Rachel Yonkunas is an Emmy-nominated reporter who joined the WFSB team in July 2018.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Rachel is grateful to return home and report for the station she grew up watching.
Rachel previously worked at WTEN-TV in Albany, New York, where her investigation into the state’s implementation of Common Core standards helped to spark a statewide overhaul of the controversial curriculum. She also exposed dangerously high PFOA levels in a community’s drinking water that prompted a federal response, covered the rollout of New York’s medical marijuana law, and pulled 9 G’s in an F-16 fighter jet with the U.S.A.F. Thunderbirds.
Rachel was nominated for a New York Emmy Award for her special report on school safety. The story highlighted a Massachusetts-based company that designed a product to keep intruders out and featured a first grade teacher with Sandy Hook Elementary School, who rescued her class during the nation’s deadliest mass school shooting.
Prior to working in the Empire State, Rachel reported at WTVY-TV in Alabama. Her first major assignment made national news when a man held a child hostage in an underground bunker for six days. She reported and produced breaking news coverage of the little boy’s dramatic rescue in an FBI raid.
In 2013, Rachel covered international news in a special weeklong report about foreign policy between the U.S. and China. She traveled to China and Hong Kong to cover business summits on direct foreign investment and reported on economic relations between Southeast municipalities and their Chinese counterparts.
Rachel graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Tampa.