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Welcome to Los Angeles, Lolita Lopez

FishbowlNY’s Jerry Barmash spoke exclusively to anchor Lolita Lopez, who starts Monday as a general assignment reporter for NBC4:

Once KNBC offered Lopez a full-time reporter position, she discussed it with her husband and young daughter, but was a no brainer.

“Let’s do it,” Lopez recalls. “I’m 35, still relatively young… I just thought it was a good opportunity if I was going to try something new and completely different to do it now.”

In the end, Lopez and KNBC had a marriage, but not before feelers went out to many other stations, including several in New York. Lopez also had possible opportunities at networks.

“When I sat down and thought of what I wanted to do, I liked the fact of being in a city,” Lopez says. “I like what I was able to do in New York, I hope, which was be a part of the city.”

Being part of the city for Lopez means meeting people and becoming involved in community organizations.

While the move to California felt right for Lopez, it was still a difficult decision. Her seven-year-old grew up while Lopez was on the air at WPIX, while her husband was a photographer/satellite truck operator at WCBS/Channel 2.

“We had to weigh all of those things in very heavily,” Lopez says. “But we both know that it was a good opportunity for both of us in our careers.”

Best of luck to Lopez as she begins the latest chapter of her career in Los Angeles. Head over to FishbowlNY to read Barmash’s entire piece on Lopez.

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