Tavares Jones joined the WGXA-TV News team as a Reporter / Multimedia Journalist in Fall of 2015. You can watch Tavares' reports on air every weekday morning beginning at 5:30 A.M. on ABC 16 and at 7A.M. on Fox 24.
Tavares began his television career as an intern with the Orlando, FL NBC affiliate WESH 2 News, where he worked closely 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 Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Criminal Defense.
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, March of Dimes, Catholic Charities, United Way and the Miss America Scholarship Organization.
Tavares' professional affiliations include the Society of Professional Journalists, National Association of Black Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association and the National Broadcast Society. Tavares has always had 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.
With Middle Georgia being one of the fastest growing and most dynamic regions in the southeast, Tavares is excited to live, work and be a part of the community of which he now calls his home.