Yvonne joined the Breakfast reporting team in March 2003.
Journalism runs in the family
Her first job at the BBC was at the age of 14 as a work-experience student in the Africa department of the BBC World Service. She read audiences letters to 32 million listeners around the globe.
"I knew from then on that being a journalist was what I wanted to do in life", she says.
"My father was a newspaper journalist who worked for a pan-Africanist magazine in London, so there was always a great deal of debate and discussion about current affairs and the state of the world in our home".
"But I didn't start out as a reporter. I began behind the scenes as a television producer."
During her time at the BBC, Yvonne has worked on two flagship programmes: BBC One's Panorama where she worked as a researcher and BBC Two's Newsnight where she worked as a producer.
"Having studied ocial sciences at London School of Economics, I was prepared, keen and well versed to meet what I felt would be the demands of both programmes. At university I specialised in studying the work of international institutions and resolving problems in conflict zones".
"I learned alot about journalism in a very short space of time. In particular, the importance of good storytelling technique, investigative journalism and directing - making pictures look good too
"It was a very good grounding."
Yvonne made the move to reporting after being talent-spotted by BBC management.
"I have to say, there's no better preparation for reporting than being a producer, at least that's my view. It's so much easier when you've seen the BBC cream at work. My reporting heroes are the BBC's Matt Frei and Martha Kearney and Rageh Omar. "
When Yvonne is not working she'll be travelling and writing. She also enjoys sports.