Chris O'Neill-Yates

National Reporter

Chris is CBC NL's national reporter for CBC TV, Radio and Her investigative/enterprise journalism has garnered multiple awards including from the CAJ, RTDNA, AJA, and CBA. Chris is multilingual, and holds degrees from Memorial University (BA Hons), University of King's College (B.J.) and King's College London (M.A. South Asia and Global Security). Story idea? Email:

Latest from Chris O'Neill-Yates

40 years after Ocean Ranger disaster, families recall lethal storm that changed them forever

A son and daughter of two of the men killed aboard the oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland in 1982 recount how their losses altered the course of their lives.

Salon owners call on N.L. to crack down on underground hairstylists serving unvaccinated clients

Provincial rules require customers at certain businesses — including hair salons — to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Activist files lawsuit alleging childhood sexual abuse by St. John's priest

“I was a child when I met this priest. To me he was like God," says Gemma Hickey

Dildo was hoping to cash in on a post-Kimmel boom — then came the pandemic

Sulagna Sanyal and Rajesh Menon opened the first Indian restaurant in the coastal Newfoundland village of Dildo, tapping into a tourism boom heightened by interest from U.S. talk show host Jimmy Kimmel. But COVID-19 has stopped the community's plans cold.

N.L. fossils star in Oxford University exhibit documenting Earth's earliest animal life

Fossils from Bonavista and Mistaken Point tell 'the story of where we came from,' says Jack Matthews, a research fellow at the University of Oxford.

Icebergs moving from Greenland to Newfoundland expected to slow dramatically by century's end, researcher says

Researchers have found Greenland ice is melting four times faster than previously thought, which would influence icebergs and infrastructure planning in Newfoundland and Labrador.

What the new Atlantic Accord deal says — and does not say

Despite the messaging from the Liberal camp, there is nothing in a new deal that binds anyone to anything on making Muskrat Falls power cheaper, writes CBC's Chris O’Neill-Yates.

Fly-in addictions doctor says fast action is key to addressing opioid crisis

Dr. Todd Young saw a lack of addiction treatment services in rural areas of Newfoundland and Labrador, so he set up clinics in several locations and bought a plane to do fly-in visits with his patients.

N.L. seniors restrained in long-term care twice the national average: Report

A report published last week found that 12.1 per cent of seniors in long-term care homes in Newfoundland and Labrador are kept in daily physical restraints, second only to Yukon, at 14 per cent — both more than twice the national average.

Newfoundlanders in love with rural life lament small-town resettlement strategy

As some Newfoundland towns grapple with the often divisive issue of resettlement, some residents are returning to these places to experience what they view as an idyllic lifestyle.