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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Katie Silverman says she went to middle school with the teen accused of shooting and killing 17 students last month.
Police say Diego Horta initially insisted he didn’t have weapons and lied about his age, saying he was 16, before saying, “I’m 17. I forgot I turned 17.”
Little Alexah Hebert has pulmonary hypertension.
Police found half a dozen skimming devices. They say it only take about ten seconds to install one.
Chapman Swindell, who also goes by Eddie Bigbee, has a lengthy criminal history. Back in 2006, he was accused of assault with bodily injury and sexual assault — in two different cases.
The coach, Marco Duran, was placed on paid leave Monday when the district found out about the image. The school’s website says he’s been at the school for 10 years. He’s also a sign language teacher.
“All I know is I’m so grateful [the officer] was there because we would’ve taken the impact, and my 14-month-old is safe because the officer took the impact. A lot of serendipity there,” said Nate Brinkley.
The community of Italy is trying to recover one day after a shooting that left a 15-year-old girl seriously injured. The 16-year-old suspect is behind held on two counts of aggravated assaults with a deadly weapon.
The girl was airlifted to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas following the shooting in the small town of Italy.