Prior to her move to Houston, Ilona anchored a four-hour morning show and noon newscast at KSAZ in Phoenix, Arizona. She also spent time in the Panhandle, where she was an anchor and reporter at KAMR in Amarillo.
Ilona spent many years moving with her parents and three brothers overseas and around the United States. She attended high school in Moriarty, New Mexico, and then headed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she graduated with her BA degree.
In her spare time, Ilona tries to keep up with her horses (three Arabians), dog, and cats, and is thrilled to be calling Houston home.