Christina Pascucci is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, licensed pilot, and humanitarian. She’s worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KTLA, LA’s No. 1 morning news station, since 2011. Recently, the LA Press Club nominated her as Journalist of the Year following her work on the Mexico City earthquake.
She’s dived with hundreds of sharks, including great whites, to expose the shark finning industry. She traveled to Palau, an island nation near the Philippines to sit down with President Thomas Remengesau and discuss how other countries can emulate what Palau is doing on the front lines of climate change. The 2017 report went viral with more than 1 million views, and the President of Palau appointed Christina as Goodwill Ambassador to the country.
Christina’s investigative reporting into the wasteful water-use policies of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power resulted in the agency changing its policy to save millions of gallons of water at the height of California’s drought. One of her most memorable KTLA reports was when the Dalai Lama invited Christina to his palace in India for an exclusive interview.
While on assignment, Christina met a young Afghani girl who was receiving life-changing surgery after stepping on an IED near her war-ravaged home. The explosive device blew off her arm and part of her face. The Children of War Foundation made the surgery possible. Now, Christina serves as Director of Communications for the organization and has traveled to the Middle East on missions for them.
Christina is also an ambassador to 88 Bikes, an NGO that fights child sex trafficking around the globe. She trekked through the Cambodian jungle with them to highlight the work they are doing to rescue girls as young as 4. Continuing her work with at-risk children, Christina has been a big sister and mentor in the Big Brother Big Sisters program for a decade. In 2019, she received California’s Big Sister of the Year award and was also nominated for National Big Sister of the Year.
Christina is also a member of the Junior League of Los Angeles State Public Affairs Committee, working with California lawmakers to promote legislation that supports the state’s foster youth and families.
Lastly, Christina serves as the only woman on LA County’s Commissioner for the 10-member aviation commission. She advises the LA County Board of Supervisors on matters pertaining to the county’s five airports.