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
- 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."
- Warming Weather Rapidly Melting Massive Sierra Snowpack, Prompting Flood RiskWith the deepest snowpack the region has seen in May in nearly 20 years and temperatures feeling more like early summer than spring, the Sierra snow has no place to go but downstream.
- Students Get Firsthand Lesson On What It’s Like To Live With DisabilityThe organization putting on this program, A Touch of Understanding, brings volunteers who are disabled—face to face with the students.
- Businessman Says Doubling California’s Legislators Would Save State MoneyJohn Cox, the man behind the idea got the go-ahead on Monday to start collecting signatures to get the measure on the ballot. The Republican is also planning a 2018 run for governor. He says this issue transcends politics.
- Mom Desperate To Find Sacramento Woman’s Body 12 Years After She Went MissingThe mother of Christie Wilson, a young Sacramento woman murdered more nearly 12 years ago, has reached an emotional turning point in the grieving process.
- Mother’s Quest For Answers In Daughter’s Murder Continues More Than A Decade LaterThe mother of a murdered Sacramento woman has made it her mission to keep her daughter’s memory alive.
- Commercial Marijuana Growers Buying Up Space In Sacramento At Unprecedented RateIt's only fitting the grass grows wild – and the weeds reach for the sun – in this mostly industrial south Sacramento neighborhood considered by real estate experts to be one of the hot zones for commercial marijuana "grows.”
- 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.