Rachel Yonkunas is an Emmy-nominated reporter who joined the FOX43 News team in June 2019 as an investigative reporter and co-anchor of FOX43 News at 10pm.
Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, Rachel worked at WFSB in her home state of Connecticut, WTEN in New York, and WTVY in Alabama. She also traveled internationally, delivering reports on foreign policy relations between the U.S. and China.
Rachel was nominated for a New York Emmy Award for her special report on school safety. The story highlighted a Massachusetts-based company that designed a product to delay forced-entry at schools across the nation. It featured a memorable interview with a Sandy Hook Elementary School first grade teacher who saved the lives of her fifteen students during the nation’s deadliest mass school shooting.
Rachel feels privileged to tell stories that bear witness to history. Her favorite aspect of news reporting is bringing light to issues that serve the public. Most notably, Rachel’s investigation into the implementation of Common Core academic standards helped to spark a statewide overhaul of the controversial curriculum in New York. Rachel also exposed dangerously high PFOA levels in a community’s drinking water that prompted a federal response, covered the rollout of medical and recreational marijuana laws, and pulled 9 G’s in an F-16 jet with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
Rachel graduated Cum Laude at the University of Tampa. She is both thrilled to call Central Pennsylvania home and excited to immerse herself in its vibrant and culturally-rich community.