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

Home Stabbing victim's girlfriend says she's sick from her loss Stabbing victim's girlfriend says she's sick from her loss (Video)
KEPR is continuing to follow the murder at a Kennewick plasma donation center. We got our first look at the suspect in court Tuesday. Witnesses told police, Matthew de Vore called the victim a rat bastard before plunging a knife in his chest. KEPR spoke to the victim's girlfriend who says she has lost the man she was meant to be with forever.
Local New phone scam New phone scam (Video)
At least 18 people tell local law enforcement they were almost victims of a new phone scam. According to the Benton County Sheriffs Office, none of them fell for it.
Home Another lawsuit set to be filed against DOE Another lawsuit set to be filed against DOE
Plans to file a second lawsuit were announced today -- in connection to workers exposed to vapors at Hanford's tank farms. The first lawsuit was announced yesterday by the state Attorney General against the Department of Energy and one of its contractors.
Local Fewer opiate overdoses in Tri-Cities Fewer opiate overdoses in Tri-Cities (Video)
KEPR is staying on top of the use of prescription pills and heroin in our area. It turns out, there have been fewer overdose deaths in the Tri-Cities in the last three years compared to the three years before. This 30% decline is on pace with the state numbers as well. KEPR spoke with a recovering addict who is living proof of these stats.
Local 25 SWAT call-outs in 2014, 5 in one week 25 SWAT call-outs in 2014, 5 in one week (Video)
KEPR is totaling up the numbers for what's spent on law enforcement. Especially in a year where we've had four officer-involved shootings, including three in just one month's time. That would seem to involve a lot of high-priced SWAT team responses. But we learned call-outs are about on par with other years. KEPR found out what made this year different for the Tri-City Regional SWAT team.
Local Pit bull set to be euthanized was adopted! Pit bull set to be euthanized was adopted!
KEPR aired a story on Friday about an over-load of pit bulls at our local animal shelter. We mentioned that a couple of them were set to be euthanized next weekend. Well, one of them was adopted yesterday!
Local DOL's facial recognition technology catching thieves DOL's facial recognition technology catching thieves (Video)
KEPR is following up on a program that used Facial Recognition Technology to catch thieves. It's in place at the Department of Licensing. Your terrible driver's license photo that looks more like a mug shot, ends up in a statewide database. KEPR learned how it's catching even more thieves than when the program took off five years ago.
Local Arctic snap begins Arctic snap begins (Video)
Hopefully our roads will not be that bad if the snow hits. But dozens of people wanted to be prepared. Local mechanics were backed up with winter tire requests. KEPR looked at what kind of patrols are expected for this week's storm.
Local Looking to buy a home for the first time? There's help for you Looking to buy a home for the first time? There's help for you (Video)
KEPR is always staying on top of real estate trends, and we learned nearly everyone who asked for matching money on a down payment -- got it. This is under a program offered by the cities. But it's far from the only option to getting you away from renting and into owning. KEPR learned what's available, even if you're not a first time buyer.