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 State Science Center Finally Sees GroundbreakingOfficials broke ground on the $90 million complex Monday on a campus that hasn’t seen a new education building go up in 17 years.
- Getting Answers Road Tour: What’s Up With The Parking Problems At Sacramento State?Parking is on the minds of Sacramento State students these days. Or shall we say, the lack of parking.
- Granite Bay Students Launch Coin Drive To Help Kids Hit By Hurricane HarveyOakhills Elementary School in Granite Bay began a Coin Drive once they saw a school in Katy, Texas that was devastated by the storm.
- New Stockton Animal Shelter X-Ray Machine Will Help Animals, Bottom LineSick or injured dogs and cats in Stockton are wagging their tails a bit faster and purring a little louder these days.
- Indy Car Drivers Test Skill On California Highway Patrol TrackSome heavy-duty star-power came to the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento on Wednesday.
- Autistic Teen’s Musical Talent On Display At Sacramento Fashion ShowMark Arellano has never taken a piano lesson. He hasn't read a book of music or had the luxury of having a teacher show him how to play.
- Travis Air Force Base Part Of Caribbean Response To Hurricane IrmaA 3 a.m. departure onboard a C-17 Globemaster was quickly on their agenda. They were headed out to help victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean.
- First Hugo, Now Irma: Veterinarian Trapped By Major Hurricane, AgainIt’s déjà vu for an Orangevale veterinarian who finds herself stuck in Puerto Rico again during a major hurricane.
- Getting Answers: Why Are There ‘Ghost Trees’ Between Dixon And Napa?Ronnie Pratt wants to know why some trees along her drive from Dixon to Napa look white in color. She calls them “Ghost Trees.”
- Pollock Pines Woman Was Near Barcelona Terror AttackDarby Flynn from Pollock Pines tells us she was just 2 blocks away from the carnage in Barcelona.
- Elk Grove Train Crossing Has Hidden Danger For BicyclistsA viewer pointed us toward what's proven to be a rough ride on a busy stretch of Elk Grove Boulevard
- Congressman Rips President Trump’s ‘Fire And Fury’ Toward North KoreaRep. John Garamendi recently traveled to South Korea and serves on the House Armed Services Committee.
- 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.