Eyewitness News consumer reporter Patricia Lopez
Action 13 consumer reporter Patricia Lopez is focused on women's issues and saving you money through her weekly "Stretch your Dollar" segments on ABC13. The Kingwood High graduate and former state champion golfer is back home after stops in Denver, Washington, D.C and New York City, including guest host appearances on Barbara Walter's Show, "The View."

Born in a Laredo, TX, Patricia grew up in a traditional Catholic "Tex-Mex" household. Her family later moved to Houston and while at Kingwood middle school she decided at the age of twelve to pursue a career in journalism after writing for the school paper and yearbook.

Patricia attended the University of Oklahoma under a golf scholarship and was a four-year letterman. After earning a degree in journalism, she accepted her first television job in Houston as an assistant assignment editor. Nine months later, Patricia got her big on-air break as a reporter in Wichita Falls, Texas. Following reporting stints in Tucson and Tulsa, Patricia made the climb to the Rocky Mountain State and reported in Denver, Colorado, then a stint in Washington, D.C. before landing a job in New York City.

Moving around the country the past few years has given Patricia a unique insight into many different cultures, and its this amazing perspective that is the basis for her style in covering women's issues and consumer stories.

Patricia likes to spend her free time with her husband Dean and their three children. She also enjoys running, volunteering, reading, and heading to her Mom and Dad's for some good home cooked Mexican food.

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