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.
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.
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.
Hospital patients in Dallas are getting a different dose of pet therapy.
Police are using drones to help in the search.
The Dallas Arboretum is hosting its first-ever food and wine festival. Guests will have a chance to sample dishes, wine and craft beers made by chefs from around the Metroplex.
Dozens of JROTC cadets on Tuesday took part in a field trip to one of Arlington’s biggest employers. They took a tour of the General Motors assembly plant, and many of the cadets hope to one day work in that very same facility.
This is our third time winning,” said Coach Sharon Myrick. “We won in 2007 and 2008. It’s an honor to be back again.”
The Mesquite ISD has a new initiative aimed at inspiring a love of reading, and two NFL players are lending their star power to the cause. JaCorey Shepherd and De’Vante Harris both played football at Horn High School.
DISD students enjoyed a special screening of the movie, “Hidden Figures.”
The film “Hidden Figures” has become a phenomenon across the nation, earning more than $100 million at the box office so far. But it could also serve to inspire the next crop of engineers in North Texas.
The president of the Bedford Professional Firefighters Association believes a colleague’s cancer death was related to the job.
When a young girl was snatched from a Fort Worth neighborhood, police didn’t have to look far for leads.