Robert J. Lopez
Communications and social media expert with extensive experience operating in fast-changing, deadline environments.Trained as an investigative journalist and was part of a team of Los Angeles Times reporters awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. Produced in-depth investigative articles regarding local, national and international topics including: terrorism; immigration; cross-border crime; political corruption, and social and demographic trends.
Manager who currently oversees communications and public affairs employees and oversees budget and contractual issues.
Investigative journalist with extensive experience on in-depth projects.
Taught journalism and digital media classes for university students, high school students and professional reporters in the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, and Middle East, and can teach reporting and story-telling classes across multiple platforms.
Fluent in speaking, reading and writing Spanish.
Proficient in using audio, video, text and still images to produce online content.
Proficient with data analysis using spreadsheet and database programs.
Executive director for the Office of Communications and Public Affairs | California State University, Los Angeles.
September 2014 to the present. Direct the Office of Communications and Public Affairs and the 16 employees who design web pages and produce news releases, photos, videos, collaterals, bookstore apparel and athletics uniforms. Oversee the production of visual and text content for key web pages, including the homepage, as well as news releases, internal and external campus publications and social media content on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Oversee procurement and budgetary issues for the office.
Blogger/Editor for L.A. Now breaking-news blog and re-write reporter | Los Angeles Times
August 2009 to August, 2014. Produce deadline content, including text reports and original news videos, during the afternoon-nighttime shift and use social-media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to disseminate the blog posts and interact with our online audience. Viewership has increased dramatically during my tenure. Also write stories for next-day publication in the newspaper.
Investigative Reporter/Staff Writer | Los Angeles Times
August, 1992 to August 2014. Reporter, California/Metro investigation teams, 1996 to 2008; general assignment reporter, Metro Desk, 1994-96; law enforcement/small business, City Times section, 1992-94.
Was part of a team awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service for exposing government corruption in the city of Bell. Also helped direct L.A. Now, the Los Angeles Times’ breaking-news blog. Supervised reporters in the field and used their information to write breaking-news articles for LANow and the L.A. Times homepage. Also edited feeds and stories from reporters in the field and used that material to produce stories for the homepage and newspaper.
Digital Journalism Instructor | U.S. Department of State
September, 2009 to September, 2011. Taught week-long workshops and gave presentations to college students, newspaper reporters and television journalists in Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East. Topics included digital journalism, social media platforms and investigative reporting as part an international speaker program sponsored by the U.S. State Department.
Digital Consultant | Annenberg School for Communication, USC
October, 2008, to December, 2008. Advised journalism graduate students on producing interactive content and developing web pages for their online masters theses. Also taught basics of shooting and editing video.
Guest Lecturer | University of Hawaii
September 1999 to September, 2004. Taught week-long writing classes and investigative reporting workshops for journalism students and school newspaper staffs at the Manoa and Hilo campuses.
Adjunct Faculty Member | Annenberg School for Communication, USC
September, 1997 to June, 2000. Taught news writing and investigative reporting for five semesters.
Freelance Correspondent | Le Monde Diplomatique
September, 1992 to September, 1993. Wrote articles on issues involving U.S. urban affairs for monthly French publication.
Staff writer | Oakland Tribune
August, 1989 to August, 1992. Covered higher education, police and general assignment beats. Co-wrote a story after a devastating urban wildfire that led to a state law requiring rescue agencies to systematically coordinate resources at major disasters.
Commentator | KQED, San Francisco
January, 1991 to April, 1992. “This Week in Northern California,” commentator for weekly TV news affair show on PBS station.
Journalism B.A. with highest honors | University of Hawaii, Manoa
Summer Program for Minority Journalists | University of Calif., Berkeley
Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service | Pulitzer Prize
Part of a team of reporters who uncovered widespread corruption in the city of Bell, southeast of Los Angeles in 2011.
Breaking News | Pulitzer Prize
Wrote an article that was part of the package honored for coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
International Reporting | Overseas Press Club
Part of a team of Los Angeles Times journalists who wrote and reported articles on the rise of Islamic terrorist groups.
Best Feature Writing | National Association of Hispanic Journalists
Wrote fourth part of a 2004 four-part series on Latino immigrants who died in the first days of the Iraq War.
Analyzing data with Microsoft Excel and Access spreadsheets and databases.
Editing multimedia with Photoshop, Final Cut and Soundslides
Shooting video using DVD and HD camcorders.
Multimedia Workshop | Knight Digital Media Center, UC-Berkeley
IRE National Conference | Investigative Reporters and Editors
CAR Bootcamp | Missouri School of Journalism
Keynote Speaker, “Broken Borders: Covering Crime and Corruption on the U.S.-Mexico Line,” University of Hawaii Hilo, sponsored by the UH Board of Student Publications, Sept. 8, 2006.
Keynote Speaker, “Investigating International Gangs in the U.S. and Central America,” University of Hawaii Hilo, sponsored by Hawaii Community College and UH Board of Student Publications, Sept. 2, 2005.
Panelist, “Local Investigations,” Regional Better Watchdog Workshop, Cal-State Fullerton, sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and Orange County Press Club, Feb. 7, 2004.
Panelist, “Following the Local Paper Trail,” Better Watchdog Workshop, University of Hawaii, sponsored by Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists, Hawaii Chapter, Nov. 8, 2003.
Panelist, “Doing the Local Investigation,” Investigative Reporting Workshop, National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, New York, sponsored by NAHJ and Investigative Reporters and Editors, June 25, 2003.
In Conversation with author/actor Cheech Marin, Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, UCLA, April 27, 2003.
Keynote Speaker, “Mobility and Diversity in the Media: From Ka Leo to Los Angeles Times I-Team,” University of Hawaii Manoa, sponsored by UH School of Communications, Sept. 17, 2002.