Background and Experience



Resumé at a glance:

  • Author of the forthcoming book the SCIENTIST AND THE SERIAL KILLER, Random House.

  • Author of the book CODE OF SILENCE, Beacon Press, October 2021.

  • Featured in "The Pillowcase Murders," Paramount Plus 2024, "The Texas Killing Fields, Netflix 2023, "The Wrong Man," CNN, Death Row Stories 2015, and "The Eleven," A & E 2017.

  • Skilled investigative editor and mentor.

  • Training: 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.

  • Nonprofit work: Founding director of Investigative Reporters & Editors' Mexico project 1996-98 and IRE board member from 2007-2011. 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

  • Three times named Reporter of the Year by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

  • CODE OF SILENCE won the Carr P. Collins' nonfiction book award from the Texas Institute of Letters and the IRE Book Award in 2022.

  • Speaks English, Spanish and French

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Lise Olsen is a Texas-based investigative reporter, editor 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 has appeared in the Texas Observer, NBC News, the Houston Chronicle, Texas Monthly and other outlets.

Her work has been featured in Netflix's The Texas Killing Fields (2022), about a series of grisly murders spanning several decades. in CNN's The Wrong Man (2015) on the innocence claims of executed offender Ruben Cantu, and the six-part A&E series The Eleven,(2017). about the victims of a 1970s serial killer.

Lise also is a recognized trainer and has taught and presented at conferences and workshops in a dozen countries, including for IRE, ICFJ and the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas. She's currently at work on a new book, The Scientist and the Serial Killer, for Random House.

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