Today we’d like to introduce you to Lizzet López.
Lizzet, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I knew I wanted to be a news reporter and anchor ever since I was a little girl. After school my friends and I would produce pretend newscasts. We taped ourselves reading newspaper stories and we would even wear headphones to look like real newscasters!
During college, I got the opportunity to host local TV shows in Austin, Texas where I grew up. I also branched out into the world of commercial hosting and acting. A fun acting highlight was being a part of the cast in Miss Congeniality with Sandra Bullock.
After creating a successful career in Texas, I moved to Los Angeles. While in LA, I reported for multiple local and international news stations on Hispanic issues. But I always still had that little girl in my head who wanted to be an anchor. So I went to work in Mexico for one of the main TV stations, as an anchor for a morning newscast, then I returned to Texas to become a morning news anchor for six years, where I had the chance to cover important events, including reporting from Havana, Cuba about Fidel’s Castro death.
And when the opportunity to help launch Telemundo 20 in San Diego came, I had to be involved. I’m so proud to help lead our Spanish language newscasts weekdays at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I think everyone struggles in their career at some point, but learning how to navigate the bumps on the path to achieve your goal, while staying optimistic is key. I tell aspiring journalists that even when your dreams seem far away, obstacles make you stronger. They can be an opportunity to polish your skills, get better prepared and keep learning. My advice to anybody who wants to achieve a big dream is to never give up and keep taking action because nothing is impossible.
What should we know about From Telemundo 20 San Diego? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Telemundo 20 owns breaking news. Our first priority is informing our viewers 24/7. We are the only Spanish language station to break into programming to inform our viewers of important news on both sides of the border no matter what time of day or night. And we have the only local Doppler radar. This sets us apart from our competition as well. Our weather reporting technology tells our audience exactly which streets it’s raining at that minute.
What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
My company, NBCUniversal, believes in female leadership and I love working for a station that values MY opinion. Women have the same potential to achieve anything we want, in any field. Sometimes it feels like we have to work harder to reach our goals, but one of the many qualities women have is that we don’t give up easily and we continue moving forward.
- Website: www.Telemundo20.com
- Instagram: @Lizzetlopeztv
- Facebook: @Lizzetlopeztlmd
- Twitter: @LizzetTLMD20
- Other: download our free app: Telemundo 20 to access the news 24/7 and watch our newscast live
Lizzet Lopez, Telemundo 20