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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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    Pierogi Festival Heats Up In Edwardsville

    EDWARDSVILLE — If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, and if you’re hungry, the first ever Edwardsville Pierogi Festival is now underway in Luzerne County. Organizers hope that it’s successful enough this weekend to bring it back next year. Organizers and vendors say they want to give people a reason to visit downtown Edwardsville. As the tents went up, pierogis are dropping down into the pot, cooking up something delicious for Edwardsville’s first-ever pierogi festival. “I think it’s […]

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    New High School in Wilkes-Barre?

    WILKES-BARRE — For weeks there have been questions about whether two high schools in Wilkes-Barre are structurally sound. Now the Wilkes-Barre area school district is now considering building a new school. A crack here, a crumble there, and suddenly caution tape surrounds not one, but two, high schools in the Wilkes-Barre Area School District, leaving the parents of children at Coughlin and Meyers High Schools to wonder what’s next. “It poses a major concern because I still have one more […]

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    Slain Army Captain Returns To Orwigsburg

    ORWIGSBURG — Capt. Jason Jones of Orwigsburg will be buried at West Point, where he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, but first he made a final stop where he was born and raised in Schuylkill County. Officials say about 1,500 people came out to pay their respects to Capt. Jones in Orwigsburg on Wednesday. Only about 3,000 people live in the borough altogether, a big turnout for the soldier that people in Schuylkill County call a local hero. An […]

  • Going for Gold at the Special Olympics

    PITTSTON TOWNSHIP — For the first time in almost 10 years, someone from Luzerne County will compete in the National Special Olympics. Friends and family held a special sendoff for the area athlete today. If you’ve ever shopped at Redner’s Market in Pittston Township, you probably know Gino Gratalo. He pushes carts and bags groceries. “He’s almost like a one line comic machine.” Little did you know, he’s also a Special Olympian. “I’m just going to go there, try my […]

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    Pets Perish In Pringle Fire

    PRINGLE —  Two dogs died in a fire at home in Luzerne County. The fire broke out before 9 a.m. Tuesday in the home on Cooper Street in Pringle. Officials said firefighters we not able to save two dogs. The fire chief said one man was taken to the hospital. There is no word on the cause of the fire. Pringle fire chief says two dogs died in fire. One man taken to hospital for evaluation but expected to be […]

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    Students Mourn Loss of Soon-to-Be Graduate

    HAZLE TOWNSHIP — Seniors and faculty at Hazleton Area High School are mourning the sudden loss of a student who was set to graduate in just a few days. Maintenance crews at Hazleton Area High School are getting campus ready for graduation. More than 700 seniors will accept their diplomas on Wednesday, but one chair will be empty, the chair for 18-year-old senior Kelly Flores. “She would tell everybody how excited, how excited she was to graduate and go on […]

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    Building Demolition Impacting Businesses Downtown

    WILKES-BARRE — It’s been eight months since several buildings in danger of collapsing were demolished in downtown Wilkes-Barre. The remaining businesses along that stretch of South Main Street what were forced to temporarily leave are empty again. What was once was a historic building in downtown Wilkes-Barre is now empty. “A lot of stores are closing down. They’re cutting back on hours. They’re firing people, and how is that supposed to help anybody?” asked Terrisa Dorr of Wilkes-Barre. The Frank […]

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    Charges Dismissed Against Selenski Lawyer, Investigator

    ROYALTON, DAUPHIN COUNTY — A magistrate on Wednesday dismissed tampering and obstruction charges against Hugo Selenski’s ex-lawyer Shelley Centini, and private investigator James Sulima. Selenski, his court-appointed attorney, Shelley Centini, and private investigator and former Pittston police officer, James Sulima, all faced charges ranging from witness intimidation to solicitation of perjury. It was eleven years ago this week that the remains of five bodies were found buried on Hugo Selenski’s property, and to this day he has not been convicted […]

  • Community Rallies Together to Try to Reopen Pool

    BRIAR CREEK TOWNSHIP — Its water is green. It’s home to ducks and tadpoles and other stuff. But the Ber Vaughn pool in Ber Vaughn Park near Berwick may soon reopen after two years of still waters. “As far as I know, I think the underground plumbing was leaking in it. So Berwick borough shut the pool down,” said Berwick Area Pool Authority vice president Joshua Kishbaugh. The Berwick Area Pool Authority took control of the pool two years ago, […]

  • 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 […]