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.


Recent Articles
  • Dozens of people were treated after a plane dumped jet fuel, hitting six schools around Los Angeles. (Credit: CNN)

    Delta Air Lines Pilot Told Air Traffic Control He Didn’t Need to Dump Fuel

    A day after a Delta Air Lines plane dumped jet fuel over several Los Angeles schools, federal authorities said the pilots of Delta Flight 89 did not ask for approval to release the fuel as part of their emergency landing. Air crews will typically notify air traffic control of an emergency and indicate they need to dump fuel, the Federal Aviation Administration said. Air traffic controllers direct the plane to the appropriate fuel-dumping area. “A review of yesterday’s air traffic control […]

  • Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

    LAPD Gang-Framing Scandal Could Have Ripple Effect on Criminal Cases

    A scandal rocking the Los Angeles Police Department over allegations that members of the LAPD’s elite Metro Division falsely portrayed people as gang members is also prompting questions about whether the claims will affect ongoing criminal cases involving the accused officers. The scope of the allegations are still unclear, but LAPD Chief Michel Moore said the internal investigation now includes 20 officers. Officers assigned across the city are suspected of falsifying field interview cards from traffic stops and entering incorrect information about […]

  • Daniel Leist, left, speaks to KTLA on Jan. 13, 2020, the day after his mother, Detective Amber Leist, was fatally struck in Valley Village. Amber Leist is seen in a photo released by the Sheriff's Department.

    She Was ‘a Hero,’ Son Says of Sheriff’s Detective Fatally Struck After Helping Pedestrian in Valley Village

    The son of a sheriff’s deputy who was killed by an oncoming car after she helped a senior citizen cross a Valley Village street said she died how she lived: as a hero. Daniel Laney spoke to KTLA Monday, the day after his mother, 41-year-old Detective Amber Joy Leist, was killed near the corner of Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue. The off-duty detective got out of her car to assist an older woman who fell while crossing the street with […]

  • A memorial appears at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's West Hollywood station on Jan. 13, 2020, honoring Detective Amber Joy Leist the morning after her death.

    ‘Ray of Sunshine’: LASD Mourns Detective Who Died After Helping Pedestrian in Valley Village

    The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department continues to mourn one of its own Monday after a crash in Valley Village killed an off-duty deputy moments after she helped out a pedestrian in need. Detective Amber Joy Leist, 41, was fatally struck by a vehicle Sunday morning at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue. Surveillance video shows Leist’s car stopped just before a crosswalk as she helped up a pedestrian who had fallen down while crossing the street. She walked with the […]

  • An Uber driver picks up passengers at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, on April 10, 2019. (Credit: Scott Olson / Getty Images)

    Uber Makes Changes to California App in Compliance With Gig-Worker Law

    Uber has tweaked fares and made other changes to its California app in response to the state’s new gig-worker law. Christina Pascucci reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Jan. 9, 2020.

  • Disney characters are seen in front of Sleepy Beauty Castle at Disneyland in a photo released by Disney on Jan. 7, 2020.

    Disneyland Brings Back Discounted Tickets for SoCal Residents, Expands Deal to ‘Kids Everywhere’

    Ladies and gentlemen from Southern California, and boys and girls from all over: Disneyland is ringing in 2020 with a twist on its annual deal on multi-day tickets. As in Januarys past, the Anaheim resort is offering residents in Southern California and Northern Baja California the chance to purchase discounted multi-day tickets. This year’s deal is a three-day, one park per day ticket for $199, Disneyland announced Tuesday. That works out to $67 per day, and is about $100 less […]

  • Black smoke rises from a small plane that crashed near the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita on Jan. 4, 2019. (Credit: Liveatc.net)

    Pilot Who Died in Small Plane Crash in Santa Clarita Described as Beloved Member of Local Aviation Community

    The pilot of a small-engine aircraft who died after crashing near the 14 Freeway in Santa Clarita on Saturday morning is being remembered as a beloved member of the local aviation community. Officials have not released his name, but friends identified the pilot as Wayne Richards. The aircraft, a home-built TM-1 Thunder Mustang, was registered under his name. “Very sweet, very loving and very active in the community,” Jennifer Pearl said of her fellow pilot. “It’s a big loss.” He […]

  • Christina Pascucci Visits Sonoratown in DTLA

    KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci recently visited Sonoratown in downtown Los Angeles for some authentic Sonoran-style fare. The food in this restaurant follows family recipes and traditions from the co-owners, Jennifer Feltham and her boyfriend, Teodoro Diaz-Rodriguez, Jr. Christina said that one of remarkable things about Sonoratown is the effort Feltham goes through to make authentic tortillas. Feltham says she goes to Mexico twice a month every month to bring flour for the delicious tortillas made in the restaurant.  She added […]

  • Homer Garcia is shown in a still image from video given to KTLA by a relative.

    Family of Man Fatally Stabbed at DTLA Restaurant Remembers His ‘Good Soul’ and Musical Talents

    A man who was stabbed to death at a downtown Los Angeles restaurant on New Year’s Day is being remembered by his family as a patient man who brought people together with his music. Family members identified the victim as Homer Garcia, who had just celebrated his 56th birthday last month. Maribel Garcia, Homer’s sister, remembered her brother as being a talented musician. “He just had a way of bringing us all together with this music. He was patient. So […]

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