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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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    Has the Missing Obama Statue Been Found? See Where It Was Spotted

    BEAR CREEK — The Obama statue that was stolen from a woman in Wilkes-Barre appears to be found. A viewer sent in an email claiming that the missing decoration was found by a man at the Francis E. Walter Dam in Bear Creek.  Below is the picture attached to the email. Newswatch 16 has yet to learn if the statue’s owner has reunited with her prized presidential statue. The owner said her President Obama statue was stolen from her porch […]

  • Missing: President Obama Statue

    WILKES-BARRE — Missing: a life-size statue of President Obama. Someone swiped the statue off the porch of a home in Wilkes-Barre, and it upset the owner so much, she ended up in a hospital. It took Tiffany Bruce months to save up for a decorative piece to spruce up her new home in Wilkes-Barre. “That statue was actually $1249,” Bruce said. That statue is a life-size statue of President Obama. “I just wanted to wait until I got it on […]

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    The Marching Colonels Ready for Debut

    WILKES-BARRE — For some students, the idea of attending Wilkes university is starting to sound a little sweeter. The school in Luzerne County is getting ready to debut its first ever marching band. Wilkes University football players are making huge strides getting ready for the season ahead, but something has always been missing from the field. There’s nothing like some good tunes to get pumped up for a game. “It just ups everybody’s game. It’s a wonderful opportunity for all […]

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    Neighbor: Fire Set Over “Pooper Scooper”

    MINERSVILLE — A fire that police considered suspicious on Thursday night is now called arson and one man has already been charged for the crime in Schuylkill County. Minersville police said Joseph DeFalco lit his own house on fire. Crews worked to clean up the home on North Second Street in Minersville. The home has smoke and water damage after a fire sparked next door the evening before. Police said Joseph DeFalco, 49, lit his own home on fire. “I […]

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    Alternate Routes = Alternate Traffic

    MOOSIC — You could call it a mess in Moosic: Birney Avenue backed up, cars crawling at tortoise speed, and drivers discouraged, to say the least. “It’s aggravating. It’s dead stopped, trying to go on all the side streets, and there’s no beating it, no beating it at all,” said Conrad Thiel of Taylor. An early morning salt truck crash on I-81 southbound near the airport slowed up the interstate. With all the drivers trying to avoid 81, they’re getting […]

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    DA: Contractor Took $450,000 From Elderly Homeowner

    SHENANDOAH — Investigators in Schuylkill County are trying to find a contractor who allegedly ripped off an elderly man in Shenandoah. Schuylkill County detectives say Anthony Montanari a contractor from Weston in Luzerne County took more than $450,000 from an elderly man in Shenandoah Heights, promising to do work on his home that was never finished. Now detectives say one part of the man’s home is dangerous for him to use. The money was paid to Montanari over several years […]

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    Giving Back One Pet At A Time

    PITTSTON —  Newswatch 16 reports on a lot of animal cruelty and abuse stories. They always get a lot of reaction from viewers. On Thursday, Newswatch 16 talked with a veterinarian in Pittston who helps nurse animals back to good health and he does it all for free. Giving Jack a shot is pretty painful but it’s nothing compared to the pain he suffered over the last few weeks. The nonprofit organization One Dog at a Time brought the dog […]

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    Power To Save: The Wonderful World Of Water

    KINGSTON TOWNSHIP — A summer camp in Luzerne County gives kids the Power to Save: Water Camp. School’s out for summer but learning is still in at the Wonderful World of Water Camp at the Lands at Hillside Farms. “We’re able to learn about how important water is on the farm. The kids are learning about the watershed, the water cycle, how we use water, how much fun water can be obviously in the creek,” said Pennsylvania American Water official […]

  • No Arrests In Schuylkill County Attempted Homicide

    WAYNE TOWNSHIP — A man from Schuylkill County remains in the hospital days after he was shot outside his home. No one has been charged, and neighbors said they have no idea who would want to kill him or why. It’s been two days since troopers said someone tried to kill Richard Behney at his home near Pine Grove, but all the evidence is still there: blood splattered on the house and truck where Behney was shot Monday morning. “The cops […]

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    Autopsy Done On Baby Found In Trash

    MIDDLEPORT — We’re learning more about what happened last week at a home in Schuylkill County where the remains of an infant were found Tuesday. We learned that it was other people who lived in that house who discovered the baby. According to court papers, they found the little girl after they smelled a strong odor while taking out the trash. Police tape remains in a trash can outside the home in Blythe Township where a dead baby girl was […]

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    Body Of Baby Found In Trash

    BLYTHE TOWNSHIP — Police have charged a woman with abuse of corpse and concealing the death of a baby girl. Tara Paltanavage, 22, is locked up in the Schuylkill County prison. The coroner tells us the body of a newborn was found in the trash early Tuesday morning along Winfield Drive near Middleport. State police spent several hours digging through the trash looking for evidence. At this point, it’s not clear how the baby girl died. “I think it’s a […]

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    Preparing for Demolition in Shenandoah

    SHENANDOAH — It’s never a good sign when much of a building lies next to the property instead of being attached to it. Part of a building on North White Street in Shenandoah collapsed Friday. “You can’t walk one block in this town and see a nice street. There’s blight everywhere,” said Barbara Kilker of Shenandoah. Kilker’s brother lives on the street. She says it took a partial collapse for borough officials to finally do something about the building. “They […]

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