The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia
Broadcast Pioneers member Tim Lake has been a respected force in TV news in Philadelphia for two decades.
Named co-anchor of NBC10 News
at 4, 6 and 11PM in June of 2003, he
originally joined the station in 1992.
A native of Ellisburg, New York from a family of 13 children, Lake graduated from Morrisville College and Fredonia State University after studying Journalism, History and Political Science.
From the time he
began college, he
began building his
resume and earning the attention of local editors.
made it a practice to attend newsworthy events and, noticing which news outlets had not sent a crew, he
pitched prepared reports or photographs tailored to that outlet.
That enterprise led to paid stringer assignments throughout his
began anchoring the news at the age of 23 and has been in the anchor chair regularly since 1983.
That first opportunity came to him at WCSC-TV in Charleston, South Carolina, where he anchored the market's dominant 11 PM news for nearly five years.
recalls, "While at WCSC, I was involved in the very early stages of remote satellite multi-station news coverage through the CONUS Satellite Network.
We pulled off some of the first back-to-back, four and five station live satellite reports from Hurricane Gloria and from the Mexico City Earthquake in 1985.
While covering the earthquake in Mexico City for CBS
affiliate WCSC, I managed to hitch a free ride on an NBC
jet back to the Rio Grande Valley in time to stage live satellite reports for several CBS
stations via the CONUS network.
never found out.
I suppose they'll know now."
also developed a strong sense of journalistic purpose, while in Charleston.
also reported on other major events including commercial airline crashes, the World Economic Summit, and several Gulf Coast hurricanes.
Since arriving at City Avenue, Lake
has earned a strong local reputation among viewers for his
thorough live reports on criminal cases, city and state government issues and politics.
won a Mid-Atlantic Regional Emmy for his
role in a live program welcoming the Olympic Torch to Philadelphia, as it passed through on its way to the 1996 summer games in Atlanta.
especially proud of a documentary he
produced on the Navy destroyer USS Perry, the ship on which his
late father served.
Using personal letters, old film and shipmate interviews, he
touched hearts while also preserving a chapter of military history.
interest in documenting American leadership extends to print.
has written on a book about the history of Henderson Harbor, NY, the summer vacation home of such notable Americans as Secretaries of State John W. Foster, Robert M. Lansing, and John Foster Dulles.
At both WCSC and KPRC he
was a regular co-host on the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethons, with a collective 11 years as a telethon co-host.
has regularly hosted or emceed many charity and special events throughout the Philadelphia area.
One of his
favorites is the annual Fred's Footsteps Charity event for children in Philadelphia organized by the family of the late G.Fred DiBona Jr., former head of Blue Cross
On Friday, November 18, 2011, Tim Lake
will be inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers
of Philadelphia's "Hall of Fame."