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Juan Carlos Lopez

CNN en Español
Anchor and Senior Correspondent

Juan Carlos López is Anchor and Senior Correspondent for CNN en Español in Washington D.C.

López has collaborated as a reporter for CNN since 1993. He anchors Directo USA, a daily show that airs from 6-7pm ET from Monday to Friday. Directo USA covers the headlines generating the most interest in the U.S., with in-depth interviews and analysis on how they will affect viewers throughout the Americas.  In addition, López anchors Choque de Opiniones, a weekend show that airs every Sunday at 8pm ET. This show is based on dynamic discussions with VIP weekly guests that are both informative and interesting and it is broadcast from Washington, D.C. 

Since joining CNN en Español full time in 2000, López has covered important stories including the September 11h terrorist attacks in New York, the Elian González custody dispute between Cuba and the United States, the FBI’s eviction of protesters from the U.S. weapons depot on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico and the United Nation’s Millennium Summit. He also reported from George W. Bush’s campaign headquarters in Austin, Texas during the night of the historical 2000 U.S. presidential elections and covered the controversial and prolonged vote recount from Florida. He has covered stories of international relevance such as the elections of the United States, the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in January of 2010, and previously, he covered meetings of the United Nations Organization prior to the war in Iraq, and also reported from Kuwait during the war. Moreover, he has covered California’s Gubernatorial election, Hurricane Isabel from North Carolina and the FTAA Summit in Miami. López has also visited Colombia where he covered President George W. Bush’s visit to the country in 2006, and the visit of President Barack Obama to Latin America as part of the White House travel pool.

In addition, López has landed outstanding interviews in Washington D.C. with President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, Senator Mel Martínez, Senator John McCain, former Secretary of Homeland Defense, Michael Chertoff, Senator Christopher Dodd, and former Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez, among others. Most recently, López covered the Democratic and Republican National Conventions from Denver, Colorado and St. Paul, Missouri, and the presidential inauguration from Washington D.C. López recently interviewed Venezuela’s President Hugo Chávez, First Lady Michelle Obama, former First Lady Laura Bush, the ex US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, director Oliver Stone, the deposed President of Honduras Manuel Zelaya, interim President Roberto Micheletti, and current President Porfirio Lobo, among others.

López leads CNN en Español’s on-air political coverage with Voto Latino 2012, a campaign that covers the road to the general U.S. Presidential elections in November 2012.

Also, Juan Carlos Lopez, was part of the panelist on the first Democratic Presidential Debate in October 2015, on the way to the 2016 Primaries Elections.

Before joining the network, López freelanced for CNN en Español and CNN International, reporting on a variety of events from Colombia. In addition, he participated in CNN’s International Professional Program and has served as a contributor for the program CNN World Report

Previously, López worked as a news anchor and reporter for Noticiero de las 7 in Bogotá, Colombia, covering stories such as the Armenia earthquake and the massive kidnapping of civilians by leftist rebels in Cali, Colombia.  He also served as a reporter for WLTV Channel 23 in Miami, Florida where he was nominated for an Emmy.  

A native of Bogotá, Colombia, López has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. He also completed studies at Gabriel García Marquez’s Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano in Cartagena, Colombia and the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is fluent in Spanish and English.