Hillary Lake

Reporter

Hillary Lake
Hillary Lake
Reporter
Hillary Lake joined KATU as a reporter in April 2013. She is happy to be back in her home state after spending three years in East Tennessee. She grew up in Klamath Falls, but was born in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Southern Oregon University in Ashland, and completed Masters and Doctorate degrees at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Instead of continuing a career in university teaching and research after graduate school, Hillary took a job as a reporter at KOBI-TV in Medford. This took her back to her Southern Oregon stomping grounds. Hillary covered everything from winter weather to the medical marijuana debate. Her series of reports on a group of Medford high school students who became quarantined while on a summer trip to China because of the H1N1 virus attracted attention from NBC News, CNN, and the BBC. She even got to work with NBC News to file stories for the Today show and NBC Nightly News. The school credited the international media attention for the Chinese government’s decision to release the group after spending two weeks locked up in a hotel.

In 2010, Hillary left the west coast for WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN. She covered stories from tornados and several high-profile trials, to state and local governments and a flag ban on veteran’s graves that resulted in a rule change at federal cemeteries. She was promoted to investigative reporter and regularly filled in on the anchor desk for all of the station’s shows, including moderating its Sunday morning political affairs program.

Hillary earned the 2012 Freedom of Information Award from the Tennessee Associated Press for her lengthy investigation into spending at Knoxville’s Visitor’s Center, which ultimately saved millions of taxpayer dollars. She also earned the 2007 Mary Gardner Award from the Association for Journalism and Mass Communication Education for her doctoral dissertation on gender, news judgment, and television news.

When she’s not in news mode, Hillary enjoys spending time with friends, visiting her family in Southern Oregon, Seattle, Southern California and Texas. Hillary is an avid reader, amateur photographer, and loves to sample the region’s craft beer, wine and, of course, coffee. If the weather’s nice, she likes to run; in the winter, she'll be on the slopes. Hillary is excited to now call Portland the fifth Oregon city she's called home.

Recent stories by Hillary Lake

Local Icy conditions causes big trouble for some Gresham-Barlow students Icy conditions causes big trouble for some Gresham-Barlow students (Video)
Extreme icy conditions caused big trouble for some students in the Gresham-Barlow School District on Friday. Some students and parents feel administrators put students in danger by not canceling classes. The school district acknowledges they don’t always “get it right.”
Local Taking Halloween too far? Taking Halloween too far? (Video)
From the perspective of passers-by, it looked like a limp body with a rope around its neck. Several drivers stopped and took photos of it.
Local Teen killed on train tracks near Gervais Teen killed on train tracks near Gervais (Video)
A Woodburn family is trying to understand why their teenage son was hit and killed by a train five miles from his school where his mom was supposed to pick him up. Police said they’ve discovered the boy had walked on the same tracks before.