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Biography

Bofta Yimam has been honored for her work nearly every year in her career, including a Regional Emmy award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award.

She is the first Ethiopian-American newscaster to receive an Emmy for her work.

The Maryland native started her career after she packed up her Honda and moved to Dalton, Ga. Since then, she’s experienced journalism adventures across the southeast, mid-south and now, the midwest.  Yimam is currently based in Pittsburgh and most recently moved from Memphis, Tennessee. Before working at FOX13 in Memphis, she was a Weekend Anchor/Reporter in Georgia.

In 2013, she won a Midsouth Regional Emmy for excellence in “Continuing Coverage.” Her report led to Governor Bill Haslam signing a Tennessee law to keep convicted aggravated rapists in prison for their full sentence.  While reporting in Georgia, she won the Edward R. Murrow award for Best Breaking News Coverage.

Yimam is a graduate of the University of Maryland.  During college, she studied abroad in Seville, Spain and interned at Good Morning America in New York.

When Bofta’s not on-air, she helps others fine-tune their public speaking skills through workshops and private coaching.

Bofta also enjoys scratching off bucket list destinations… she’s swum with dolphins in Mexico, climbed a mountain (not planned) to reach a remote Ethiopian monastery, jumped off a 35-foot-high Jamaican cliff and backpacked twice in Europe.

Earlier this year, she traveled to Cuba with nine other journalists.

She’s extremely thankful for the amazing family and friends who continue to bless her life.