Beyond the anchor desk, Lora is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic & Opera Development Committee. She also hosts the pre-concert lectures: talking with musicians, conductors and composers about their love for music, inspiration, preparation and insights; an inside look and behind-the-scenes perspective at the pieces being performed.
Lora was a board member of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and served on its exhibitions committee. She continues to serve as an advisor on the Institute’s Asian Art Advisory Council.
Lora also wrote articles for Kalamazoo’s 269 Magazine and First & 42 centered on careers and business. It’s a partnership between Southwest Michigan First and Newschannel 3, in which she also writes and produces a television news story to accompany each magazine article.
During her time anchoring in Lansing, Lora reported, wrote, and edited a weekly franchise called “Schools Rule,” new feature packages aired each Friday highlighting positivity and achievements at local schools, and outstanding students and teachers who make those schools great. Lora used her previous teaching experience to explore educational programs and how they impact children’s development. Lora transformed “Schools Rule” into a brand where viewers can get an inside look at the achievements and dedication taking place at local schools every day.
Events & Volunteering
Lora’s love and curiosity for her community shines when she spends her free time exploring neighborhoods, and when she represents her station by hosting events and volunteering.
As a former English teacher, Lora is an advocate for childhood literacy and local libraries. She is the face for the Capital Area District Libraries’ “Summer Reading Program.” She also hosted an author event featuring Imbolo Mbue, the writer behind an Oprah Book Club pick, at the Lansing Center where she conducted a candid interview with the award winning writer. Lora also volunteers throughout the year to read to local students.
At WILX, Lora was the face of Sparrow Hospital’s yearly telethon, “Day of Miracles.” She field anchored and conducted live interviews during the morning of the daylong telethon, while doing special live cut-ins, social media updates and Facebook lives.
Lora celebrates her Asian American culture and serves as the master of ceremonies for the annual Asian Pacific American Day at the State Capitol building, which features remarks from Michigan’s governor, legislators from across the state, and cultural performances.
In 2018, Lora hosted a vacation with WILX viewers to explore New England’s Fall foliage, including visits to Boston and New York City. She promoted the sponsored trip through commercials, social media and in-person travel shows throughout Mid-Michigan.
Singing the national anthem at Growlers baseball game
Musical Performances with Meridian Community Band
Holiday concert with the Lansing Concert Band