We've seen her on on-air for quite some time filling-in with Dave Baker on KATC's Good Morning Acadiana, but the station made it official today. After a nationwide search, Katie Lopez officially moves into the role most-recently held by Tracy Wirtz. Lopez is from Acadia Parish and worked as a reporter in multiple other markets before returning home to Acadiana. According to a release, she'll take on a larger role at the station and the St. Jude Dream Home giveaway in partnership with 97.3 The Dawg.

As news partners, you'll see her work and the work of the entire KATC team on Townsquare Media stations and websites. She's been a familiar face in the Townsquare Media building as she has gotten a head start promoting the St. Jude Dream Home.

Congratulations Katie, from our radio family to you!

Read the full release below:

KATC Names Katie Lopez Co-Anchor of Acadiana’s Number-One Rated Morning Show Good Morning Acadiana.
(Lafayette, LA) Following a nationwide search, KATC has chosen Katie Lopez to co-anchor its number-one rated morning show Good Morning Acadiana.  Lopez is a familiar face to KATC viewers, having served as GMA’s Right Now Desk reporter for the past three years, and most recently as interim co-anchor.  Effective immediately, she officially joins long-time KATC weather and news personality Dave Baker at the news desk.
“Katie was the logical choice especially with her roots to the Acadiana community and having her already part of the morning team. Her strong work ethic and commitment to her team, and more importantly to the families of Acadiana left her heads above all other applicants” said Andrew D. Shenkan, President and General Manager of KATC.
Lopez, an Acadia Parish native, looks forward to having a bigger role in KATC’s community partnerships, especially with the St. Jude Dream Home project.  She also sees this new position as a great opportunity to mentor a new generation of local broadcast journalists.
You can watch Katie Lopez, Dave Baker and meteorologist Daniel Phillips on Good Morning Acadiana weekdays from 4:30am to 7am on KATC TV3.  Or, check out the show anytime online at www.katc.com/gma.
KATC Communications, LLC is a division of Cordillera Communications and is owned and operated by Evening Post Industries.  KATC Communications, LLC, which includes ABC affiliate KATC TV3, KATC-CW, Grit TV and KATC.COM, provides news, information and public service for the Lafayette, Louisiana market.  For more information on KATC Communications, call 337-235-3333 or visit www.katc.com.