For more than a decade, Lisa has been writing reportage and analysis about the Israel-Palestine conflict and the wider Arab Middle East. She reported extensively from Gaza during the Israeli withdrawal in 2005, from the Lebanon-Israel border during the war of 2006, and from Cairo during the Egyptian uprising of 2011. Her areas of expertise include deep knowledge of social media platforms as reporting tools.
A native of Vancouver, Canada, Lisa received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures from Columbia University in New York. As a journalist in Israel-Palestine she worked for the English edition of Haaretz newspaper, wrote for various publications and was employed as a producer and translator by various foreign correspondents.
While based in Tel Aviv, Lisa co-founded +972, a digital magazine providing independent, progressive commentary and reporting from Israel and Palestine in English.
As International News Editor for techPresident, a New York-based digital magazine, she covered the impact of mobile and Internet technology on civil society.
Subsequently, Lisa joined Daily Beast's "Open Zion" blog as Senior Editor. Founded by Peter Beinart with a mandate to foster a diverse, intellectual conversation about Israel-Palestine, she commissioned and edited original reporting about and from the region, expanded a list of contributors from the US, Israel and the Arab world, and wrote political analysis, original reporting, book and film reviews.
As the Director of the Israel-Palestine Initiative at New America, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington, DC, Lisa hosted panel discussions with expert guests from the region, led research projects and wrote opinion editorials on Israeli policy for a wide variety of media sources including Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Daily Forward, and CNN Digital. She also provided policy analysis for television and radio and appears regularly on programs like the BBC World Service, Bloomberg TV, and the Charlie Rose Show.
Currently she writes and speaks frequently across media and lectures at universities.