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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Police Arrest Suspect In DeSoto Man’s Murder

Police in DeSoto have identified the person who they believe killed an 81-year-old man earlier this month. Milton Davis III was arrested at a bus station after tips from the public helped authorities solve the case.

04/24/2017

Family Desperate For Answers After Woman Killed In Dallas

The search is on for a killer after a woman was killed unintentionally by gunfire over the weekend.

04/10/2017

Syrian Woman Now Living In Texas Reacts To U.S. Attack

CBS 11 News sat down with a woman who used to live in Syria but now calls North Texas home. The television is on in the living room of Samar Al Hesan. She and her family are closely following the latest news from back home.

CBSDFW.COM–04/07/2017

Fans Share Why They’ll Miss Romo

As fans dialed in to 105. 3 The Fan, callers expressed relief and excitement over Tony Romo’s new chapter.

04/04/2017

New Recycling Plant In Dallas Meant To Make Process Easier

Because of the new plant, new materials can now be recycled.

03/28/2017

DPD Choir Serves Sweet Songs And Barbeque To Raise Money

At the Dallas Police Department’s Northeast Division, officers cooked up something special today — barbeque and catfish for $10.

03/24/2017

Dallas Police Choir Raising Money For D.C. Trip

The Dallas Police Choir on Friday is trying to raise enough money to send its 28 members to sing at a ceremony in Washington D.C. that will honor fallen heroes through music.

03/24/2017

Officials Search New Area For Missing Retired Firefighter

Officials in Hunt County launched a new search Wednesday for a retired Dallas firefighter who has been missing for nearly two weeks. Michael Chambers vanished on March 10.

03/22/2017

Meals On Wheels Could Soon Face Funding Crisis

The White House has released a preliminary budget plan, and it could lead to some major cuts for groups here in North Texas. Meals on Wheels is among the groups that could soon be facing a funding crisis.

03/20/2017

Researchers Testing Pet Robot For Hospital Therapy

Hospital patients in Dallas are getting a different dose of pet therapy.

03/17/2017

Father Still Missing After Boat Crash In Denton Creek

Police are using drones to help in the search.

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