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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More than 100 junior high and high school students are on a mission to make North Texas a better place.

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Oak Lawn Residents Frustrated With Burglaries

Residents say they’re having a hard time getting anyone to take action at the Camden Design District Apartments.

06/13/2017

Burglar Breaks Into Home Through Doggy Door

Jeff Summers’ dogs AJ and Lucy were sleeping when they got an unexpected visitor. Surveillance video shows the man breaking in through the doggy door.

06/02/2017

911 Recording Released In Deadly Richardson Road Rage

When someone shot 27-year-old Robert Klikus in what police call an act of deadly road rage in Richardson on May 18, Hitalo Villa was there to help.

05/26/2017

Mobile Library Rolls Out In Dallas

A mobile library is a welcome addition to the reading landscape for kids in Dallas.

05/23/2017

Trailer Stolen From Keller Dance Studio

Props inside were to be used in an upcoming recital.

05/22/2017

For Poteet Senior, Valedictorian Runs In The Family

Sherin George is the third sibling in her family to be valedictorian.

05/19/2017

Dallas Officer Shoots Suspect Following Struggle, Investigation Ongoing

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05/12/2017

First Responder Showered With Support

The public is donating money to help firefighter-paramedic William An, who was shot nine days ago.

05/09/2017

Canton Community Helping Tornado Victims

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05/02/2017

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Police Arrest Suspect In DeSoto Man’s Murder

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