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Lydia Pantazes is an award-winning journalist with accolades from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association and The Radio & Television News Association.

Lydia was born and raised in National City, Calif., about 15 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I feel honored that people trust me and allow me to tell their stories. My main goal as a journalist is to be a voice for people and make a difference,” Lydia said.

Before returning home to Southern California to report for Spectrum News 1 SoCal, Lydia reported for KRON 4 in the San Francisco Bay Area and also reported for both CBS Austin and Telemundo Austin in both English and Spanish on a daily basis.

During her time in Austin she partnered with the Lone Star Fugitive Task Force led by the U.S. Marshals Service and launched “Marshals’ Most Wanted” a weekly segment focused on capturing violent and dangerous fugitives in Central Texas.

Prior to working in Texas, Lydia spent 10 years working as an anchor, reporter, and weather anchor at KCOY and KKFX on the Central Coast of California. During her time on the Central Coast, she was recognized as one of the most influential Latinas on the Central Coast by Latino Today Magazine.

Lydia is a long-time member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and helped relaunch the NAHJ Chapter in Austin where she served as Chapter President.

Lydia has also been involved with organizations that help individuals with developmental disabilities which she became involved with due to her sister who has Down Syndrome.