Yona Gavino

Yona Gavino, KTVT

Yona Gavino joined CBS 11 News in May 2016 as a reporter for the morning newscasts. She’s thrilled to be living her dream every day – even if it means getting up before sunrise! While she loves the adrenaline of breaking news, she’s passionate about stories that capture emotion and solve problems.

A native Floridian, Yona grew up in Pensacola and earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of West Florida.

She comes to us from WTMJ4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her reports ranged from covering the city’s soaring homicide rates, to natural disasters throughout the state. She feels privileged to have spent three years in a city that’ll always be special to her.

Her broadcasting career began in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where she learned to write, shoot, and edit her own stories. She spent many snowy days lugging heavy equipment up icy hills and through blizzards. It’s proof she truly wanted to do this for a living!

One of her highlights was covering the Democratic National Convention.  Yona’s reporting caught the attention of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, who honored her with a Broadcast Excellence Award for Best News Reporter.

Yona enjoys inspiring through community service, and served as a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She’s a member of the Asian American Journalists Association.

When she’s off-air, she’s a bookworm and an avid traveler. She spent years as a competitive ballroom dancer and is a Krav Maga practitioner… because of this, Yona can dance and fight! But her true joy is storytelling. She loves connecting with viewers and infusing their day with sunshine and news they need to know.

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At the end of the meal, customers get a receipt with no price on it. They can pay what they can afford, pay part of the cost or leave the receipt blank.


81-Year-Old Killed In House Fire In Grand Prairie

A fire department spokesperson says the woman’s oxygen tank may have been a factor in the fire.


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Friends Mourn Loss Of 10-Year-Old Softball Teammate Killed In Crash

Police say Caydence Hubble was not wearing a seatbelt when the crash happened in Fort Worth on Golden Triangle Blvd on Sunday.


Nearly 2 Dozen Cars Vandalized In Plano Neighborhood

Surveillance images from Green Oaks Drive shows a man walking up to a minivan, using some sort of tool to puncture a tire and then running away.


Mom Making Special Event For Kids With Treacher Collins

Brittany Brown’s life has been transformed in so many ways when her son was born with Treacher Collins syndrome.

CBS 11–11/13/2017

A North Texas Children’s Hospital Makes Halloween Special

For children facing life-threatening illnesses this Halloween, reality faded away. Cook Children’s Medical Center was filled with joy and magic to celebrate the spooky holiday.

CBS 11–10/31/2017

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“I don’t see how it’s an accident if you point a gun at someone. It’s not an accident!” said Brandon Davis, the victim’s uncle.


North Texas Mom Takes To Social Media To Try To Help Find Richardson Girl

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Some volunteers say the story the child’s father gave police doesn’t add up.


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