Hilary Lane, 28, is originally from Freehold, New Jersey. She attended Solomon Schechter Day School as a child, and “the Jewish education and special care and love for teachers shaped me into who I am today,” she said.
A reporter for local TV station USA9, Hilary didn’t originally plan on a career in journalism. “My dad is a psychologist and for my entire life, I wanted to follow in his footsteps,” she said. “I went to Rutgers University for two years pursuing psychology. By chance, after my freshman year, I was accepted into an internship program at FOX News. I fell in love with journalism and transferred to Syracuse University because they have a wonderful program.”
Hilary has lived in four different cities in five years, working her way up the professional ladder. “I started working in Utica, New York, and then moved to Buffalo, New York, then Allentown, Pennsylvania, before landing in DC,” she said. She currently resides in Dupont Circle and loves exploring DC, going to museums of all types, and listening to music — especially country music concerts.
What does an average workday look like for you?
I typically wake up at 2:30 a.m. (yes, in the morning!) and I am at work by 3:30 a.m. I get caught up on all the big news of the day and then I am given a news assignment. Usually a murder, a fire (dreary, I know), or something of a political nature. I am then live throughout our morning show from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and then start planning for the next day. By noon, I am napping for a few hours; then I wake up in time to go to a happy hour with my friends or a workout class.
What are the last three pictures you took on your cell phone?
I was at the Postal Museum this past weekend — great museum, by the way — so I have lots of pictures of mail and mail delivery trucks.
What is your favorite vacation memory?
After I graduated college, my family and I took a three-week - long vacation to Arizona, Utah, and Vegas, stopping at all of our beautiful national parks. I have never seen so much natural beauty, and it was so fun bonding with the fam.
Have you ever met anyone famous?
When I was a young kid, Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson were filming “Anger Management” outside of our camp in New Jersey and we got to meet them! Once the movie came out, my mom wouldn’t let me watch the movie because it was rated PG-13, but I found out they left the scenes shot at my camp on the cutting room floor anyway.
Have you ever been to Israel?
I went to Israel on Birthright and then have been back twice to visit my brother while he was studying at a yeshiva for a year.
Who is someone you admire?
RBG [Ruth Bader Ginsburg] all the way. She has never stopped pursuing her dreams no matter the boundaries she has faced, and has paved the way for women like me to accomplish professionally. She also places a great deal of value on her family and seems to have mastered the work vs. home life balance.
What brings you joy?
I love my friends and family. Doing something really low key with people that I care about.
What would you do all day if money wasn’t an object?
See above, and make it all day, every day.