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.
According to Tampa police, the driver was assaulted aboard a bus at East Waters Ave and North 9th Street, suffering multiple cuts to the leg.
St. Petersburg police are clarifying the events that led up to a bicyclist being struck by a hit-and-run driver after surveillance footage showed the victim riding past a stop sign. They said the flashing lights to stop traffic on the Pinellas Trail were activated when the bicyclist was hit.
Police in St. Petersburg are searching for a driver involved in a hit-and-run crash with a bicyclist earlier this month.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to the parent company of Dollar Tree and Family Dollar for receiving over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers found to have “serious violations of federal law,” officials said Thursday.
Residents along 66th Avenue North in Seminole are fed up with drivers running stop signs, especially with an elementary school close by.
The largest Christmas light maze in the world, Enchant Christmas, kicked off the countdown to its opening in St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field Tuesday, but the sneak peek lighting did not go as planned.
Pinellas Park police are investigating a case involving kittens being thrown from a car window Monday.
Eckerd College signed a pledge to stop spending school money on any single-use plastics.
Pastor Matt Gilmore said he was determined to reopen on Thursday, the day of the week he usually hosts the food pantry.
The Pasco County School Board heard one last round of concerns from parents whose children could be rezoned to new schools next year.