Gerardo Lopez Named VP-News Director At WBZ-WSBK Boston

CBS News and Stations choses the former news director of WTKR and WGNT, the E.W. Scripps-owned CBS and CW affiliates in Norfolk, Va., to take over journalism at the duopoly.

Veteran local news executive and award-winning journalist Gerardo Lopez has been named vice president and news director at CBS News and Stations’ WBZ (CBS) and WSBK (MyNetworkTV) Boston as well as the CBS News Boston streaming channel and He will assume his new role on Aug. 15.

Lopez will be joining after serving as the news director at WTKR and WGNT, the E.W. Scripps-owned CBS and CW affiliates in Norfolk, Va. Previously, he was the news director at KJRH, the Scripps-owned NBC affiliate in Tulsa, Okla.

Earlier in his career, Lopez worked for KTVT Dallas-Fort Worth, as the station’s nightside assignment editor. He began his news career as an assignment editor at KEYE in his hometown of Austin, Texas, in the late 1990s, when the station was acquired by CBS.

Justin Draper, president and general manager of CBS News and Stations’ Boston properties, said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Gerardo back to the CBS Stations family. As I have gotten to know Gerardo during the past few weeks, it’s clear that he possesses a lot of great experience from working in several of the top local newsrooms in the country. His vision and values align with everything WBZ News stands for. I am excited to have him join us next month and work with our team to help us serve our viewers across our broadcast, streaming and digital platforms.”

“While Gerardo and I have never worked together, I have followed his career path for several years and have long considered him to be a strong leader in the local news business,” said Adrienne Roark, president, CBS Stations. “I am a fan of his passion for seeking the truth, holding the powerful accountable and effecting change.”

Lopez’s news background also includes positions with stations in Denver, Seattle, Houston and San Antonio.


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