She is an honors graduate of Emerson College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication, with a concentration in broadcast journalism. Her first job as a reporter was in Albany, Georgia for WALB-TV. She worked as a general assignment reporter in Macon, Georgia, and also in Austin, Texas.
She is a strong supporter of the United Way and the National Urban League charities.
Yolanda feels the most memorable stories she's worked on are the 2000 Presidential Election, and the seven-week Beard Johnson murder trial in Austin, Texas. She did an expose on several meth lab busts and explosions in Central Texas. Yolanda also broke a story about a serial rapist, and covered his arrest in Austin.
About her job, Yolanda says, "People always ask me how I do it. How do I cover so much drama in the world? Working in a profession where I hear of so many tragedies makes me appreciate life more. It humbles me and keeps me grounded." She adds, "The unpredictable nature of the business makes the job interesting. Television news is one profession where you get to see the fruits of your labor at the end of the day. It's a challenging profession, and I'm blessed to have a voice in it."