WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Brand new Williams-Grand Canyon News reporter David Yankus made his inaugural trip to the Grand Canyon on June 28 and is excited to delve into the local news scene head first.
Yankus is originally from Milwaukee where he received his Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He moved to Las Vegas in 2008 to work as an account manager for a private security company, and then in April relocated to Flagstaff, Ariz. to more aggressively pursue his journalism career.
This is where he discovered the Williams-Grand Canyon News and found they had a reporter position open. Yankus started at the local newspaper in May.
"I've been a fan of the American Southwest for sometime now, which is partly why I moved to Las Vegas four years ago," said Yankus. "Now that I'm here in northern Arizona, I'm really excited to explore the Grand Canyon and learn more about Tusayan, Williams, Flagstaff, and the entire Navajo Nation as well."
Yankus is an avid sports fan and hopes to bring more in-depth sports coverage to the newspaper. He loves music of almost all genres, movies and television, dabbling with the piano (he took lessons after graduating college to keep his mind active), reading, new tech gadgets, video games, and creative writing.
He has found the Arizona weather to be much more enjoyable than Wisconsin so far too.
"The dry air is so much better than that Midwest humidity it's not even comparable," he said. "It still snows here unfortunately, but it's not as drastic as the weather conditions in Wisconsin, where it will be below zero degrees for weeks at a time."
Yankus and a writing partner from Milwaukee have written an original comedic television script based on them and characters they've grown up with or encountered in their lives, and are currently working on several other film and TV ideas as well. Together they enjoy writing comedy, drama, suspense, and mystery.
Yankus considers himself a trivia nut and is very well-versed in all things pop culture. He also doesn't mind embracing his inner nerd either by reading a good Batman comic book. In fact he currently has outlined an original dramatic television show adapting the adventures of the Dark Knight Detective to the small screen.
"I like to know a little bit about everything," Yankus said. "Whether it's sports, entertainment, current events, politics, music, news, books, technology, or whatever. I always like to know what's going on and get educated on an issue or topic if I'm not already. Fortunately I was like this in school too so I was able to get good grades and graduate."
Yankus encourages readers to submit any sports photographs or sports leads to him so he can actively hunt down these stories and add more coverage to them within the newspaper.
He hopes to be a fair and objective voice that can also be entertaining too, within the already established great news team at the Williams-Grand Canyon News. He also mentioned how grateful he is for the opportunity to continue his journalism career and how lucky he is to have such a wonderful and well-respected team of reporters and editors around him.
"I've already learned so much from them," said Yankus. "I can't wait to see how much better of a writer and reporter I will be six months from now. And I've always liked asking questions more than answering them. Another reason why this job is perfect for me."
Yankus's articles appear weekly in the Williams-Grand Canyon News and in the Navajo-Hopi Observer. Feel free to contact Yankus with story leads or ideas via phone at (928) 635-4426 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.