Paula Lopez -
2013 Honoree

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Paula, a ninth generation Santa Barbaran, attended Harding Elementary, La Cumbre Jr. High and graduated from SBHS as one of the “Top 10 Female Graduates”. She graduated from UCSB with a B.A. in History of Public Policy. She began her television career as an intern in Channel 3’s News Department, and went on to anchor NewsChannel 3 before heading to KCAL in Los Angeles where she earned an Los Angeles area Emmy Award. Paula was honored by the Minorities in Broadcasting Training Program with its “Striving For Excellence” Award. Deciding to put family first, Paula returned to Santa Barbara where she began her job at KEYT. She earned a Golden Mike Award for Best News Reporting from the Radio & TV News Association of Southern CA. Paula has served on the Boards numerous local and regional non-profit organizations including Aids Housing of Santa Barbara, as well as on the Board for the American Lung Association of Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties and on the Santa Barbara chapter of the American Heart Association Board of Directors. Paula was shy as a child and credits Girls Inc for challenging her to challenge herself and overcome her weaknesses.






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