Lacava joined The Californian as a 17-year-old high school senior in 1980, working part-time in the Sports section. Excluding three years he spent earning a journalism degree at Fresno State and working for the Fresno Bee in the early 1980s, he's been working at The Californian ever since. He covered high school sports (1985-93), was assistant sports editor (1993-98) and business editor (1998-01) before becoming sports editor in the spring of 2001.
Lacava has two daughters: Lauren and Carrie. He loves outdoor activities, everything from basketball to bodysurfing to golf to hiking to snowboarding, softball, wakeboarding, and, finally - in the spirit of this alphabetical listing - yard work.
Born and raised in Orange County, Lacava moved to Bakersfield in 1979 and graduated from Bakersfield High in 1980. He earned a communications degree from Bakersfield College in 1982 and a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Fresno State in 1985 whereupon he rejoined The Californian.