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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!

Recent Articles
  • School Administrators Search for Missing Scaffolding

    WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Area School District may have to spend thousands more to put up scaffolding around Coughlin High School for a repair job. School administrators have wanted to put up scaffolding here at Coughlin High School for a few weeks now. The school board thought it’d be able to save some money by using scaffolding they bought a few years ago, until they learned that scaffolding is missing. When word got out a few weeks ago that the […]

  • Still Snipping Hair at 100 Years Old

    Here at Newswatch 16, we’ve shown you a lot of stories about people in our area who turn one hundred years old. But most of them aren’t still working. One barber from Nanticoke is still clipping hair, even today, on his 100th birthday. Every buzz, every snip, every comb through the hair is another reminder to Zelino Vici that he’s been doing this for 79 years of his life. You heard that right. Zelino, or Zel, is a barber in […]

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    Senator Casey Pushes to End Disability Claims Backlog

    KINGSTON —Even after Memorial Day, Senator Bob Casey continued to thank veterans for serving their country. But Casey says when veterans come back home they face a growing problem,  a delay in processing disability claims. It happened to Chuck Pavlack of Kingston. “‘At two-and-a-half years later, it finally got approved. I mean, and I was one of the ones, thanks to my wife, that stayed with it and constantly pushed and pushed,” said Pavlack. Senator casey says on average, it […]

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    State Police: Deadly Fire Intentionally Set

    WILKES-BARRE — A big change in the investigation into a deadly fire that happened last month in Wilkes-Barre. Investigators now say the fire on Wyoming Street that left Laurie Merritt dead was intentionally set. This is the home on Wyoming Street in Wilkes-Barre, where postal carrier Laurie Merritt lost her life in a fire last month, a fire that investigators now say was intentionally set. The latest news gave Merritt’s close friends a sense of relief that justice will eventually […]

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    Veterans Honored at Conyngham Memorial Day Parade

    CONYNGHAM — Crowds decked out in red, white, and blue line the streets of Conyngham, waiting for the first steps of the parade to pass by. There’s a sense of excitement and pride at this Memorial Day parade in the community near Hazleton. “It makes you feel good that people care.” Eighty-six-year-old Joe Mehalick is a World War II veteran, one of only a handful still living in the Conyngham Valley. “We’re getting older for one thing, and we just […]

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    Customer Pistol-Whipped In Violent Robbery

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP -- Police are investigating a violent armed robbery in Luzerne County Friday morning.

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    Power to Save: King’s College Going Green

    WILKES-BARRE — Officials with King’s College in Wilkes-Barre recently bought some more downtown property for the school. Those officials hope to bring a little green to the Diamond City. The northern end of downtown Wilkes-Barre is mostly filled with the brightness of the King’s College campus. But right along campus grounds, there are some sore spots, including three crumbling buildings. “They do need some kind of help or to be taken down or something. It’s been that way for a […]

  • Parks Ready to Sparkle on Memorial Day Weekend

    RYAN TOWNSHIP — Memorial Day weekend, considered the unofficial start of summer, is just around the corner. While many of you are likely digging out the sunscreen and cleaning your outdoor grills, one state park in Schuylkill County is also getting ready for the long weekend ahead. Take a look around Locust Lake State Park in Schuylkill County, and you’ll notice a little sparkle on the lake, already attracting fishermen, dog walkers, and campers a few days before Memorial Day. […]

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    Fire Stopped Quickly In Nanticoke Home

    NANTICOKE -- A fire marshal has been called to investigate a fire that sparked at a home in Luzerne County.

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    Increasing The Punishment For Hit And Runs

    WILKES-BARRE — Of the 5,000 cases the Luzerne County district attorney’s office handles each year, many of them are hit-and-run crashes. In 2012 alone, five deadly hit and runs happened within six months. In some of these cases, the suspects end up serving as little as one year behind bars. But the district attorney wants to change that. Earlier this month, Thomas Letteer was sentenced to two to five years behind bars for a deadly hit and run.  It was […]

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    911 Dispatcher Suspended After Deadly Fire

    MOCANAQUA — The issue of whether the proper fire department was dispatched to a fire that turned out to be deadly in Luzerne County has two county dispatchers suspended without pay from their jobs. The dispatchers put out the call last week for firefighters to respond to home in Mocanaqua. There was chaos Thursday as crews battled a fire at the home on Main Street in Mocananqua. Crews put out the flames, but weren’t able to save the woman inside, […]

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    School Entrances Blocked Due to Structural Concerns

    WILKES-BARRE — Orange fencing was already in place, but Wilkes-Barre police added barricades to further block off a large part of Coughlin High School on North Washington Street. Wilkes-Barre Area’s superintendent says it’s a result of structural concerns with the century-old building. “Bad winter, an aging building, and now these issues have reoccurred a little bit, and again, strictly precautionary,” said Wilkes-Barre Area School District Superintendent Bernard Prevuznak. Those issues are gaps between bricks in the walls and cracks in […]