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 Doctors seek answers in childrens' sudden paralysis Doctors seek answers in childrens' sudden paralysis (Video)
Two little girls are suffering from sudden paralysis after they were diagnosed with Enterovirus. It's a condition slowly popping up the country, but doctors aren't sure if Enterovirus is actually what's causing these children to be paralyzed. Instead, they’re calling it a medical mystery.
Local Family of teen girl hit in Gresham crosswalk wants lights installed soon Family of teen girl hit in Gresham crosswalk wants lights installed soon (Video)
Family of one of the teenage girls hit by a car in front of Centennial High School in Gresham believes that accident could have been prevented. They want the city to put up the new crosswalk lights it has promised as quickly as possible. Right now, their main focus is on their daughter's healing.
Local Where to watch the Ducks vs. Bucks in the Portland area Where to watch the Ducks vs. Bucks in the Portland area (Video)
The College Football Playoff National Championship Game is just a few days away. For people who aren't going to Texas to watch it in person, there are many options in the Portland area to watch with other fans. We've selected five great places to eat, drink, and cheer on the Ducks or the Bucks.