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
OC United Way tackles homelessness, helps housing voucher recipients find a home
An Orange County program tackles the homeless crisis by connecting landlords to those with housing vouchers, and facilitating the process of renting.
Vista LA 25 years - A modern history of Latinos in Los Angeles: VIDEO
Since its debut in 1994, Vista LA has been a voice for the Latino community - sharing stories of inspiration, resilience and countless contributions to Southern California. Vista LA's 25 year anniversary special is a modern history of Latinos in Los Angeles: the people, issues and events that helped shape our city.
Renters rights: What to do if you're facing eviction in Los Angeles
Renters who are facing eviction in the Los Angeles area should know they have more rights than they may realize.
Compton residents still dealing with pothole-filled streets as city makes progress
Frustration remains for Compton residents that are still dealing with streets riddled with potholes.
This may be the last year for popular Burbank pop-up, Christmas Corner
For more than a decade, a popular holiday pop-up shop in Burbank has been drawing thousands of shoppers in search of Christmas past. But this could be the last year.
Father of 4 dead after being struck by hit-and-run driver in Westlake, family donates organs, LAPD says
A 34-year-old father died a week after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on a street in Westlake, Los Angeles police announced.
Father of 4 brain dead after being struck by hit-and-run driver in Westlake, LAPD says
A 34-year-old father is brain dead almost a week after he was struck by a hit-and-run driver on a street in Westlake, Los Angeles police announced.
Security in Mexico City tight for Chargers-Chiefs Monday Night Football game
Thousands are expected to attend the Chargers game against the Chiefs Monday in Mexico City and the safety of fans is a priority for local law enforcement.
Football's popularity growing among girls in Mexico
American football is becoming more popular in Mexico and not just for boys, as dozens of girls teams are competing in a weekend tournament.
Think LA has bad traffic and air quality? Mexico City has it worse
Angelenos may complain about traffic and air quality but Mexico City - where the Chargers are playing this week - has it far worse.