Jovana Lara
Jovana Lara is currently weekday midday anchor and reports on solutions to community problems for Eyewitness News.

Jovana was raised in Glendale after her family emigrated from Cuba when she was a small child. Although she was always interested in broadcasting, Jovana graduated from Loyola Marymount University and originally pursued a career in business.

She started in Palm Springs working weekends for KESQ. After one year of reporting, Jovana was promoted to weekend anchor. Eager to hone her reporting skills, Jovana took on a second job reporting for the Orange County News Channel. She continued to work both in Palm Springs and Orange County until she was hired to report by KNSD in San Diego.

During her first year in San Diego, Jovana won an Emmy for a story about a small village near Tijuana washed away in the 1997 mudslides of El Nino. Two other stories were also Emmy-nominated that year. Later, she won commendations from the San Diego Press club.

Since joining ABC7 Eyewitness News in 2000, Jovana has won four Emmys for her role as co-host on Vista L.A. As a reporter, Jovana has covered everything from breaking news including fires, crimes and natural disasters to in-depth feature stories. She's traveled to Mexico and Guatemala to cover earthquakes, immigration, and the Pope's visit as well as ongoing quality of life issues facing both Los Angeles and Mexico City. Jovana is also active on behalf of the station at many community events.

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Contact:
ABC7 Broadcast Center
Attn: Jovana Lara
500 Circle Seven Drive
Glendale, CA 91201
818-863-7777

Jovana's Stories
Outdoor Learning Park in Watts offers make-shift classroom environment during pandemic
Around 30 to 50 young students come to the make-shift classroom setup daily to take online school classes. There are free iPads, access to the internet and volunteers standing by to help. Plus, breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided.
ABC7 Solutions: Tutoring with a twist! South LA Ed Center helps fill gap in distance learning
The Ed Center in South L.A. is offering a solution to help parents struggling with distance learning, filling the gap in education for those with few options.
Project Homekey turns hotels into housing, offering shelter for hundreds experiencing homelessness
With $600 million in state and federal emergency funds, Project Homekey allowed L.A. County to purchase 10 hotels that will eventually become permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.
Girl power! Local lifestyle brand empowering young women all over the world
Local entrepreneur Kristine Rodriguez turned personal trauma into triumph. Her lifestyle brand "GRL Collective" aims to lift the lives of young women all over the world.
Contact tracing: Innovative tracking device could help stem coronavirus pandemic
An innovative "COVID-19 tracker" that can detect when an individual was possibly exposed to the coronavirus might soon be coming to your school or workplace.
Home of Lancaster decapitations received police call in 2013
Bobby Cagle, head of DCFS, said there was one previous call to the family's home in 2013 for an incident "totally unrelated" to the murders.
How Ventura County is solving for language barrier with farmworkers
In Ventura County, community advocates and health workers bridge the cultural and linguistic gaps separating health departments and vulnerable agricultural workers.
Facebook group offers lifeline to San Gabriel Valley restaurants
The SGV Eats Facebook page has helped San Gabriel Valley restaurants connect with the community and stay in business amid the pandemic.
'It brings light from the dark': Families see smiles on children's faces thanks to Spark of Love Toy Drive
Even with the pandemic, the Spark of Love Toy Drive helps brighten the season for many families.
Hydrogen replacing fossil fuels and becoming new source of power
With fossil fuel consumption on the rise, Mayor Rex Parris of Lancaster suggests hydrogen can become the new source of energy.