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Lisa Armstrong

  1. Associate Professor

Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist with credits in The New York Times, The Intercept, The Daily Beast, Rolling Stone, USA Today, The New Yorker, and several other publications and websites.

She is currently a Knight-Wallace Reporting Fellow focused on COVID-19 in correctional facilities and a Visiting Fellow at the Center for an Urban Future, where she’s leading new research on expanding pathways to economic opportunity for formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. She has been heralded for her investigative reporting on subjects from the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti to forced sterilization of women in North Carolina.

She has reported from Sierra Leone, Kenya, and the Philippines. From 2010 to 2014, she also reported from Haiti through grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and NYU. She has been featured on NPR and the BBC, discussing rape in the camps in Haiti and HIV/AIDS in the aftermath of the earthquake.

Armstrong received the National Press Club’s Joan Friedenberg Award for Online Journalism and an award for investigative reporting for an article about African American women who were sterilized by the state of North Carolina.

She is currently reporting on incarceration and has had grants from Type Investigations, The Carter Center and the Fund for Investigative Journalism/Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism to support her work. She recently wrote a story about a man who was released from prison after 47 years behind bars on a juvenile life without parole sentence and produced a documentary for CBS News about the role that mental health care provided by for-profit companies has played in an increase in suicides in state prisons.

Armstrong also directed a documentary about a young man who was incarcerated in an adult prison when he was 16. The film, “Little Boy Lost,” premiered in May 2017 and was featured in the Social Impact track at SXSW 2018.

Armstrong is a 2019 United States Artists Fellow in Writing and a 2018 Justice Reporting Fellow for the John Jay/Langeloth Foundation Fellowship on Reinventing Solitary Confinement.


When Solitary Confinement is a Death Sentence
Mentally ill prisoners are dying. Are private prison healthcare companies to blame?
Meet the Black Trans Women Advocating for the Community
Underreported Trans Women Deaths Are the Secret No One’s Talking About
Rolling Stone: The Power of a Theater Performance in Prison