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 Mother of Reynolds High School shooting victim Emilio Hoffman starts non-profit in son's name Mother of Reynolds High School shooting victim Emilio Hoffman starts non-profit in son's name (Video)
The mother of Emilio Hoffman, the Reynolds High School freshman who was shot and killed on campus in June, is fulfilling her promise to not forget her son and help other kids in the community. She’s starting a non-profit organization in Emilio's name that will provide resources to any teen who needs help, especially the like the type of teen who took her son’s life.
Local Portland immigrant takes sanctuary at church (Video)
A community activist who first came to the U.S. from El Salvador nearly two decades ago spent the weekend hidden in a Portland church, becoming the latest immigrant to seek sanctuary as authorities try to deport him.
Local PSU confronts sexual assault, makes it a campus issue PSU confronts sexual assault, makes it a campus issue (Video)
Portland State University has taken steps to overhaul the attitude toward sexual assault on its campus. University leaders started an honest conversation with students about the issue in a way that's forcing them to take notice.
Local UO professor: 'There's been a refusal to be open in terms of what happened' UO professor: 'There's been a refusal to be open in terms of what happened' (Video)
A professor on the University of Oregon’s Faculty Senate Task Force to Address Sexual Violence and Survivor Support said surprised by what the KATU News On Your Side Investigators uncovered about the timing of the university’s internal investigation of alleged sexual assaults by three basketball players.