Lisa Armstrong

  1. Tow Professor, 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 online, and several other publications and websites.

She has reported from several countries, including Sierra Leone, Kenya, and the Philippines. She reported from Haiti from 2010 to 2014 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.

Among the honors Armstrong has received are 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 The Investigative Fund, The Carter Center, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism/Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism to support her work.

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 included in part of a panel discussion at SXSW 2018.

In addition to an M.A. in journalism, Armstrong has a bachelor’s degree in environmental architecture and a master’s in urban planning with a concentration in international development.


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