Lara covers the Defense Department for Foreign Policy. Her reporting on the defense industry and the U.S. military has taken her around the world, from remote Air Force bases in Norway to the control center for the coalition air war against the Islamic State, the Dubai Airshow, and the back seat of an Air Force Thunderbird F-16. Most recently, she served as the Pentagon editor for Aviation Week and Space Technology. In 2018, she won the Jesse H. Neal Award for Best Range of Work by a Single Author, won the Military Reporters and Editors Association James Crawley Award for defense reporting, and was selected for the 2017 McAllister Editorial Fellowship. In 2017, she won the Aerospace Media Awards Best Young Journalist award.
Lara began her career as a military reporter covering Navy aviation and shipbuilding for Inside Defense, before moving over to cover the Air Force for Defense News. Prior to moving to the defense beat in 2013, Lara covered Congress and politics, first for National Journal and then for the Hill newspaper. A Philadelphia native, Lara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.