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
  • Two Schools Get State Grants for Improvements

    WILKES-BARRE — There was lots of applause and lots of smiles as Governor Tom Corbett made an announcement worth $6 million. The commonwealth is giving $3 million to King’s College and another $3 million to Wilkes University to expand their programs. Both King’s and Wilkes are private schools . They competed with public universities for the state grant money. “The students that attend here, the people who work here, are all part of the taxpayers of Pennsylvania, and so this […]

  • Billboards Aimed to Help with Manhunt

    WILKES-BARRE — Billboards are now up all over the area telling people to be on the lookout for Eric Frein. His face is also being shown on lottery machines. Frein is now number two on the FBI’s most wanted list. Both drivers and the governor hope this will help police track him down. Digital billboards are constantly rotating pictures and ads. Added to the rotation now is the face of alleged killer Eric Frein. “I think it`s a very good […]

  • Body Found in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — Neighbors who live in Interfaith Heights Apartments in Wilkes-Barre woke up Thursday morning to yellow tape, police everywhere, and a man’s body lying in the middle of a field inside the complex. “I actually came out to put my three year old on the school bus this morning, and the cops came flying in,” said one neighbor who did not want to give her name. She said she didn’t hear anything overnight, but another neighbor says he did. […]

  • Law Enforcement Officials React To Trooper Shooting

    DALLAS TOWNSHIP — The shooting of a state trooper has law enforcement officials across our area focusing on keeping themselves and their departments safe, secure, and vigilant. But the shooting also brings back memories for police in Dallas Township where two officers were shot in 1986. With a suspect still on the loose and funeral plans underway for State Police Cpl. Bryon Dickson, law enforcement officials across the area are mourning the loss of a fellow officer. “It’s just tragic, […]

  • Shooter, Victim Identified in Scranton Murder-Suicide

    SCRANTON — The Lackawanna County coroner released the names on Monday of the victims of a murder-suicide in Scranton. It happened Sunday night and it appears it began with a neighborhood feud. According to the coroner, Anthony Collins, 54, of Scranton died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.  His death is ruled a homicide. Thomas Campion, 65, of Scranton died as a result of a single gunshot wound.  His death has been ruled suicide. The side of a car […]

  • Wyoming Valley Remembers 9/11 Train Tragedy from 1950

    WILKES-BARRE — It’s not just the 13th anniversary of the attacks of September 11, it’s also the anniversary of another tragedy that happened 64 years ago. A train wreck killed 33 soldiers from the 109th Artillery in Wilkes-Barre. Veterans laid wreaths and members of the 109th Artillery in Wilkes-Barre saluted as dozens of people gathered to remember the lives lost on this day in years past. “Today we don’t have all of the patriotic spirit that we used to have […]

  • Casino Money to Spruce Up Luzerne County

    PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP — Millions of dollars in gaming money are being put toward repair and cleanup projects all across Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania. The Coal Street Bridge in Plymouth Township is narrow. The concrete is cracked and the guardrails are worn. Blame it on flash flooding that washed out the bridge in July 2011. Neighbors remember it well. “They had a lot of junk in the yard and all that junk come down, blocked the bridge here, and all the […]

  • Strike Plans Cancelled in Abington Heights S.D.

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — Teachers in the Abington Heights School District in Lackawanna County will not be going on strike this Thursday as originally planned. They called off their strike as negotiation sessions continue, and in the midst of a lot of public scrutiny. Four days into the school year and students are just starting to get comfortable at South Abington Elementary. The teachers’ strike planned for Thursday would have put it all on pause. “Since they just started last […]

  • Students Get in Volunteer Spirit at University of Scranton

    SCRANTON — Some students spent Tuesday morning looking for a chance to give back to their community. About 70 nonprofit groups and roughly 1,000 students showed up for the annual event at the university of Scranton. For volunteer-run nonprofits like Friends of the Poor this is one of the best ways to recruit young, excited volunteers. “It’s very challenging, but it’s also inspiring to see all of the people who want to give back,” said Sister Ann Walsh with Friends […]

  • Football Fans React to Ray Rice Video

    SCRANTON — In February, video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice surfaced. It showed him dragging his then-fiance out of an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Once TMZ released the video, Rice was suspended for two games. But now, another video was released by TMZ. Photos taken from that video show him and his now-wife inside the elevator. They show Rice punching her and dragging her out of the elevator. It’s a violent scene that […]

  • Lottery Winner Becomes Millionaire

    NEWTON TOWNSHIP — There’s a new millionaire in Lackawanna County.  Someone bought a million dollar winning lottery ticket Sunday at Ayers’ Country Market near Clarks Summit. People who work and shop at the store are excited to hear about the lottery winner, and maybe a little jealous, too. The lottery promises to bring your dreams to life in the hopes you’ll win a million dollars. The owner of Ayer’s Country Market near Clarks Summit says that dream came true for […]

  • Shots Fired at Interfaith Heights in Wilkes-Barre

    WILKES-BARRE — It’s starting to seem again like it’s just about every day we hear of shots fired in Wilkes-Barre. It happened again this morning. Now the issue has some wondering if the trouble-makers are moving from one housing complex to another. The sound of gunshots was heard several times this week at Interfaith Heights Apartments in Wilkes-Barre. Newswatch 16 spoke with this man who lives in the complex, but did not want to be identified. He says he, his […]

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