Lolita Lopez

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Lolita Lopez joined the Emmy Award-winning PIX News team as a general assignment reporter in May 2001, and was appointed Weekend Sports Anchor in 2005.  In 2011, Lolita returned to her news roots and has returned to reporting.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, Lolita moved to Houston, TX at age 4 when her father became the women's track coach at Rice University. Her parents have always been an inspiration for Lolita with her father, now in Puerto Rico, continuing to work in the track and field world as the president of the CAC, an organization in charge of the sport for Central America and the Caribbean. He is also involved in the Olympics and is on the technical committee for the IAAF (the international body of track and field). He is the main motivation for Lolita's extensive athletic background, which includes being named National Champion in the high jump for Puerto Rico in 1995.

A lifelong sports fan, Lolita graduated from Harvard University in 1998 and participated in volleyball and track and field all four years. She was co-captain of the volleyball team her junior and senior years, only the second person in Harvard's history to do so. Although she majored in Government at Harvard, Lolita always knew she wanted to get involved in television after years of "hosting" birthdays and family events in front of her home video camera.

A series of college internships at KRIV-TV in Houston and NECN in Boston allowed Lolita to land her first job in Harlingen, TX at KGBT-TV (1998), where she worked as a general assignment reporter focusing on immigration and border issues in South Texas and Mexico. In 2000, Lolita was hired by Court TV in NYC as one of only two reporters on the show "Pros & Cons" (with host Nancy Grace), an issue-oriented legal program. While at Court TV, she covered many controversial cases, including the parole hearing of John Lennon's murderer.

In 2001, Lolita arrived at WPIX-TV as a general assignment reporter, where she has covered everything from the Mayor's press briefing to the Tribeca Film Festival, and in 2005 she was named Weekend Sports Anchor, a perfect compliment to her background and knowledge of sports. That year, Lolita served as the Mets baseball correspondent, covering Mets home games as an on-field reporter for games broadcast on PIX. It was there that Lolita met Tom Seaver, former Mets pitcher, who introduced Lolita to the game of golf, making her swing her first club (on camera!) and she has been motivated to play ever since.

LIST OF AWARDS AND HONORS:

IVY @ 50
In 2006, Lolita was profiled for the Ivy League Women in Sports which honors 50 years of formal Ivy League competition and women athletes.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS AND SCIENCES (NATAS) EMMY AWARDS
2009: Best Sports Feature: The Brad Hennefer Story (Lolita Lopez, reporter and Caroline Kovach, producer) 2005: Best Live Sports Coverage (Team)

NEW YORK STATE BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION AWARDS
2006: Outstanding Locally Produced TV Show "The Team?The Time?The Mets" (Producer and host) 2003: Best Feature Story "Survival School"

NEW YORK STATE ASSOCIATED PRESS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION
2007: First Place: Best Sports Coverage "Steroids"- Lolita Lopez, Caroline Kovach

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