Tavares Jones joined the WGXA-TV News team as a breaking news reporter and fill-in anchor in November of 2015. You can watch Tavares' reports on air every weekday morning beginning at 5 a.m. on ABC 16 and at 7 a.m. on Fox 24.
Tavares has a passion for storytelling and providing information that impacts the lives of viewers and their families. He was the only local journalist to travel to South Georgia while bringing viewers extensive coverage on the massive wildfires impacting the state’s Okefenokee Wildlife Refuge, burning nearly 130,000 acres of land.
Tavares also worked to get answers from officials and brought viewers Live coverage from Jacksonville, Florida, surrounding the mysterious death of a Middle Georgia man who fell to his death from a commercial cruise ship.
He's not a stranger to coverage of severe weather either. Tavares serves as a fill-in weather forecaster and also traveled to Southwest Georgia to cover the multiple rounds of deadly tornados which caused damage and life-altering circumstances for thousands of people. He also covered Hurricane Matthew in 2016 from Savannah as the storm destroyed parts of the Georgia and South Carolina coast.
Tavares' professional affiliations include the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Broadcast Society.
Prior to making the move to Middle Georgia, Tavares interned at the Orlando, FL NBC affiliate where he worked with the news team to cover local, LIVE and late breaking news, serving as the station's sole weekend dayside reporter.
A graduate of the University of Florida (Go Gators!), Tavares earned dual degrees in Journalism and Political Science. Upon graduation Tavares began a career in public relations serving as the Director of Communications & Public Affairs at a regional law firm based in Gainesville, FL specializing in Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death cases.
Tavares is committed to serving the local community and devotes much of his time to various organizations including The National Coalition for the Homeless, Children's Miracle Network, Catholic Charities, United Way and the Miss America Scholarship Organization.
Tavares has a passion for journalism, as he believes it is the very platform which grants him with the opportunity to make a long-lasting positive impact on society and a difference for the common good.