a grocery store project has pulled plans for a different grocery store in North Sacramento over questions how the city charges fees.
- Sacramento, Yolo Counties Publicizing Names Of Early Release PrisonersYolo County has joined Sacramento County in combating the impact of the State’s Early Prisoner Release Program.
- Placer County Cities Join Firefighting ForcesRocklin and Lincoln will now share one larger fire department.
- Police: Capitol Protest Violence Broke Out Quickly With Little TalkA group determined to keep the neo-Nazi protesters off of state Capitol grounds went after the demonstrators, and the first stabbing happened within minutes of the initial confrontation.
- Authorities Renew Search For East Area RapistHe's been called one of the most prolific criminals in our state's history, striking first in Sacramento.
- Bernie Sanders, Angelique Ashby Fall Short With Sacramento VotersBernie Sanders’ recent swing through the Sacramento area wasn’t a swing and a miss to his supporters, but he did strike out with local voters who were on the fence.
- More Accidents In Interstate 80 Project Bring Concern For Memorial Day WeekendSince the start of the year, there have been 97 crashes along the westbound stretch of the Across The Top Project, at a rate of nearly 20 accidents a month.
- Folsom Prison Inmates Find Calm In Crocheting Gifts For Those In NeedAt Folsom Prison, many doing life sentences are making their lives behind bars worthwhile in a most unusual way.
- Reverse Osmosis Provides Drought-Friendly Way To Clean PoolsCalifornia’s lingering drought is forcing local homeowners to get creative when it comes to keeping water in their swimming pools fresh and clean.
- California Duck Hunting Season Looks Promising With Wet WeatherIt could be one of the best seasons ever for duck and geese hunting in Northern California.