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Lara is a Jersey girl, born and bred! She’s originally from East Brunswick, near Rutgers University.

Lara joined the Newswatch 16 team in July 2012 as a multi-media journalist, shooting, writing, and editing her own stories.

She comes to WNEP from Your News Now, or YNN, a 24-hour cable news station in Syracuse, NY. She worked in the Corning/Elmira Bureau for two years, where much of her time was spent in Pennsylvania’s Northern Tier, covering gas drilling and the devastating 2011 flood. She was part of the YNN team that won a Syracuse Press Club Award for flood coverage throughout the Twin Tiers.

Lara started her career in news while studying at Syracuse University, where she graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and minors in Music Industry and Spanish. While at school, Lara spent four months studying abroad in Madrid, Spain, where she learned to speak Spanish almost fluently. She also interned with WPIX-11, the CW affiliate in New York City and the nationally-syndicated radio show Elvis Duran and the Morning Show.

She is thrilled to live in Northeast Pennsylvania and get to know the region.

A self-proclaimed pop culture junkie, Lara loves to see movies and watch TV. She’s also an avid reader and has a blog, where she reviews the books she reads. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family and friends in New Jersey and New York City.

If you’ve got a story idea, send Lara an email, or follow her on Facebook and Twitter @LaraReports. She’d love to hear from you!


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    KISS Theatre Raising Money for Renovations

    WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP — A day-long fundraising event is now underway for the new KISS Theatre in Luzerne County. The nonprofit theatre organization for kids was forced out of the Wyoming Valley Mall earlier this year, and is now renovating space in the east end Centre. It’s big, it’s dirty, and it’s loud. But workers here at the East End Centre in Wilkes-Barre Township are getting the show on the road, cleaning up this space for the KISS Theatre. “Sixteen feet […]

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    KISS Theatre Raising Money for Renovations

    Here’s the link to donate to KISS Theatre. Donations are being accepted until midnight.

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    How to Avoid Falling Victim to Contractors

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP — The Attorney General’s office accused contractors of not completing the jobs they were paid to do and not properly registering their companies. On Thursday, Newswatch 16 spoke to people about how you can better protect yourself when dealing with contractors because more contractors are turning up in the news, accused of theft and incomplete work. Now the Attorney General’s office announced it’s taking legal action against eight contractors across Pennsylvania for violating state regulations, not completing paid-for […]

  • Woman in Hospital After Cemetery Fence Rescue

    HAZLETON — A woman who was impaled yesterday on a wrought-iron fence in Hazleton remains in the hospital tonight, but is expected to be okay. Fire officials said the woman was trying to hop the fence surrounding the Diamond Avenue Cemetery in Hazleton Tuesday. A spoke stabbed six inches deep into her thigh. Police have not released the woman’s name. Deputy Fire Chief Brian Mandak was one of the people who helped save the woman. “It looked to me like […]

  • Parent Cleans Up Playground Covered in Sand

    HAZLETON — Imagine this: a preschool director goes in to work to find the preschool playground covered in sand. It happened in Hazleton, but after the school announced it would have to close the playground, one preschool parent spent the day cleaning up the mess. A preschool playground should be a happy place, but not this week at the playground for the Helping Hands Society in Hazleton. “The teachers brought children out on the playground yesterday and they came right […]

  • Nuisance Bar in West Hazleton?

    WEST HAZLETON — Police are focusing attention on a bar they call a nuisance to the community. They said they’ve been called to the place several times since it opened in March. It’s in a section of West Hazleton that is quiet during the day, but in the evening, it’s a different story. “It`s too loud. I don`t want it bothering my kids. It kind of irritates me, especially during the summer. You have the window open, and you can […]

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    Israelis Not Worried About Flight Ban To Israel

    WILKES-BARRE — Even though flights from the U.S. to Israel are banned for 24 hours, people who live in our area and have family in Israel, or strong ties to the country, say if they could, they would go in a heartbeat. We spoke with an Israeli-American dual citizen in Wilkes-Barre. He’s the executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance. He’s lived in Israel on and off for 25 years and still has family there. He says this FAA flight […]

  • Farmer: Corn Destroyed by Vandals

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — A well-known farmer in our area is out a lot of crop and several hundred dollars after his cornfield in Luzerne County was vandalized over the weekend. Farmer Larry O’Malia believes ATV riders drove through the cornfield at O’Malia Farm and Greenhouse, destroying hundreds of ears of corn and costing him lots of time and money. “It ended up happening in a field which we’re about one week away from picking,” O’Malia said. O’Malia said tire tracks […]

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    Ukrainians from Our Area React to Plane Tragedy

    BERWICK — It was a plane crash heard around the world, a Malaysian flight carrying nearly 300 people shot down in Ukraine. It was a crash that grabbed the attention of many, but had particular meaning for people of Ukrainian descent. “Since I am very pro-Ukrainian, my initial reaction was it was the Russian separatists that are fighting the Ukrainian government,” said Fr. John Seniw. Fr. John Seniw is the pastor at the SS Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church […]

  • Tipsy Turtle #3 Coming to Luzerne Co.

    DUPONT — Consider it a work in progress turning an empty former restaurant into third Tipsy Turtle restaurant location with hopes of drawing in customers from all over. “We repainted the whole place, replaced carpeting, adding the Turtle spin to it, some TVs,” said Tipsy Turtle co-partner Jack Walker. The Tipsy Turtle will replace the Damon’s and Midtown Sports Bar that used to house this building right near the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport. It’ll be the largest Turtle spot with double […]

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    Police: Girl Attacked at a Park in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — A girl was attacked Monday evening in Kirby Park in Wilkes-Barre. Police said the girl, who is under 18, told them that a man sexually assaulted her around 5 p.m., dragging her into the woods near the Market Street Bridge, telling her not to tell anyone. “It’s scary because I’ve come down here at five and walked around and you just never know,” said Rich Karlotski of Plymouth. Karlotski said he plays ball at Kirby Park a couple […]

  • Tornado Touched Down in Luzerne County

    FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — The National Weather Service in Binghamton now says a tornado is to blame for the damage found across the county in Fairmount Township in Luzerne County. “We definitely saw a clear path, and we had some eyewitness reports of seeing what looked like a funnel come through,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Brewster. Besides Fairmount Township where the tornado hit, a National Weather Service crew also looked at damaged parts of Franklin Township, outside Dallas. That’s […]