Jovana Lara is a well-known reporter at ABC7 Eyewitness, who underwent a difficult emigration experience with her family. Let’s find out more about her current life, net worth, children and more.
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Early life, family
Jovana Lara was born on 11 January 1966 in Cuba – the story of her family has bitter moments which start from splitting in Jovana’s early years. Her father, Bonifacio had to leave Jovana’s mother and both their daughters, Jovana and her older sister Isabella in Cuba and move to the USA in 1969, as her parents were accused of criticizing Fidel Castro’s regime. After more than two long years of waiting, the family reunited in 1972 – Jovana and her mother waited for their US. visa in Mexico for three months, and Isabella could only reunite with her family much later – when she moved to America with her husband, their son Alex was already two years old; Isabella died from breast cancer in 2006, but Jovana has a very close relationships with the members of her family – her brother-in-law, Jose Gonzalez, lives in the US with his family, and they often spend time together, celebrating holidays and going on vacations.
Jovana’s family settled in in Glendale, California, where Jovana attended a local high school which she matriculated in 1984, then entered Loyola Marymount University and graduated with a BA in Business Studies in 1988.
Jovana started her career in Palm Springs, where she first got a job offer from KESQ. She became a journalist and started working the weekends, reporting live for more than a year, when KESQ promoted her to the position of the weekend anchor. Jovana managed to work at several channels, also reporting for Orange Country News Channel, later admitting that such a busy schedule helped her to polish her speaking and reporting skills. Nevertheless, she left both when hired by KNSD in San Diego in the position of a reporter, and proceeded with her journalistic career there, which included an Emmy Award for her reportage about the mudslides of El Nino, which washed away a small area near Tijuana in 1997, while two more stories of Jovana were nominated for Emmys in the same year. She also won the San Diego Press Club’s commendations, then in 2000 was invited to work at ABC7 Eyewitness. While working there, she got two more Emmys for her co-hosting on Vista Los Angeles.
Jovana married Dr. Randy Brooks, more than 18 years ago. They have two children: a daughter, Alex, who is 17 years old, and a son, Hunter, who is now 12 years old. Though Jovana is very busy at work, she always finds time for her family. Recently she took her daughter on a small vacation in Europe, visiting Prague and other European cities. They also celebrated Alex’s debut in the Los Angeles Links Cotillion Ball – she went through a six-month educational program filled with dance rehearsals, leadership classes, and over a hundred hours of community service which then ended up with a ball where 26 debutants performed a classically choreographed dance with their escorts and fathers in front of the eyes of hundreds of family and friends. Jovana said that Alex followed in the footsteps of her grandmother and aunt, who were also both Links debutants in their teens.
Hobbies and interests
Jovana loves spending her holidays in the mountains, skiing with her family; she also enjoys playing paintball. Jovana is a dog lover, and has a lap-dog named Billy – Jovana encourages people to adopt pets from shelters.
Social media presence
Jovan is very active on various social media platforms, regularly sharing family photos and personal news with her subscribers. She has an Instagram account which is followed by more than 9,000 people, Her Facebook profile has more than 16,000 ‘likes’, and she also has a Twitter account which is read by more than 8,000 fans. Jovana recently admitted she had some problems with the amount of time she spends with her ‘phone, and shared the statistics of her screen time, revealing that she spends more than two hours reading, more than an hour writing, and almost an hour and a half surfing the social networks. She laments the time she spends on those things, and would rather take another spin class, or go hiking instead.
Jovana has long dark-brown hair and wears bangs; she has hazel eyes, and her skin is naturally tanned. Nothing is known about her height and weight, her vital statistics are also unavailable. As for her clothing style, she prefers casual clothes when she spends time with her family, while in front of the camera she always looks smart wearing classy dresses.
According to authoritative sources, Jovana’s current net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, which is likely to grow in the future, since she keeps on working as a reporter at ABC7 Eyewitness. However, she keeps a life and work balance very well, showing great productivity both at work and in her family life.