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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. 

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The Arvin City Council is scheduled to vote on a new oil and gas ordinance tonight finalizing the decision whether the city adopts new regulations making it more challenging for oil and gas companies to operate near the city’s schools, parks, and neighborhoods. Reporter Christina Lopez has more details on the future of the oil and gas industry in Arvin.

The city of Arvin is embraced by its residents as the “garden in the sun” -- but today that garden is surrounded by at least a dozen active oil and gas wells currently drilling near schools, parks, and homes.

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People in cities across the country marched and rallied over the weekend against separation of families at U.S. borders. On Saturday, nearly one thousand individuals participated in the Families Belong Together march and rally in Downtown Bakersfield.

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On the outskirts of Kern County lies the community of Lamont. It is an unincorporated area 10 miles southeast of Bakersfield home to over 15,000 people. This corner of the county is made up of migrant farm workers, small business owners, and immigrant families, majority Hispanic. 

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On June 5, Kern voters will put their voices where their ballots are and either decide to reelect incumbent Sheriff Donny Youngblood for a fourth term or award the duty to Justin Fleeman, a Senior Chief Deputy for the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. FM 89’s Christina Lopez reports.

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This weekend’s historic "March for Our Lives" rally saw hundreds of thousands of students gather from coast-to-coast and across the world in solidarity with students whose lives were cut short due to gun violence in their schools. This weekend, students from high schools across Kern County participated in Saturday’s rally that drew over 500 in attendance in west Bakersfield. FM 89’s Christina Lopez reports.

Hundreds of students from across Kern County high schools gathered along Truxtun Avenue for the March for Our Lives rally in Bakersfield.

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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.