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.