A more than 20-year veteran of the broadcast news industry, Yarbough returns to the anchor desk after several years in the private and governmental sectors. Yarbough brings to the KHSL, KNVN (Action News Now) team an extensive news background, including reporting, anchoring, content producing, live news coverage and radio presence. She began her career chasing news in the field, as well as bringing viewers daily and nightly reports from the anchor chair in the studios of NBC6 - WTVJ in Miami
A multiple Emmy-Award winning broadcast and print journalist, Julia Yarbough’s on-air television, public speaking and professional writing and production experience reaches across multiple platforms. She began her career chasing news in the field as well as bringing viewers daily and nightly reports with segments ranging from hard news to human interest, environmental, education and political coverage, from the anchor chair in the studios of NBC6-WTVJ, in Miami, KCBS2 in Los Angeles, WSVN, South Florida, WLKY, Louisville, Kentucky, WEAR, Pensacola, Florida and KEYT, in Santa Barbara.
Most recently Julia served as the Press Information Officer with the Chico Police Department under leadership of Chief Michael O’Brien. Her skills for governmental messaging developed during a more than two-year position as Media Ambassador for the internationally
recognized City of Miami Beach, leading an in-house production team producing original programming for MBTV, the Miami Beach Police and Fire Departments and social media platforms.
"I love telling stories. When I know a viewer or reader is seeing what I'm seeing and feeling what I'm feeling, then I have been successful. Sometimes engaging an audience means sharing my personal story as well. Regardless the platform, my goal is to inform, educate and invoke emotion."
Julia has produced live reports from all over South Florida as well as exotic International locations, such as the 2006 winter and 2008 Summer Olympics in Torino, Italy and Beijing, China, respectively. Never one to run from adventure and excitement, Julia flew an F-16 with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds! Named “Best Female News Anchor” by the Broward New Times, Julia’s work has earned her professional and personal recognition and helped her build a following of loyal television viewers and on-line social media fans all over the world. Her work also caught the attention of movie director Michael Mann, casting Julia in MIAMI VICE, and landed her a one-on-one interview with music superstars Daryl Hall & John Oates.
Julia has received numerous awards, including twice the prestigious N.A.T.A.S. Emmy, The Sunshine State Award from The Society of Professional Journalists, The 3CMA Savvy Award for government programming of the MBTV-produced original programs On The Frontline and MB Culture, and is the recipient of a 2009 Fellowship with The Institutes of Journalism & Natural Resources. In 2011 Julia was named one of Broward County’s “100 Outstanding Women.”
She is also the creator of Julia Yarbough Media Group, LLC which allows Julia to bring her extensive storytelling experience to a broader market; professionally evolving in the fields of communications consulting, public speaking and video production. Since its inception Julia Yarbough Media Group has forged partnerships with organizations, corporations and individuals to identify and produce stories that have a positive impact on our society and world and secure media placement for select clients.
In October, 2013 Julia was commissioned to co-produce a documentary for GE/Africa spending three weeks in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Kenya. Known for her passion for the outdoors and issues of diversity, Julia partnered with NOLS - National Outdoor Leadership School to co-produce and promote a film documenting the first all African-American climbing team to attempt to summit Alaska's DENALI in June, 2013.
Julia's work has gained national attention as a result of her partnership with The HabiHut and GE to produce a video presentation in Nairobi, Kenya highlighting The HabiHut, a revolutionary new solar-powered water kiosk. Julia's production credits also include segments for The Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, The Broward County
Minority Builder's Coalition and Children's Harbor Foster Care Agency; featuring the community work of the respective agencies.
Julia has been featured on South Florida and national television and radio programs speaking to issues such as career reinvention, work-life balance and relationships. She is often called upon to speak to organizations about life lessons learned as a result of her broadcast career and sharing with others the importance of living authentically and finding passion in one’s life.
A native of Fairfield, California, Julia is graduate of The University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Economics, Julia began her journalism career as a print journalist for The Daily Nexus campus newspaper.
She and her family, which includes four backyard chickens, relocated to Butte County two years ago and now call Chico, home. When not chasing down news, Julia can be found exploring the many hiking trails in Northern California and reminding herself to watch out for rattlesnakes.
A plan has been unveiled by the Paradise Irrigation District that could bring free-flowing water for those who are living in the Camp Fire burn scar.
While Paradise's recycling center survived the Camp Fire, the facility is now facing an uncertain future five months later.
Action News Now is launching a new series of reports, Our Future after the Fire, each Thursday night and Friday morning exploring an issue with a long-term impact as a result of the fire.
Voices of the Golden Ghosts opens at Shasta College Theater Saturday night
Chico Chamber of Commerce Camp Fire Survey
The City of Chico says additional stress to Public Works services post Camp Fire and already limited resources, are impacting the city’s ability to address the issue of trash and litter.
A citizen-led volunteer group kicked off the Saint Patrick’s Day Sunday holiday by cleaning trash and debris from the roadside, along Cohasset Road in North Chico.
For more information on the City of Chico Parks Division PALS Program and Spring Volunteer Orientation
Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson's reputation has been built during a lifelong academic career. A level of trust and respect amongst students and staff has been carved out in three years of leadership at Chico State.
Agenda for the March 5th, 2019 Chico City Council Meeting