Bethlehem, PA. – PBS39 has added K.C. Lopez and Staci Inez to its team of local journalists. Their reports will be featured online and on PBS39 News Tonight, a nightly televised newscast airing at 6:30 and 11 on PBS39.
Lopez comes to PBS39 from the nation’s number one market, the New York City DMA, where she worked as a general assignment reporter. While at WMBC-TV, the CNN affiliate in northern New Jersey, Lopez anchored part-time and contributed reports to the station’s hour-long evening news program. She reported on breaking news stories including the Hoboken train crash, the manhunt for terror suspect Ahmad Rahami, the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal and more. Lopez earned a Bachelor’s degree in media, culture and communication from New York University.
“I am grateful for this opportunity to undertake a different kind of journalism,” Lopez said. “PBS39 News Tonight has a strong focus on the community, and I look forward to producing meaningful stories.”
Inez joins PBS39 from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked as a morning reporter for nearly two years. While in South Carolina, she covered everything from the record amounts of flooding during Hurricane Florence, to the Carolina Country Music Fest. Prior to her work in Myrtle Beach, Inez worked as a multimedia journalist with Duke University’s Office of News and Communications. She also spent time on the assignment desk at WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina. Inez graduated from North Carolina Central University where she earned a degree in mass communication. Inez is also a published author and released her first book in September 2018.
“I am proud to join the team at PBS39,” Inez said. “PBS39 News Tonight looks beyond news of the day and I am excited to contribute and tell the untold stories of the Greater Lehigh Valley.”
The Reporter Corps initiative, which launched in 2018, was one of the most significant journalistic hirings in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania in decades. Lopez and Inez join journalists covering the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley, including Lehigh, Northampton, Bucks, Montgomery, Berks, Schuylkill, Carbon and Monroe in Pennsylvania, plus Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey.
“We are delighted to welcome these two promising journalists to our robust reporting team,” Tim Fallon, Chief Executive Officer at PBS39, said. “K.C. and Staci bring a wealth of experience and perspective. I know their work will help further our mission to give citizens a deeper understanding of their community.”
PBS39 News Tonight airs weeknights at 6:30 and again at 11 on PBS39/WLVT. Visit PBS39’s program guide to find the correct channel number for your cable or satellite provider or watch previous newscasts on PBS39.org. You can connect with @KCLopezLive and @StaciInez on Facebook and send story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
PBS39 is a community-owned public media station licensed in Allentown to the Lehigh Valley Public Telecommunications Corporation, serving eastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. PBS39 acts as the catalyst to promote civic engagement, and to fulfill the regional needs of the Greater Lehigh Valley through its dynamic communication platforms and resources. PBS39 Reporter Corps journalists are embedded in the ten counties that make up the Greater Lehigh Valley. The Reporter Corps creates community-focused content for PBS39 News Tonight and for the PBS39 digital platform. PBS39 and the United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley are partnering to fund and fulfill the regional literacy initiative Lehigh Valley Reads. This campaign is working to ensure all Lehigh Valley students read on grade level by the end of third grade by 2025. For more information, visit PBS39.org.
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Public Relations/Promotions Manager, PBS39