Evan Donovan is the political anchor and reporter at WFLA. He anchors News Channel 8 Today on weekend mornings, hosts the Sunday morning political show Battleground Florida, and reports on political issues during the week.
Evan has covered many high-profile stories since arriving in October 2017, including President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign launch and 2018 Tampa rally, the Parkland school shooting and subsequent commission hearings, the execution of infamous Tampa Bay serial killer and rapist Bobby Joe Long, and the historic 2019 Tampa mayoral race.
Evan came to Tampa from WLOS in Asheville, NC, where he extensively covered the HB2 transgender bathroom bill controversy and the disputed 2016 NC gubernatorial election. He reported from inside the deadly 2016 Blue Ridge Mountain and on the Outer Banks during Hurricane Arthur. He is passionate about domestic violence prevention and served on the board of directors of a shelter for abused women and children.
Evan has won several awards in his news career. He was part of the News Channel 8 team that earned a regional Murrow award for providing 24/7 coverage on social media to victims of Hurricane Michael. He previously won a regional Emmy award for live reporting and two RTDNA awards for Anchor of the Year and Anchor Team of the Year in the Carolinas.
Evan graduated from the University of Virginia with a commerce degree concentrating in finance and international business, starting his career as a trader at a prestigious hedge fund. He then left the world of Wall Street for the high streets of London to manage an ATM installation business across parts of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He began his career in broadcasting in 2009.
Evan lives in Tampa with his wife and young son.
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