David Yonke

About David Yonke

David Yonke is the editor and community manager of ToledoFAVS. A veteran reporter, editor, and author, his name is familiar name to many area readers for his many years at The Blade newspaper including the last 12 years as religion editor.

A native of New York City and a graduate of Duke University, Yonke caught the journalism bug early when he wrote for his elementary school newspaper, The Bulldog’s Bark. He has been covering the news ever since.

After graduating from Duke, he worked as a reporter and editor at The Tampa Tribune for five years before moving to Toledo in 1981. His articles have been published in newspapers and magazines across the country, and among his notable awards is the Ohio Associated Press’ Investigative Reporter of the Year in 2003 for coverage of the clerical sexual abuse scandal.

Yonke is the author of the nonfiction book, "Sin, Shame & Secrets: The Murder of a Nun, the Conviction of a Priest, and Cover-up in the Catholic Church", published by Continuum International Press in 2006.

He has taught journalism courses at the University of Toledo and Bowling Green State University and makes a brief appearance in the Acadamy Award-nominated documentry film, "Twist of Faith."

“I am excited to make the move to ToledoFAVS.com and to work with people of integrity and vision,” Yonke said. “As journalism adapts to the new online era, ToledoFAVS.com will be offering readers a diverse, informative, entertaining and interactive mix of news and features in ways that were not possible with print media alone.”


Pope Francis’ Conn. appointment draws criticism

/ Toledo Faith & Values |

TOLEDO, Ohio (RNS) With little more than six months on the job, Francis has named nearly a dozen bishops in the U.S., and because bishops are charged with implementing a pope’s vision for the global church, many observers are looking to see who Francis names as bishops and cardinals.