Velena Jones joined CBS13 as a reporter in April of 2020. Velena grew up in the Bay Area and is thrilled to be back in Northern California and the Sacramento area where many of her friends and family live.
Before coming to Sacramento, Velena most recently worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KOIN in Portland, Oregon.
Velena also spent time in Madison, Wisconsin. While in Wisconsin, Velena worked on many major stories including police protests and a University of Wisconsin student charged with sexually assaulting over a dozen women. She was also the first reporter to get an exclusive jail interview with Joseph Jakubowski, a man who led authorities on a nationwide manhunt after stealing over a dozen rifles and sending a manifesto to President Trump.
She is an award-winning journalist, as one of the recipients of a Midwest Regional Emmy and for her role in the coverage of the Tony Robinson shooting in Madison in 2015.
Velena previously was the main anchor and reporter at WBKB in Alpena, Michigan. During her time there she also hosted a weekly newsmagazine highlighting important local and state issues. She won a Michigan Broadcasting Award for a program she hosted, “Insights into Northern Michigan.”
She began her career as a News Assistant and Traffic Producer at KABC7 in Los Angeles. During her time in LA, she interviewed Smoky Robinson, covered the 25th anniversary of the LA riots, and the Conrad Murray trial. He was found guilty of the involuntary manslaughter of singer Michael Jackson.
Velena earned a bachelor’s of arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Biola University.