Christina Pascucci
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Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award-nominated journalist who has interviewed the world’s most renowned political figures, athletes and Hollywood celebrities. One of her favorite interviews was with the Dalai Lama, who did an exclusive local interview with Christina for his 80th birthday.

Christina loves the heart and soul of people. Her innate curiosity, compassion and empathy set her apart from other journalists. She cares deeply about every story and person she meets, digs deep to unveil the truth, and asks the tough questions. Her vision is to continually effect positive change. Her 2015 investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the LADWP resulted in the agency changing its policy to potentially save millions of gallons of water.

Christina, a native of Los Angeles, has held virtually every possible title in the newsroom, from producer to anchor. She loves to shoot and edit her own stories. She previously worked for the ABC affiliate in Reno, Nevada, where she covered government and politics regularly. She also anchored the morning show at NBC affiliate KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, where ratings doubled during her time there. She was twice voted amongst the top TV personalities in the Palm Springs area. Memorable moments include covering Betty Ford’s funeral and conversing with former President Bill Clinton.

Christina, a proud USC Trojan, studied entrepreneurship and international business, Spanish and broadcast journalism. A trip to China with her global management class inspired Christina to study Mandarin Chinese. She is also fluent in Spanish. Christina has a zest for life and high-adrenaline hobbies. She is a student pilot, avid scuba diver, skier, marathoner and mountaineer. In addition to a number of dives with great white sharks, Christina dove 120 feet in the Great Blue Hole in Belize and through underwater caves in Mexico. She has traveled to dozens of countries. One of her greatest passions is immersing herself in cultures.

She loves God, is passionate about protecting the environment, ocean conservation and pushing her comfort zone. She is a member of Human Rights Watch and a “Big Sister” in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Her own little girl, Gracie, is a 4-pound Pomeranian mix Christina rescued from a Reno shelter.

Recent Articles
  • Flames ripped through a home in South Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. (Credit: OnScene)

    Fire Destroys South L.A. Home, Displacing Family on Thanksgiving; Arson Suspected

    Investigators were trying to determine whether a fire that destroyed a South L.A. home and left a family displaced on Thanksgiving was intentionally set, authorities said. Firefighters arrived about 4 a.m. Thursday at the 1100 block of West 73rd Street, in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood, where the single-story residence was fully engulfed in flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The blaze was extinguished within an hour by some 30 firefighters, said LAFD Battalion Chief Dale Drummond. None of the […]

  • Downey police Officer Ricardo "Ricky" Galvez is shown in a photo distributed by LASD on Nov. 19, 2015.

    Arraignment Postponed for 3 Charged With Murder in Fatal Shooting of Downey Officer

    Three people, including two teenagers, appeared briefly in court Monday after being charged in connection with the death of a Downey police officer who was fatally shot during what investigators have described as a botched robbery. The youngest of the three, 16-year-old Abel Diaz of Bellflower, was charged Friday as an adult with one count of murder in connection to the death of Officer Ricardo “Ricky” Galvez. Two others, brothers Steven Knott, 18, and Jeremy Anthony Alvarez, 21, were also charged in […]

  • Dozens turned out in Downey to pay their respects to slain officer Ricardo Galvez on Nov. 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Grief-Stricken Family and Friends Gather at Vigil for Slain Downey Police Officer

    Holding candles and clutching photographs, dozens of distraught mourners gathered Thursday night at the spot where Downey Officer Ricardo Galvez was fatally shot. Galvez, a five-year veteran of the force and a former U.S. Marine, was shot while sitting in his personal car in a public parking lot near the police station, in what investigators were calling a “botched robbery attempt.” The 25-year-old officer was a “tremendous young man” who loved serving the residents of Downey, police Chief Carl Charles […]

  • Authorities searched a JetBlue flight at LAX after an "unauthorized person" was spotted trying to board the plane. (Credit: KTLA)

    JetBlue Flight Delayed After Off-Duty Pilot Mistaken for ‘Unauthorized Person’ at LAX: Airport Police

    An off-duty pilot who planned to take a flight from LAX to New York was mistaken for an “unauthorized person” Thursday, forcing a JetBlue flight to be delayed for several hours, airport police said. JetBlue flight 24 to New York was scheduled to leave Los Angeles International Airport at 6:30 a.m., but airport police received a call reporting an unauthorized person was trying to use a passenger boarding bridge to access the aircraft at about 6 a.m., according to a statement from the […]

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    College Student Studying in Paris Arrives Home to Emotional Family Reunion at LAX

    Bruno Sayjor, a senior at California Lutheran University, arrived back in Southern California Wednesday after studying abroad in Paris for the last three months. Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA News at 6 on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015. Correction: The name of Sayjor’s school was initially misreported. The story has since been updated. 

  • Still of what ISIS claims is the bomb that brought down the Sinai plane is seen in an image provided on Nov. 18, 2015. (Credit: Dabiq)

    ISIS Publishes What It Says Is Bomb That Downed Russian Plane

    A new issue of ISIS’ online magazine Dabiq contains what it claims is a picture of the bomb that brought down a Russian passenger jet over Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula last month. The picture shows a soft drink can, a wire and what appears to be a switch. Remarking on the apparent simplicity of the device, explosives expert Anthony May said the three components appeared to constitute a “suicide-type bomb.” “It doesn’t take much to bring down a plane in flight […]

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    Swimming With Sharks Is ‘Meditative,’ ‘Amazing’ Experience, Divers Say

    While most people would do anything to swim away from sharks, many people choose to go nose to nose with these mysterious creatures, including KTLA’s Christina Pascucci, who donned a wet suit and dove in for a live report on the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. KTLA’s special “Shark Encounters” series, airing Nov. 16-20, covers the important science of one of the most alluring and elusive creatures in the ocean. Those wishing to donate toward shark […]

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    ‘Vulnerable’ Great White Shark Population Down to 3,500 in the Wild

    Though great white sharks are near the top of the food chain, the often-feared fish are down to about 3,500 left in the world’s oceans. The World Wildlife Fund classifies them as “vulnerable,” meaning they face a “high risk of extinction in the wild.” Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. KTLA’s special “Shark Encounters” series, airing Nov. 16-20, covers the important science of one of the most alluring and elusive creatures in the ocean. […]

  • Jeffrey Keo, the victim in a Nov. 10, 2015, shooting in Long Beach, is seen in a family photo.

    Teen Gang Member Held on Suspicion of Murder in Shooting of Long Beach Man: Police

    A teen gang member has been detained on suspicion of murder following an intense search Wednesday morning for the gunman who fatally shot a 26-year-old man the previous night, Long Beach police said. Officers responded to a report of shots fired near Gundry Avenue and East 14th Street (map) at approximately 9:10 p.m. Tuesday and found the male victim at the scene, according to Lt. Mark Coble of the Long Beach Police Department. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition, but […]