Hillary Lake


Hillary Lake
Hillary Lake
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 Planned Parenthood Exec. Dir.: Women's health care caught in political fight Planned Parenthood Exec. Dir.: Women's health care caught in political fight (Video)
The United States Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby ruling has started a battle over birth control. Senate Democrats are working to make sure women have access to contraceptives no matter what. Senate Republicans have already rejected one new proposed law. A local mother, who’s the Executive Director of Portland’s Planned Parenthood, believes women’s health care is now caught in the middle of a political fight.
Local Friends, family of Reynolds HS shooting victim celebrate his 15th birthday Friends, family of Reynolds HS shooting victim celebrate his 15th birthday (Video)
It’s been a little over a month since Emilio Hoffman was shot and killed by a classmate at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Not a day has gone by where his close friends and family aren’t heart-sick about his death. But, more than 100 people who knew Emilio well gathered Tuesday evening to celebrate his birthday.
Local Beaverton swim instructor accused of child sex abuse Beaverton swim instructor accused of child sex abuse (Video)
Police have arrested a 17-year-old swim coach from Beaverton who is accused of sexually abusing two young girls at an athletic club. Mitchell Alan Douglas Kelly was a swimming instructor at Sunset Athletic Center at 13939 NW Cornell Road since October 2013.