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

KATU Investigators Grand Ronde Tribe, Willamina School Board at odds over tribal flag display Grand Ronde Tribe, Willamina School Board at odds over tribal flag display (Video)
The Willamina School District and the Grand Ronde tribe are at odds over a request to hang the tribal flag in the high school gym. Tribal leaders pressed the school board for a quick decision a few weeks ago. The school board said 'not so fast'. Now, the tribe has to wait another month for an answer.
KATU Investigators Man gets 6 months in jail for DUI-marijuana crash that killed pedestrian Man gets 6 months in jail for DUI-marijuana crash that killed pedestrian (Video)
A Milwaukie man will spend six months in jail for killing another man in Vancouver while driving under the influence of marijuana. A judge handed down the sentence to Scott Rowles in court on Tuesday. The family of Donald Collins, the man who died, doesn’t believe the punishment fits the crime.
Local Vancouver grandmother, 70, earns college degree Vancouver grandmother, 70, earns college degree (Video)
A Vancouver grandmother is proving age doesn't matter when it comes to setting goals and achieving them. She should be retiring. Instead, she’s preparing to put on a cap and gown and pick up a college diploma.
Local Mayor proposes Portland's 1st official beach along Willamette Mayor proposes Portland's 1st official beach along Willamette (Video)
A new city park in Southeast Portland is set for development if City Council approves the mayor’s proposed budget in next month. It would also be the city’s first “official” public beach. The goal is to make it a place for everyone to enjoy even though it’s near a spot where some of the city’s homeless population likes to rest and cool off.
KATU Investigators Martial arts coach explains how to keep kids safe in wake of sexual abuse case Martial arts coach explains how to keep kids safe in wake of sexual abuse case (Video)
Portland police are looking for new sexual abuse victims of a martial arts instructor who committed suicide in a Deschutes County Jail over the weekend although they haven’t identified any yet, according to a spokesman. Another martial arts coach believes parents can look for several things, aside from background checks, to make sure kids are safe in any coaching environment.