Lisa Armstrong


Lisa Armstrong is an award-winning journalist with credits in The Intercept, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, USA TODAY, and other outlets. She has reported from several countries, including Sierra Leone, Kenya, and the Philippines, and reported from Haiti from 2010 to 2014.

She is currently reporting on incarceration. She has written about the spread of COVID-19 in New York state prisons 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, was featured in the Social Impact track at South by Southwest 2018.

Armstrong was a 2020-2021 Knight-Wallace Reporting fellow, 2019 United States Artists fellow in writing, and a 2018 Justice Reporting fellow for the John Jay/Langeloth Foundation Fellowship on Reinventing Solitary Confinement.

She is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

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