Gerardo Lopez has been named vice president and news director at CBS News and Stations’ local businesses in Boston, including WBZ, WSBK (MyNetworkTV), the CBS News Boston streaming channel and CBSBoston.com.
Lopez comes from WTKR and WGNT, the E.W. Scripps-owned CBS and CW Network affiliates in Norfolk, Va.—and replaces Jessi Miller Bradley who was named news director at WBZ in 2020.
“It is a pleasure to welcome Gerardo back to the CBS Stations family,” said Justin Draper, president and general manager of CBS News and Stations’ Boston properties. “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.”
Before working at WTKR, Lopez was the news director at KJRH in Tulsa, Okla. He’s also worked at KTVT in 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. He’s also worked at stations in Denver, Seattle, Houston and San Antonio.
“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.”
“I am humbled and honored to lead the talented journalists at Boston’s first and finest television station,” Lopez said. “I want to thank Justin and Adrienne for the opportunity to join such a great team. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone at CBS Boston—and being a part of a group of journalists that truly makes a difference in the communities we are so proud to serve.”
He starts August 15.