Briona Arradondo joined the FOX 13 news team in August 2018 as a general assignment reporter.
She earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism and international affairs at American University in Washington, D.C. Briona is a native of Atlanta and graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in communication and Spanish. She discovered her love of broadcasting after interning at WSB-TV in Atlanta.
After growing up as an Army brat, Briona developed a passion for travel, culture and great food. When she’s not dreaming up her next road trip, you can find her training for a 5K or half marathon, attending a performing arts show or exploring Tampa’s restaurant scene.
Before working in Tampa Bay, Briona worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for WSMV in Nashville. While in Music City, she earned a regional Emmy award for her reporting on breaking news during severe flooding across Middle Tennessee. Briona also collaborated with international media, contributing live reports for BBC World News from the scene of the deadly Waffle House mass shooting that killed four people in April 2018.
Briona began her broadcast journalism career at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, where she worked as a weekend anchor and reporter. After spending a couple of years in the snowy Ohio Valley, she traveled south to Chattanooga, Tennessee to work for WTVC as a reporter and fill-in anchor. While there, she earned an Associated Press award for her hard news reporting on gangs.
Following a judge's decision to give a 24-year prison sentence to the defendant in a 2018 crash that killed a mother and her baby, pressure builds in Tampa to make Bayshore Boulevard safer.
The wait for justice for the family and loved ones of Jessica and Lillia Raubenolt has been excruciating. After nearly three years, the man accused of killing the young mother and her toddler on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa has been sentenced to 24 years in prison, 6 years short of the maximum of 30.
Hillsborough County commissioners cautioned residents to continue social measures like wearing a mask and social distancing after the county health department reported rising COVID-19 cases, especially among young adults.
Wildlife advocates say they’re worried about a chain reaction coming for marine life, and they said they fear their hard work to restore the bay’s quality and what lives there will be shattered.
As the Piney Point wastewater pond drains, environmental concerns grow. Fishing guides on Anna Maria Island say they noticed changes on the front side of Joe’s Island up to Port Manatee two days ago.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued an executive order prohibiting local governments and businesses from requiring so-called "vaccine passports" to show proof that customers have been inoculated against COVID-19.
Since it’s getting harder to catch what’s real and what’s not online, Cyber Florida launched a new program to teach local students how to figure out facts from fiction.
Florida lawmakers are having second thoughts about a controversial toll road project covering three parts of the state, including Tampa Bay.
With COVID-19 vaccines open to all Florida adults next week, public health experts explain what it means for easing pandemic restrictions.
Summer school might be more appealing than years past for teachers, students, and parents this year after a school year disjointed and disrupted by the pandemic.