Last Updated on September 2, 2023 by Admin
Julio Avila joined the News 3 team as a skilled reporter in August 2019, coming all the way from Elmira, New York. In Elmira, he showcased his talents as a reporter, weekend anchor, and fill-in producer at WETM-TV, the NBC-affiliate covering the vibrant Twin Tiers region of New York and Pennsylvania.
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Throughout his career, Julio has covered an extensive range of stories and topics, demonstrating his versatility and passion for journalism. From politics to health, and intriguing features, he delved into various issues and subjects.
Noteworthy stories he reported on include the local impact of potential food stamp funding cuts during a government shutdown, the City of Elmira’s approval of a 17 percent property tax hike, and the heartwarming tale of a local Sailor chosen to represent the Navy during the national anthem at Super Bowl 53.
Beyond his exceptional reporting, Julio showcased his creativity and storytelling skills by creating, producing, filming, and hosting “Paranormal in the Twin Tiers.” This gripping documentary-style paranormal investigating series was a Halloween treat for viewers in 2017 and 2018.
Collaborating with a group of local paranormal investigators, he fearlessly traveled across the Twin Tiers, exploring reputedly haunted locations. Delving deep into the unknown, Julio and his team searched for signs of the paranormal and interviewed individuals with links to these mysterious places.
Julio hails from Long Island, New York, where he was born and raised. His passion for journalism led him to Stony Brook University, where he studied journalism. The field of journalism captivates Julio as it allows him to delve into the personal stories of people and explore various subjects on a local, national, and international level.
During his time at SBU, Julio showcased his anchoring prowess by leading the school’s live show covering the New York Primaries. Additionally, he embarked on a reporting journey to Cuba, providing insightful coverage on the changing media landscape in the country and the potential influence of Venezuela as relations between the U.S. and Cuba thawed.