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Yolanda Harris, stage name for Yolanda Smith (born in 1970) anchors the news each week night on ABC 6 and on FOX 28 News at Ten.
Harris, born and raised in Central Ohio, is featured in "Who's Who In Black Columbus" in 2007. She is on the Wall of Fame at Gahanna Lincoln High School, her alma mater. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She received an Emmy for Best Entertainment Program in 2005 as host of "Pepsi's Gimme The Mike, Columbus!"
Early in her career, she worked as a reporter and photographer for the Columbus Call & Post newspaper, a weekly publication focusing on the local African-American community. In 1996, she joined FOX 28 in 1996 as a reporter. She has also been a correspondent for "This Week" Newsmagazine on FOX 28 and a host for the "FOX 28 Kids Club" and "Take 1".
Prior to the 2012 presidential election, she received criticism for participating in a partisan, anti-Obama "Election Special" which was run as a news broadcast. She had since written that "She had no choice in the matter" and defended herself by saying "I need my job."
Harris gives a great deal of time to the Columbus community. She hosts the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on ABC 6. She supports Girls, Inc., The Salesian Boys and Girls Club, Easter Seals, The Gahanna-Jefferson Education Foundation and The Muscular Dystrophy Association to name a few.
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