“Bofta is a talented journalist who is passionate about the Pittsburgh community.  She has been a strong asset to Action News Investigates and we look forward to her help in maintaining our dominance in the weekend mornings,” said WTAE President and General Manager, Charles W. Wolfertz III. 

Yimam joins Pittsburgh’s Action Weather meteorologist Ashley Dougherty, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 5:00 to 7:00 a.m. and 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.  She will contribute on weekday mornings as a general assignment reporter.

“I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity at WTAE Channel 4 and look forward to joining the #1 morning news team,” said Yimam.  “Pittsburgh is a beautiful city that I love exploring.  I’m excited to continue my journey here.” 

During her nearly three years as an Action News Investigates reporter, Bofta has uncovered wasteful spending and wrong doing.  One investigation revealed able bodied drivers illegally taking handicapped spots in Port Authority parking lots, and her story on elder abuse exposed the failure to track cases in Western Pennsylvania, pushing authorities to take a closer look at the problem across the state.

“Bofta is a skilled communicator and story teller,” added WTAE News Director Justin Antoniotti.  “These skills, along with her commitment to Pittsburgh, will make her a great addition to our morning newscasts.”  

Bofta served as Special Events Chairwoman of the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, helped organize the Robert L. Vann Media Awards program, and was recognized for her journalism coverage of the African-American community of Western Pennsylvania.  She has earned an Emmy Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award.

An Ethiopian-American, Bofta served as a special guest speaker for Young Ethiopian Professionals, and the Ethiopian Heritage and Culture Camp.  She also sang the National Anthem for the Race for Every Woman 5K, which helps raise funds for breast cancer awareness among Ethiopian and Eritrean women.

If you would like more information on this topic, or to schedule an interview with Charles W. Wolfertz III, please call Sheri Neill at 412-244-4669 or email Sheri atsneill@hearst.com