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 Portland pipe bomb suspect shows history of running from police Portland pipe bomb suspect shows history of running from police (Video)
A man wanted in connection with four pipe bombs thrown out of a car in Southeast Portland remains on the run. New information about Panschow’s criminal past shows he has a history of running from police. He did it in Benton County in 2006, and also in Tillamook County earlier this year.
Local Prosecutors: Woman planned to throw son off Yaquina Bay Bridge Prosecutors: Woman planned to throw son off Yaquina Bay Bridge (Video)
Prosecutors told a judge that 34-year-old Jillian McCabe searched Google for the terms “guilty but insane” and “not guilty by reason of insanity” before she threw her 6-year-old son, London, off the bridge the night of Nov. 3.
Local Part of holiday tree-lighting tradition put on hold in Colton community Part of holiday tree-lighting tradition put on hold in Colton community (Video)
It's the season for annual tree lightings in cities across the Northwest. But part of that holiday tradition is on hold for the Colton community. The decision to change the fanfare that comes before the tree starts to twinkle came down to either a new public utility for everyone in town or Christmas as usual.
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.”