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
Technical issue leads to CA under-reporting COVID-19 cases
A technical problem has caused a lag in California's tally of coronavirus test results, casting doubt on the accuracy of recent data showing improvements in the infection rate.
Students get creative in ways to stand out when looking ahead to college
Summers have long been a time for high-schoolers to travel, volunteer, work or enroll in a summer course to beef up their college application. But not this year.
COVID-19 safety: Tools to help parents prepare young students for eventual return to classroom
A child development expert offers several smart solutions to help minimize fear, maximize empathy and get children ready for an uncertain school year.
LASD captain under fire for comments that 18-year-old shot 5 times in the back by deputy 'CHOSE his fate'
LASD Captain John Burcher is facing criticism for comments he made on Facebook, including that 18-year-old Andres Guardado, who was shot 5 times in the back by a deputy, "CHOSE his fate."
LA parents create group learning environment, look to hire at-home teachers to help with distance learning
Many school districts have made the decision to offer only remote learning when the fall semester begins. And now that parents know it's coming, many of them are looking for ways to better support their child, including hiring their own teacher.
SoCal woman and her siblings reunite with long-lost sister decades after leaving Vietnam
A Southern California woman and her two siblings had no idea they had another sister born in Vietnam until a DNA test came back with a match.
COVID pandemic: Local agency helps personal trainer's Hollywood-based small business stay afloat
Before gyms reopened in June, Osamoje Imoohi had real fears that COVID-19 would wipe out his personal training business in Hollywood and the steady income he had come to rely on.
Will California see wave of evictions once coronavirus protections for renters are lifted?
For millions of Californians, making rent is impossible during the coronavirus pandemic. There are temporary protections against eviction in place, but what happens when those protections expire?
Global firm lays out framework for returning to the workplace as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted
As more coronavirus restrictions are lifted, more people are returning to work but many may be wondering what precautions employers should be taking in order to keep them from being exposed to the virus.
Coronavirus: Is it safe to travel yet? What to know before venturing out amid pandemic
Cabin fever prompted by the coronavirus stay-at-home orders is a real thing. After months in isolation, many people are feeling the itch to travel.