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.
AAA Tampa said road trips are on the rise due to record low gas prices, but vacation destinations are changing this summer due to COVID-19.
With COVID-19 testing demand increasing, some people are showing up to emergency rooms to get a test. But unless you have severe symptoms, Tampa Bay Area doctors say the ER is not a community testing site.
Doctors say they continue to find connections between blood clots and COVID-19. Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children’s hospital have now launched a clinical trial to study the use of anti-clotting medication as a treatment in children.
Health officials are trying to keep up with the demand for COVID-19 testing as the state's case numbers continue to rise.
The Centers for Disease Control added new health conditions that make people more at risk to suffer complications from COVID-19, and it includes obesity and pregnancy.
As more restaurants deep clean their spaces to protect the public during the COVID pandemic, industry leaders said they are working toward more specifics on what to do when staff members are exposed.
Florida is moving up in the ranks for best starting teacher pay after the governor approved $500 million for salary increases Wednesday.
The rise in COVID-19 cases has increased the demand for testing in the Tampa Bay area, causing long lines and capacity issues at testing sites.
The last two months have been a rollercoaster for Bay Area restaurants. They were finally allowed to reopen after COVID-19 forced them to close for more than a month. But only three weeks in, many have had to close again after employees tested positive.
Researchers said children did not appear to be at any greater risk of severe illness due to COVID-19, but doctors in the Tampa Bay area say more children are testing positive for the virus.