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.
A North Texas police department is putting officers’ pictures on trading cards and hoping people will get to know the men and women behind the badge.
It was a day of camaraderie and remembrance – a chance for these men to share old memories – and make new ones.
The Fort Worth Stockyards is undergoing a major renovation – transforming 200,000 square feet of horse and mule barns into restaurant, retail and entertainment space.
After more than a week all remaining vehicles trapped in a collapsed parking garage in Irving are free.
Two North Texas police officers are sharing a message on Thursday after a violent crash. Dash cam video captured the moment a suspected drunk driver hit one of their cruisers.
A North Texas lawn mowing company has come under fire, after an old business card resurfaced. “Your alternative to illegal lawn services” offended some.
About 200 children and college volunteers in a total of three churches are coping with broken air conditioners.
A North Texas business owner is scrambling to fix $5,000 worth of damage after thieves stole his daughter’s birthday gift — her first pickup truck.
Scammers are targeting Oncor customers in a Dallas neighborhood, asking for personal information.
Surveillance video captured a rolling gun battle that erupted in the Oak Lawn neighborhood of Dallas early Sunday morning.
A Dallas rowing club’s training for an upcoming race in Canada was disrupted after a raw sewage spill threatened the water of White Rock Lake.
The mural that took Preston Pannek seven days to paint was erased in just hours.
A local college student is finding a way to build better communication between students with special needs and police.
New video is highlighting the growing concerns about crowds and safety in Deep Ellum.
A video of hundreds of people packing into Deep Ellum early Saturday morning is raising eyebrows — and concerns.
A North Texas teen got the wish of a lifetime granted Saturday – his very own “batcave.” It was all thanks to Make-A-Wish North Texas.
A North Texas father is mourning the loss of his son, who was killed in a skateboarding accident Wednesday night. He is also thanking the man who tried to save his son.
The last two years have been a struggle for the Duncans. Their daughter, Caroline was diagnosed with cancer on her 3rd birthday.
A Harwood Junior High School counselor turned herself in to Bedford police after allegations that she engaged in an improper relationship with a former student.
Azle police are investigating who stole a sentimental piece of firefighting equipment from a North Texas firefighter’s widow. Investigators believe the thieves targeted the stolen metal object for scrap.
“I think it’s really unfortunate,” says customer Andrew Ashton. “It’s really a great idea. I’d never heard about anything like this because you just heard about the big grocery stores kind of monopolizing everything.”
Cleburne police say five churches have been burglarized — two of them, twice.
Families across North Texas are celebrating the start of summer. For some, a weekend on the water is a Memorial Day tradition.
Eighteen-year-old Abigail Bautista has a 3.98 grade point average and is the family’s newest valedictorian.
Cherrie Robinson’s aunt, Margaret King died last September of natural causes. The University of North Texas held off burying her as they worked to track down a family member.
Science teacher Bobby Soehnge said he couldn’t comment on whether that student seen in the video was back in school on Wednesday, but said he’s already forgiven the student.
Emergency crews reported to the scene of a train derailment in north Fort Worth early Wednesday. Dozens of train cars rolled off of the tracks not far from Meacham Airport.
The Dallas PD has created a new task force for catching illegal street racers in the city, and one council member is already praising the results after just one day.
A house explosion Saturday afternoon in Hurst caused by a car crash sent several people to the hospital, including a family of three.
Start your engines! NASCAR is speeding back into the Texas Motor Speedway in north Fort Worth this weekend for the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 on Sunday.
Just weeks after raising concerns about the chemicals being used to treat water in Plano, famed environmentalist Erin Brockovich is visiting North Texas.
The Fort Worth PD released 911 calls and body camera video of a violent arrest from over the weekend, giving the public a different view of the controversial incident — the perspective of the officers.
DCS said it received a report about Saiden’s death and is investigating. There is no record of previous contact with his family, and there are no siblings.
Five days after an explosion rocked the Tri-Chem Industries plant in Cresson, there is still an active search for a worker no one has seen since the blast.
“I kind of felt kind of devastated because I do a lot of online shopping. Amazon is good, but you can’t really physically hold the toy and see it and touch it.”
Thousands of college basketball fans from other states are in Dallas to watch college basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament at the American Airlines Center.
Fifteen-year-old Guy DeLaney was a sophomore at Jesuit College Prep and a talented soccer player.
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.