Gina Lazara

Reporter

Gina Lazara
Gina Lazara
Reporter
Gina Lazara has wanted to be a television news reporter for as long as she can remember. She has always been passionate about storytelling and loves being the first one to know the news!

Gina graduated from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She earned her degree in broadcast journalism with two minors in political science and child & family studies. She was born and raised up the road from Syracuse making her a lifelong 'Cuse fan! Go Orange!

During her time in college, Gina interned twice with Syracuse's ABC station, WSYR-TV. When she was a junior, she studied abroad in Florence, Italy. There, she interned with an Italian online news station, FlorenceTV, where she was their English reporter. The summer before her senior year, she interned with FOX 5 New York/WNYW-TV. She loved being able to experience the really fast-paced news life in NYC!

If you see Gina around, feel free to say hi or shoot her an email if you have a story idea you want covered.

Recent stories by Gina Lazara

Local DOE pays for students to learn at local colleges (New) DOE pays for students to learn at local colleges (Video)
Major deadlines will have operations at Hanford continuing far into the future. So the DOE has been working ahead to train potential employees. The department is sponsoring degrees specific to work at Hanford. KEPR found out just how successful this program is, after four years in action.
Local Hazmat concern prompted evacuation of hundreds Hazmat concern prompted evacuation of hundreds (Video)
Hundreds of people are finally allowed back in their homes after a hazmat threat involving a Pasco truck. The big rig tipped in College Place, carrying 15,000 gallons of ammonia. KEPR shows how crews carefully emptied the gas and eliminated the danger.
Local Bigger and better Fall Festivals Bigger and better Fall Festivals (Video)
It's officially fall and that means many of you will be looking for "fall things" to be doing over the course of the next few weekends. Well KEPR has you covered. We went to our local fall festivals to find out what's new and exciting for you and your families to explore this year.
Home Baby killer sentenced to life behind bars Baby killer sentenced to life behind bars (Video)
A man who plead guilty to raping and killing a little baby was sentenced to life behind bars today. Jose Aguilar took the life of nine month old Serenity Reedy last June. But Aguilar will get the chance to have his case looked at by a review board after 40 years. KEPR was in court today to hear Serenity's family address Aguilar and to hear Aguilar himself address the court.
Home New irrigation system at Howard Amon starts with an archaeological dig New irrigation system at Howard Amon starts with an archaeological dig (Video)
If you've been to Howard Amon Park recently, you've probably seen a bunch of big holes. It's all part of a cultural resource study by the city of Richland. The city is looking to find anything of historical value. And that's not all they are doing. This project is the start to an entire new irrigation system in the park.
Local People living in RV on school grounds got permission People living in RV on school grounds got permission (Video)
Some of you pointed out to us, an RV camped out in a parking lot belonging to Jason Lee Elementary for over a week, with people living in it! A few of you described seeing the couple watching the kids at recess. After talking with neighbors, many of you were stunned as to why law enforcement hadn't kicked them out yet. KEPR spoke with the mysterious pair as well as the Richland School District and got to the bottom of it.
Local Home burglaries down across Tri-Cities Home burglaries down across Tri-Cities (Video)
The KEPR Crime Tracker found homes are being broken into less frequently now that we are approaching the colder months. KEPR asked Kennewick Police why this could be and what you should do to make sure you don't become a victim.
Home CBC endowments at all time high CBC endowments at all time high (Video)
Millions of dollars in scholarship money are up for grabs at CBC. The number is higher than the college has ever seen for endowments. But the problem is, students are also paying more than ever for tuition. The gap has widened and KEPR found how this impacts those looking for higher education.
Local Alleged rape victim claims Franklin County Prosecutors handled case poorly Alleged rape victim claims Franklin County Prosecutors handled case poorly (Video)
Two families agree: an alleged rape victim isn't getting justice. Those families include the father of the attacker himself. They say the Franklin County Prosecutor never should have struck a deal with the teenager accused of raping his former fiance. They go so far as to call the young man "dangerous" and said the prosecutor is lying. KEPR asked the tough questions to learn why the deal was made.
Local How good are the nursing homes in Tri-Cities? How good are the nursing homes in Tri-Cities? (Video)
Putting a parent or family member in a nursing home is a major decision. And knowing our state gets nearly a failing grade for care, is no comfort to the caretakers. KEPR poured over the records from Families for Better Care to examine our five Tri-Cities nursing homes. We found they were big contributors to bringing the state's grade down.