Lana Zak is an award-winning reporter for ABC News, covering government and politics for radio, television and digital platforms. She is a regular member of the press corps at the Capitol as well as the White House.
As a crucial member of the Your Voice, Your Vote 2016 coverage team, Lana traveled across the country, reporting from nearly every battleground state for ABC News. Lana was there to call the first election results from the Iowa Caucuses to the final results from Trump Headquarters on Election Night. When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death set off a series of political stand-offs, Lana was the first to report the news for ABC.
Lana followed the failed nomination of Judge Merrick Garland and the current confirmation hearings of Judge Neil Gorsuch. Her political reporting for ABC began with the 2008 campaign of then-Senator Barack Obama. Lana traveled to Chicago and Hawaii to uncover documents, photos, and interview the people who influenced the future President and his family.
In addition to her political reporting, Lana’s signature storytelling has been employed in feature stories and breaking news from Korea, Hong Kong, South Africa, Haiti and throughout the United States. Lana’s work has appeared on World News, 20/20, Nightline, America This Morning, World News Now, and Good Morning America, where she began her career as Anchor Producer for Diane Sawyer, rising to the position of Coordinating Producer for ABC News Special Units. Lana has been integral on many of ABC’s biggest stories including the Shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, the Jacqueline Kennedy Interview, Jaycee Dugard’s Triumph Over Kidnapping, the Prescription for America Forum at the White House, and the incredible recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While producing for Bob Woodruff, she became the first female in history to climb the barrels of the iconic George Washington Bridge.
Lana is a Fulbright Scholar, a Truman Scholar, and has been honored by Glamour Magazine. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Journalism & Mass Communications from the University of Iowa, where she served as President of the student body and now serves on the Honors Advisory Board. Among her accolades are Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, and Newswomen of NY Frontpage Awards.
Lana has traveled to all seven continents; She’s kayaked in Antarctica, dove the Great Barrier Reef, flown in Zero Gravity, climbed into a clear-bottomed crane on top of the Freedom Tower, hiked the Inca Trail, trained with NASA scientists, and swam with Great White Sharks. Lana and her husband, Seth Andrew, are the parents of twin daughters, Lennox and Zannah.