Lisa Button

Lisa Button joined the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism as managing editor in February 2015. Drawing on her years of experience in journalism, publications and teaching, she is responsible for workflow organization of projects being undertaken to fulfill the Institute’s mission and collaborates with the founding director, development officer and staff regarding priorities for future Institute initiatives. She conceptualizes, researches, writes, records and produces print, multimedia and online materials, and manages the Institute’s websites and social media presence to convey Schuster Institute stories and other news. Part of the Institute’s virtual newsroom, she works to develop the community of senior fellows and oversees the part-time researchers who support the fellows’ work.

Before coming to Brandeis University Button taught journalism at the University of Arizona, including courses such as Reporting the News, Environmental Journalism, Reporting in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Press and Society, Ethics and the News Media, Media Apprenticeship and several capstone courses that produced online and print publications in English and Spanish. She also launched the School of Journalism’s internship program and initiated the school's study abroad program in Costa Rica, which focuses on environmental reporting and produces as well as stories for Tico Times. Early in her career she founded, published and edited a community newspaper focusing on children and families. Button holds a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Arizona. She grew up in a bilingual household and speaks Spanish fluently. She is the president of the New England chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, which she co-founded. She is also a member of the Journalism and Women Symposium and the Society of Environmental Journalists. 

She was selected as a fellow for the National Press Foundation Cancer Issues 2012 program and in 2013 was selected to participate in the Dow Jones Multimedia Journalism Training Academy. She was a Knight Fellow at the Harvard University Media and American Democracy Institute in 2002. From 2009 through 2011 she directed the UA School of Journalism Diversity Workshop for Arizona High School Students, which was honored with the 2010 Robert P. Knight Multicultural Recruitment Award. She has worked as a freelance writer, copy editor and translator.