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Christina Lopez

Christina Lopez is a freelance reporter based in Bakersfield. She contributes reports to Valley Public Radio. 

Christina is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and college educator. She currently works for Bakersfield College and California State University at Bakersfield as an adjunct journalism faculty member. She is also Valley Public Radio's freelance corespondent reporting exclusively for the Kern County region. 

Christina earned her master's degree in Journalism from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. Shortly after graduation, she accepted a position as a Disney ABC News Fellow in New York City. The year-long program offered Christina a unique tour of duty inside one of the industry's leading news organizations, where she rotated between various programs within the news division. She began as an overnight producer for Good Morning America. Although she thrived off the adrenaline morning television provided, she looked forward to working within other aspects of ABC News. As a digital reporter for ABC News Digital, Christina earned her first Edward R. Murrow award for her coverage of volunteers rebuilding a neighborhood in Far Rockaway in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Her time as a fellow concluded when she produced long-form stories for both 20/20 including the week-long manhunt for the Boston Bomber as well reports for Nightline.

Soon after, Christina was offered a full-time staff position with 20/20 as an associate producer. It was a full circle moment for the small-town girl from the San Joaquin Valley because she had grown up watching the veteran news program with her family.

Christina has worked as a reporter, anchor, and producer in local television news. Her career has also included work with NBC Nightly News in New York. She was also a production assistant and writer for KUSI-TV in San Diego as well as a newspaper reporter for The North County Times, now The San Diego Union-Tribune. Christina earned her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Point Loma Nazarene University. 

Christina Lopez / KVPR

Tuesday marks six days since a 19-year-old man walked onto a South Florida high school campus, opened fire, and murdered 17 people. Many students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have spoken out for stricter gun laws. Now students in Kern County are doing the same. On Monday afternoon, students from Bakersfield High School organized a rally in southwest Bakersfield in support of gun safety on high school campuses. FM 89’s Christina Lopez brings us this story.

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Millions around the country and world made their voices heard this weekend during the second annual Women’s March. Homemade signs for women’s rights, equality for all, and support for immigrants were raised in Bakersfield -- an unlikely scene in the heart of conversative Kern County, which voted majority Republican during the 2016 election. FM89’s Christina Lopez attended the first annual Women’s March in Kern County this past Saturday, exactly one year since President Trump was sworn into office, and shares this report.

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High school seniors from across the country are checking their email inboxes this month, eagerly awaiting acceptance letters from colleges and universities. It can be an exciting and stressful time for anyone. But here in the valley, one group of students is ready. FM89’s Christina Lopez reports on one local program that is celebrating 25 years of helping make college dreams a reality.