Ms. Lara Harmon holds a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Communications from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. Lara has 16 years of experience supporting the development and execution of communication strategies. In her prior role as an Executive Producer for KHQ Incorporated/KNDU-TV, she has gained experience managing and overseeing all aspects of television news production while supervising a wide range of staff and interfacing with management. Additionally, she has produced cohesive programs by overseeing the news story background development and the talking points of current events while meeting production deadlines multiple times per day.
Ms. Harmon, in her current role as a Communication Consultant supporting the Department of Energy, provides a broad spectrum of communication support. She supports the development of comprehensive communication strategies for highly technical subjects that inform and educate internal and external stakeholders. Lara develops and coordinates communication products, including presentations, press releases, announcements, newsletter articles, fact sheets, and social media posts on various Hanford Site topics.
Ms. Harmon wrote stories for broadcast media and online platforms covering the DOE Hanford site. The stories included the government’s mission and activities, and the perspectives of people in the local community, elected officials, regulatory agency officials, stakeholders, and representatives of Tribal Nations. Lara wrote and produced hundreds of stories for broadcasts that communicated information on complex topics in non-technical terms. She developed and produced broadcasts covering the Waste Treatment and Immobilization Plant, tank waste, spent fuel, radioactive sludge, deactivation and decommissioning, waste management, groundwater remediation, the Plutonium Finishing Plant, B Reactor, and ongoing research at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Ms. Harmon managed KNDU/KNDO’s social media channels (Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook). She oversaw the social media strategies and posts, including conducting frequent assessments and recommendations on how to increase audience views, reach, and engagement. Lara was recognized for superior communications skills in writing and producing stories for broadcasts that have been nominated for Emmy Awards, including a two-and-a-half-hour newscast with team coverage of a major wildfire in Yakima County in September 2020.