Evan Donovan began working at WFLA News Channel 8 in October 2017. He anchors News Channel 8 Today on weekend mornings, hosts the Sunday morning political show and reports on News Channel 8 Today during the week.
Evan comes to Tampa Bay from WLOS in Asheville, NC, where he won a Southeast regional Emmy for live reporting and two Anchor of the Year in the Carolinas awards. He extensively covered the HB2 transgender bathroom bill controversy and the disputed 2016 NC gubernatorial election. Evan was also known for his reporting on the beer industry in a city well-known for its breweries. He reported from inside the Blue Ridge Mountain wildfires of 2016 and from the beaches of the Outer Banks in the middle of Hurricane Arthur. He’s covered serial killers, a school shooting, high-profile court cases and many other stories. Evan is passionate about domestic violence prevention and served on the board of directors of a shelter for women and children.
Evan’s journey to the broadcasting is an interesting one. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a business degree, taking his first job as a trader at a prestigious hedge fund. He then left the world of Wall Street for the high streets of London, managing NCR’s ATM installation business across parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Evan is a world traveler, having lived in four different countries and visited dozens more. His international experience and business background give him a unique perspective as a journalist. He’s a political junkie, avid conversationalist, craft beer lover and chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. His love of food helped him judge many food competitions while living in Asheville, a practice he is happy to continue in the Tampa Bay area!
Evan was born in Virginia but raised in North Carolina. He’s incredibly excited to be in Tampa Bay, but (carefully) admits he is a huge Carolina Panthers fan. He is also a devoted, lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs and was in Wrigleyville when they won the World Series in 2016. He has played basketball and baseball competitively his whole life, playing third base on the British baseball national champion Croydon Pirates while he lived in London.
He lives in Tampa with his wife, a former news anchor herself.
Have a story tip? You can email Evan at EDonovan@wfla.com