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
- More Than Cell Phones: Lost And Found At The California State FairWe’ve shown you the rides, the food, and the fun at this year’s California State Fair but we haven’t shown you this room.
- Yellowjackets On The Rise In Sacramento CountyIf you think you’re seeing more yellowjackets buzzing around these days in Sacramento County—you aren’t mistaken.
- 3 Years Later, Caltrans Facing Costly Redo Of Pioneer Bridge PavingThe cost of the project done in 2014 was $6.6 million. This time the price tag has jumped to $25 million.
- What Is The Story Behind Mosaic Markers In Midtown Sacramento?There’s one at 28th and T streets and down the road a bit on 34th near Stockton.
- Alzheimer’s Association Urges Medic-Alert Signups To Help Loved OnesIn the last month alone, three people in the Sacramento-area, all suffering from dementia have wandered off.
- Getting Answers: Highway 99 Trash And A Stockton Road ClosureViewer Deborah Marcum-Carr emailed us to ask who’s responsible for all the trash she sees on her drive from Lodi to Elk Grove along Highway 99.
- West Sacramento Considering Driverless Shuttle BusesCity officials are looking at the slow-moving vehicle as one possible way to help transport people to destinations along the riverfront.
- New Sacramento Police Chief Returning To Where He StartedThe city announced it's hiring Roseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn to take the reins of the department.
- Across The Top Is Done, So Why Is Caltrans Still Working On Interstate 80?Caltrans tells us the work was planned all along and is “within the scope of the project and not corrective work.”
- Rio Vista Man Stormed The Beaches Of Normandy In D-Day InvasionHank Tussy was 19 when he stormed the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Hank quickly realized this would be a mission of survival.
- California Governor Praises Donald Trump For Raising Climate Change AwarenessGov. Jerry Brown leaves on Friday for a three-city trip to China to continue his push for a global clean energy initiative.
- Raley Field Unveils First Live Vineyard At Pro Baseball StadiumThe vineyard was unveiled today in a ceremony at Raley Field. It’s located deep over the right field fence, above the grassy area.
- Female Inmates Graduate With A Head Start On Possible Future CareersThey graduated from a special program that awards them certificates in construction, carpentry, computer and architectural drafting.
- Sacramento Teen Gifted Thrift Shop Along BroadwayLaFonzo Ross didn’t win it in a contest or inherit it from a loved one. He earned it with hard work and persistence.
- Two Years Later, Baby And Mom Injured in DUI Crash Make Remarkable RecoveryDanielle Larude and her then-8-day old baby, Amai, were hit by a drunk driver in Natomas in December of 2014. It's been a long road to recovery.
- Teens’ Daredevil Stunt Prompts Review Of Golden Gate Bridge SecurityThe video went viral and caught the attention of Homeland Security, which has cameras and motion detectors set-up around and on the bridge.
- Getting Answers Road Tour: Downtown Sacramento EditionAnother question takes us to a downtown eyesore. The old Hotel Marshall is supposed to become an upscale hip hotel. That’s still the plan but it’s taking a while to gut the inside.
- Running Opens New Paths For Sacramento Autistic ManJohn Almeda’s world has opened up and we’ve been proud to be along for his journey.
- FBI Director James Comey Fired Amid Russia InvestigationLeading Democrats immediately began to cry foul. Many are calling for a special investigation into the reasons and the timing of the firing.
- Joe Montana Sues High-Rise Developer Over San Francisco’s Sinking TowerYou can count legendary 49ers quarterback Joe Montana among those in San Francisco having a “sinking feeling."