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

Politics New man in charge of Cover Oregon makes no guarantees, wants to restore public trust New man in charge of Cover Oregon makes no guarantees, wants to restore public trust(Video)
Three days on the job, the new man running Cover Oregon is getting a grasp on what may end up giving him a run for his money. Clyde Hamstreet won't guarantee he can fix all that's gone wrong with the website for the state's health insurance exchange. He knows all he can do is try.
Local Sheriff's deputy won't be disciplined for Facebook posts Sheriff's deputy won't be disciplined for Facebook posts(Video)
A Clackamas County Sheriff’s deputy won't be punished for posting photos of his police work on his personal Facebook page, and then making fun of the people and things in them. An internal investigation has wrapped up that determined Deputy Robby Nashif didn’t do anything wrong.
KATU Investigators Cover Oregon confessions: Are they playing games with your health? Cover Oregon confessions: Are they playing games with your health?(Video)
Conversations with one current and one former Cover Oregon application processor revealed an unprofessional processing system that encourages workers to push applications through at all costs, while at times doing little to protect taxpayer money or privacy.
Local Many young people don't see cost-benefit of buying health insurance by deadline Many young people don't see cost-benefit of buying health insurance by deadline(Video)
Open enrollment for Cover Oregon ends on March 31st if you want coverage this year. All along, the state health insurance exchange was counting on young people, between ages 18 to 34, to sign up to keep costs down for everyone. But, that’s not happening—a trend that’s not surprising to some insurance brokers.