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
- New Placer County SPCA Building Just $100,000 Away From RealityThe old building in Roseville is as tired-looking as an older dog that just ran a mile. The kennels are rusty, office space is skimpy and the roof leaks.
- 35 Years Later, New Clues May Solve Keddie Murder MysteryThe three were tied up, bludgeoned and stabbed to death. Sue’s 12-year-old daughter Tina was taken from the cabin, but her decomposed remains wouldn’t be found for another three years.
- Man In Capitol Standoff Wanted To Bring Attention To ConspiracyA man who blocked a street by the California Capitol is speaking out about what he calls a “spontaneous decision,” and the conspiracy he believes is stacked against him because of his religious beliefs.
- Pilots Help Auburn Boy Battling Rare Disease Reach For SkiesBailey Sear is battling a rare mitochondrial disorder that’s attacking cells in his body, sapping his energy and potentially shutting down his organs in the future.
- Lessons On The Lawn: Playing Proper Croquet In NapaIt's one of the oldest sports around and it's rare to get a lesson on how the game was meant to be played.
- Ex-Assembly Speaker’s Son To Be Released After 7 Years Of Manslaughter SentenceA man convicted of manslaughter who is the son of a former California Assembly speaker is about to be set free from priso
- Folsom Police Officer’s Stop Leaves Big Impression On BoysMom thought about taking video of the officer shooting hoops in full uniform with her boys, but she didn’t want to ruin the moment.
- Whitney High Broadcasting Program Named Best In The NationThe hard work has paid off big time, as Whitney High School’s broadcasting program was recently named the best in the nation.
- April 3, 1996: The Day The Unabomber’s Reign Of Terror EndedTheodore Kaczynski injured 24 people and killed three people, including two in Sacramento. For decades he was one of the most wanted criminals in the United States.
- Downtown Arena Bringing March Madness Back To Sacramento In 2017As March Madness gets underway this week, there is an extra layer of excitement in Sacramento.
- Technology Gives Plastic Surgery Patients A Better Idea Of How Their Nip And Tuck Will LookThe click and peak of what his nip and tuck should look like comes before work on a 30-year-old woman who wants her nose and chin done.
- Fairfield An Exception In A Year Where Crime Went Up Across RegionA list of crime stats for local cities shows where crime is getting worse, but there’s green in one city—Fairfield. From 2014 to 2015, home burglaries, robberies and overall property crime are down.
- Why Is An Interchange Being Built On Highway 65?To understand why it’s going up, we need to take a step back to the growing Whitney Ranch neighborhood in Rocklin. It’s being built for them and anyone else who needs an easier way to get across Highway 65 into what will be a bustling new commercial district.
- Prison Realignment Just A Part Of Roseville Crime Rise Following Years Of DeclineRoseville Police Chief Daniel Hahn says it’s troubling to see the numbers go up across the board, considering crime in the area had been going down for years.
- Families Left Waiting After Colusa County Rejects Housing ProgramIt’s called self-help housing and it’s planned for the well-kept, but underdeveloped neighborhood. Working families like the Onelias who can’t afford a down payment are given a shot at home ownership.
- Caltrans Waiting On Rain To Stop Before Finishing Raise 80 ProjectCaltrans says the work on the Horseshoe Bar Overcrossing is close to being finished, but they need two straight weeks of dry weather to finish the concrete paving.
- Getting Answers Road Tour: Old Town AuburnThere are few things older in Old Town Auburn than its post office right smack on the corner through the main drag along Lincoln Way.
- Final Fixes For Rough Road In Placer County Could Be Coming SoonWith the wind at his back and the sun shining bright, it couldn’t be a better day to ride for CBS13 viewer Stan Watson.
- Fight Over Fuel: What’s Really Going On With The Curtis Park Village Project?Picture this: a Safeway gas station along the back corner of a now empty 72-acre lot just off Sutterville Road in Sacramento.
- With Super Bowl Over, Ditching Alcohol Could Be Healthy Prelude To SpringAt the opposite end of boozing it up is something called dry January, what more and more people are doing leading up to the Super Bowl and after all that holiday cheer. They're not drinking alcohol for an entire month, or longer.