American journalist/news anchor Lynda Lopez, the younger sister of famous actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, began her career on radio in Long Island with such stations as WLIR, WBAB, WKTU and once served as Assistant Program Director and Music Director at WXXP Party 105 before hitting the small screen as VJ for VHI in the late 1990s to early 2000s. Since the debut, Lopez, who was named in the “Who’s Who Among American Hispanics” in 1993, has taken various jobs like a morning news entertainment reporter on NYC’s WPIX, host of “Glow” and correspondent for “E! News Daily,” but did not become a news-anchor until 2004, when she worked for the WCBS weekend morning program. She was the weekend co-anchor on WWOR-TV’s “My 9 Weekend News at 10” in July 2006 and the newsreader on WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York” from March 2007 to the fall of 2007.
Lopez, who appeared as a fiesta dancer on the 1997 movie “Dead Tides,” received an Emmy Award in 2001 in the category of Outstanding Morning News Program.
Lopez was once romantically involved with New York DJ Chris Booker.
The Bronx Girl
Childhood and Family:
Lynda Lopez Rodriguez was born on June 14, 1971, in the Bronx, New York City, New York. Both of her parents are from Puerto Rico. Her mother, Guadalupe Rodríguez, was a kindergarten teacher, and her father, David Lopez, was a computer whiz. She has two sisters, Leslie and Jennifer Lopez.
Growing up in the Bronx, Lynda earned her primary and secondary there. After graduating from Preston High School in 1991, she moved to Long Island to attend the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University. She majored in Broadcasting and Communications.
From Radio to TV
Relocating to Long Island for college, the Bronx native Lynda Lopez kicked off her broadcasting career on radio at WLIR and WBAB in Long Island. She moved on to become Assistant Program Director and Music Director at Long Island’s WXXP Party 105. Besides, her voice could be heard as a DJ at WKTU during the 10PM to 2AM timeslot.
After radio, Lopez branched out to television. Along with Kane and Rebecca Rankin, she briefly became a VJ for VH1 during the late 1990s and early 2000s. It was in 2000 that she had the opportunity to interview her older sister, actress/singer Jennifer Lopez, in a special in which the younger Lopez served as host. In the show, they talked about their childhood as well as J-Lo’s mounting music career. Several of J-Lo’s music videos were also played, including the then-newest clip “Feelin’ So Good,” which had its premiere on the special. In the meantime, Lopez also worked for WPIX, the WB11 in New York City, as the morning news entertainment reporter.
2002 saw Lopez co-host a television program called “Dare to Dream: A Concert for Hope. Also in that same year, she hosted Style Network’s “Glow,” a cable TV show coping with women’s beauty topics, as well as was an entertainment reporter for two New York City-based stations, WNBC-TV and Spanish-language WNJU.
In the following year, Lopez could be seen as correspondent for “E! News Daily.” Collaborating with the-then lover Chris Booker, a New York disc jockey, she also became a DJ for WNEW-FM, and after her show was slumped, she moved to WCBS-TV to became a part-time correspondent. Joining the station in October 2003, Lopez had been appointed anchor of WCBS’ weekend morning show by October 2004. It marked her debut as a news-anchor. Lopez departed WCBS-TV in June 2006.
Next up for Lopez, she was hired as the weekend co-anchor on the News Corp-owned WWOR-TV’s “My 9 Weekend News at 10,” along with Mike Gilliam. The twosome replaced Cathleen Trigg and Rolland Smith, who made their last appearance on the show on July 23, 2006. Six days later, the new couple made their on air debut.
In March 2007, Lopez became anchor of channel 9’s sister station, Fox 5, and later became co-anchor (with Reid Lamberty) for the 5an hour and 11am hour on Fox 5. Also in that same month, she started her tenure as the newsreader on WNYW-TV’s “Good Day New York,” but was taken out of the show in the fall of 2007. Christina Park, a one-time CNN Headline News anchor, replaced her on the show. Emmy-winning Lopez then returned to MY9 WWOR as the weekend anchor.
Emmy: Outstanding Morning News Program, 2001