Background and Experience
Lise Olsen is a Texas-based investigative reporter and author who has uncovered many twisted tales, including crooked judges, an unjust execution, massive environmental disasters, myriad cases of corruption, and unsolved serial killings.
Her reports in three states over 20 years contributed to the prosecutions of a former congressman and a federal judge, inspired laws and reforms, helped solve cold cases, restored names to unidentified murder victims, and freed dozens of wrongfully-held prisoners. Her work is featured in CNN's "The Wrong Man" (2015) about the innocence claims of executed offender Ruben Cantu and the six-part A&E series on the victims of a 1970s serial killer, The Eleven, (2017).
Lise also is a recognized trainer and has taught and presented at conferences and workshops on her work over the last three decades, including IRE, ICFJ and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas. She currently serves on the board for the Border Center for Journalists and Bloggers and on the judging board for COLPIN, the annual investigative reporting conference for the Americas organized by the Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad. Her most recent course was the monthlong "Investigative Reporting in the Digital Age", a 2020 Massive Online Open Course for the University of Texas' Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
- Author of forthcoming book Code of Silence, Beacon Press, October 2021
- Featured in A & E Documentary "The Eleven"(2017) and in CNN's Death Row Stories' Documentary, "The Wrong Man?" (2015)
- Member of the awards committee for Latin American Congress of Investigative Reporting (COLPIN) 2015-present; Organized conferences and has taught workshops in a dozen countries for many organizations, including the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas; the International Center for Journalists and Investigative Reporters & Editors.
- Founding director of Investigative Reporters & Editors' Mexico project 1996-98 and IRE board member from 2007-2011.
- Three times named Reporter of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors
- Speaks English, Spanish and French