Throughout her career, Lisa has focused on the intersection of law, ethics and journalism.
She is a former lawyer and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation journalist who teaches journalism law and ethics to undergraduate and graduate students. Lisa’s research interests include state impediments to journalists’ freedom of expression and access to information. She is the co-editor of *The Unfulfilled Promise of Press Freedom in Canada* (University of Toronto Press, 2017), a Senior Fellow with Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson)’s Centre for Free Expression and a member of the Canadian Association of Journalists’ ethics advisory committee. She also leads the Canadian Worlds of Journalism study team, an interdisciplinary group that, together with researchers from 70 countries, regularly assesses the state of journalism throughout the world.
Her CBC journalism has been recognized by the Gemini Awards, the Atlantic Journalism Awards and the B’nai Brith Media Human Rights Awards. Her independent documentary production work has been recognized by the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Atlantic Film Festival and the Yorkton Film Festival.
She holds both an LLB and an LLM from the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, where her graduate research focused on sexual assault complainants who face legal impediments when seeking to speak publicly about their experiences.
Lisa is an accomplished teacher who previously lectured at King’s College School of Journalism and Mount Saint Vincent University, both in Halifax. She regularly leads professional development workshops at CBC locations across Canada. In 2015, Lisa received the Faculty of Communication and Design’s Dean’s Teaching Award at Toronto Met.