Jovana Lara
Jovana Lara is currently weekday anchor for the 11am and 5pm 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
Family turns grief into action after 22-year-old son dies from accidental fentanyl poisoning
"The difference between high and die is a matter of micrograms in a dosage." Charlie Ternan, 22, took just one pill thinking it was a Percocet that would alleviate his back pain.
'Vital habitat' at LAX Dunes seeing resurgence of native, endangered species
A vacant coastal property near LAX can be a bit noisy, but some of Southern California's most endangered species are flourishing there.
Brain mapping technology helping people with traumatic injuries and those fighting addiction
Doctors say what they do isn't new. It's more of a new use for old technology that's approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
SoCal woman shines spotlight on cases involving missing, murdered women of color
The Gabby Petito case has led some to wonder why the same attention is not paid to the disappearances of women of color.
Increasing electric vehicle sales now leaving some automakers scrambling to meet demand
Electric vehicle sales are on the rise as people continue making the switch from gas to electric. California also continues to expand the infrastructure needed to accommodate electric vehicles.
Mounting research suggests benefits of psychedelics as California considers legislation
California legislators are buying into the buzz after mounting research suggests psychedelics in monitored treatments of micro-doses can help people with addiction, PTSD, depression and more.
Long-haul COVID: How grassroots online movement Survivor Corps helps those facing lingering symptoms
For millions of people, long-haul COVID-19 is the brutal aftermath of a COVID infection. Here's how Survivor Corps is helping long COVID sufferers join together to help ease the pain.
LA-rooted nonprofit empowers Black women to take control of their health with simple solution
Nearly 140 Black women die every day from preventable diseases, but t it doesn't have to be this way. This nonprofit offers a solution that empowers Black women to take control of their health - one step at a time.
Danny Masterson: Scientology doctrine spills into rape case
Eyewitness News has obtained exhibits used in the Danny Masterson case, including audio recordings of the women describing the alleged rapes.
Here's how Long Beach drought-friendly lawn program saved 120 million gallons of water since 2010
Long Beach's drought-friendly lawn program has saved 120 million gallons of water since 2010, and homeowners can even get reimbursed money for labor, materials and landscape design.