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

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.

Investigation shows Husky's decision not to move out of iceberg's path in close call 'economically driven'

Records obtained by CBC News under Newfoundland and Labrador's privacy act show that Husky Energy decided not to disconnect a floating production, storage and offloading vessel from an encroaching iceberg for financial reasons.

Trump's 'America First' policies threaten Newfoundland's last paper mill

People in the Western Newfoundland mill town of Corner Brook fear that the paper mill could close after the Trump administration levied countervailing tariffs of 9.93 per cent on the mill's parent company, Quebec-based Kruger earlier this month.

British-Canadian couple fear son being tortured in Syria, plead for Canada's help securing release

British-Canadian couple John Letts and Sally Lane are pleading with the Canadian and British governments to get their son out of prison in northern Syria. When they last spoke with him in July, they say, he told them he was being tortured.

Community rallies for monument to N.L. hero, 150 years after 'incredible' rescue

It was a rescue that defied belief and garnered headlines 150 years ago this week. But the heroism of Capt. William Jackman has been all but forgotten.

'It's the perfect place for us': Millennials flock to rural Newfoundland

Millennials are gravitating to rural Newfoundland to start businesses and carve out a life, despite the trend towards people leaving in recent decades.

For Palestinians, e-waste recycling is a toxic livelihood, but a Canadian is trying to change that

Memorial University PhD student John-Michael Davis teamed up with an Israeli researcher to formulate a plan to cut down on hazardous electronic waste being shipped from Israel to Palestine.

Canada should protect 30% of its oceans: UN environment observer

Canada is far behind other developing countries in protecting its marine resources according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ottawa says it plans to meet its international obligations by the end of this year.

Scientists demand action on Canada's marine protected areas

Scientists from across Canada have written to Ottawa to demand the federal government live up to its commitment to protect marine coastlines.

Provincewide naloxone advertising campaign to launch in N.L.

N.L Health Minister John Haggie is unveiling an advertising campaign aimed at educating drug users and their families about how and where to access naloxone kits.