Hillary Lake


Hillary Lake
Hillary Lake
Hillary Lake joined KATU News as a general assignment reporter in April 2013, and was promoted to On Your Side Investigator in April 2015.

She helped the On Your Side Investigators uncover the troubles with Cover Oregon, the state’s health insurance exchange website, in a year-long investigation. That series of reports led to calls from Oregon lawmakers to shut down the exchange and cut the state’s losses, and ultimately led to state and federal investigators launching probes into the management of Cover Oregon.

Before moving to Portland, Hillary spent three years at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, TN. She covered stories from tornado outbreaks and 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 started her television news career in 2008 as a general assignment reporter at KOBI-TV in Medford. 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 also got to work with NBC News to help 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.

Hillary earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Southern Oregon University, and her Master’s and Doctorate degrees from the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon. She was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and attended high school in Klamath Falls.

Hillary was nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy Award in 2014 for investigative reporting with the On Your Side Investigators. She 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, practicing photography, and running.

Recent stories by Hillary Lake

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