SAN JOSE, CA – May 31, 2022 – NBC Bay Area / KNTV announced today that Emmy Award-winning journalist and Bay Area native Velena Jones has joined the station as a reporter covering Oakland and the East Bay. She will report for NBC Bay Area’s weekday newscasts.
“We are pleased to welcome Velena back to Northern California and to NBC Bay Area,” said Stephanie Adrouny, Vice President of News for NBC Bay Area. “Velena has deep local roots and is an accomplished and versatile journalist. Her experience and connection to the community will further enhance the depth of our roster of talented anchors and reporters. I am confident that viewers will appreciate the knowledge and enthusiasm she brings to the station.”
Jones joins KNTV from KVOR-TV (CBS) in Sacramento, where she has worked since 2020, serving as reporter and fill-in anchor. Before KOVR, she spent two years as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KOIN-TV (CBS) in Portland, OR. Previously, Jones served as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, WI, for four years and is a recipient of a Midwest Regional Emmy Award for her role in the coverage of the Tony Robinson shooting in Madison in 2015. Prior to joining WISC, Jones was an anchor, reporter, and news director for WBKB-TV (CBS/ABC/FOX) in Alpena, MI.
Jones returns to her East Bay roots, as she was raised in Concord and graduated from Berean Christian High School in Walnut Creek. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Biola University.
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