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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
  • UPDATE: Arrests Made in Rock-Throwing Incident that Critically Injured Woman

    WHITE DEER TOWNSHIP — Two people are now charged with Thursday night’s rock throwing incident that left a woman in critical condition.  Police charged Brett Lahr, 18, and Dylan Lahr, 17, both of New Columbia with aggravated assault.  State police said they are looking for two more juvenilesuspects. Newswatch 16’s Dave Bohman talked to a family who lives near where the woman was hurt by a rock that was thrown through her windshield. The Johnson family lives 100 feet from […]

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    Power Problems Spark Demand For Generators

    HARVEYS LAKE — People across Luzerne County are also still cleaning up from Tuesday’s storm and there are still thousands without power, making generators a hot commodity. Both the Lowe’s in Edwardsville and Wilkes-Barre Township sold out of generators Wednesday. The Edwardsville store got a new shipment Thursday morning and shared with the other store. We found a lot of people at Harveys Lake who are still relying on generators. Throughout Luzerne County, they have become a prized possession. “We […]

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    Former Bank Demolished in Luzerne County

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP — For years, it was a bank in Luzerne County. Then it became part of a store. Now what people call a landmark in Plains Township is being torn down. Layer by layer, pieces of Plains Township history tumbled to the ground. “I don’t like it, but I guess we have to get used to it.” The former Citizens Bank building is coming down after years on the corner of Main and West Carey Streets. Dorothy Giuli remembers […]

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    Power To Save: Sunshine For Shopping Center Energy

    EDWARDSVILLE — The Gateway Shopping Center in Edwardsville is a well-known place to shop in Luzerne County, but you might not know that its roof is lined with solar panels. Now the owner is thinking about doing the same thing at another one of his shopping centers. “Thousands of dollars over the year, yeah, thousands and thousands.” In Edwardsville at the Gateway Shopping Center, the sun is saving thousands of dollars for tenants, thanks to solar panels blanketing the shopping […]

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    From Blight to Bright in Hazleton

    HAZLETON — Blighted properties have been a problem within Hazleton for years, but a map circulating online shows there are 84 condemned, vacant properties just sitting there waiting to be dealt with. City leaders say they’re too cash-strapped to fix it all at once. With cracked windows, dangling wires, and broken siding, it’s not hard to find this blight in the city of Hazleton, where a new interactive map circulating online shows more than 80 buildings sit condemned. The map […]

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    Attention Customers: Get Out of the Store

    SCRANTON — Some shoppers at Gerrity’s Supermarket in Scranton had to get out of the store so fast, that they left their groceries and shopping carts behind, all because someone phoned in a bomb threat to the store on Meadow Avenue. Few cars, but lots of people filled the parking lot of the Meadow Avenue Gerrity’s in Scranton Monday afternoon as a dog sniffed out the supermarket, looking for a bomb. “I think there’s some people out there that are […]

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    PJ’s In Peckville Closing For Good

    PECKVILLE — A business that’s been in Lackawanna County for about a half century is closing soon for good. PJ’s Home Center in Peckville notified customers this week it’s going out of business. The storefront at PJ’s Home Center on Sturges Road in Peckville is covered in ‘Going out of Business’ signs. While employees took inventory inside, customers who showed up outside were turned away. “It’s been around for a long time. My dad always shopped here. That’s why I […]

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    Crashing a Fourth of July Party

    FRANCES SLOCUM STATE PARK — There’s nothing like a little ambush to start your holiday weekend. “”Hi there, guys. How are ya?” a Newswatch 16 reporter asked. “Hi!” “Happy Fourth of July!” “Thank you, you too!” “I came to crash your party.” These are the Shotwells, six brothers and sisters who organize a family reunion here at Frances Slocum State Park in Luzerne County every Fourth of July, with all the children, grandchildren, and cousins. “How many people are there […]

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    Getting Ready for Fourth of July Weekend

    WILKES-BARRE — Preparing for the Fourth of July weekend is no small feat. “The grocery store was very busy this morning. I got there about nine o’clock, and they were very busy already,” said Diane Dekmar of Kingston. “I got corn on the cob, and down there, I have to look and see what else they got.” July Fourth grill items and goodies are on display at the front of this Schiel’s Family Market in Wilkes-Barre making it even easier […]

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    Woman Charged with Stealing from Dead Aunt

    PITTSTON — A woman from Luzerne County was arrested Wednesday for allegedly stealing from her dead aunt. The accused spoke out, telling Newswatch 16 she did nothing wrong. Donna Deleo tried to hide from our cameras as police walked her into a magistrate’s office in Pittston. That’s where she was arraigned on theft charges, accused of stealing more than $20,000 from her dead aunt, Loretta Musto. But on her way out of court, Deleo spoke up. “Why did you take […]

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    Pierce Street Bridge Ready to Reopen

    WILKES-BARRE — The ride for drivers in the Wyoming Valley should get easier. Construction on the Pierce Street Bridge connecting Wilkes-Barre and Kingston is coming to an end. If you’ve driven over the Pierce Street Bridge between Kingston and Wilkes-Barre in the past couple of years, you probably know it’s been a little hectic. “Felt longer than three years. Felt like about five years.” “You felt like you were kind of white-knuckling it because there was such a small corridor.” […]

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    Building a Future in Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE — It takes tools to build a house, and volunteers to build a home. “You get to meet the partner family and their relatives, and really develop a sense of community as we’re building a home for them.” Wyoming Valley Habitat for Humanity has laid the foundation for a new family to move into this space on Green Street in Edwardsville. “There was a home here that had burned down in a fire. The borough took over the property […]


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