Lisa Falkenberg is a Class of 1996 Seguin High School graduate. She was the editor-in-chief of the Cricket Chirps student newspaper and a Mighty Matador Marching Band Drum Major. Today Lisa is the Houston Chronicle’s vice president/editor of opinion. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she leads the editorial board and the paper’s opinion and outlook sections, including letters, op-eds, and Gray Matters.
Lisa wrote a metro column at the Chronicle for more than a decade that explored a range of topics, including education, criminal justice and state, local and national politics. In 2015, she was awarded the Pulitzer for commentary, as well as the American Society of News Editors’ Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing for a series that exposed a wrongful conviction in a death case and led Texas lawmakers to reform the grand jury system. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 2014.
Raised in Seguin, she is the daughter of Carl and Connie Falkenberg and the first in her family to go to college. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000. She started her career at The Associated Press, working in the Austin and Dallas bureaus. In 2004, Lisa was named Texas AP Writer of the Year.
She joined the Chronicle in 2007 as a roving state correspondent based in Austin.
Lisa has mentored journalism students through the Chronicle’s high school journalism program and volunteered with the News Literacy Project. She is a fellow with the British-American Project and has completed a fellowship at Loyola’s Journalist Law School in Los Angeles.
Lisa is the mother of two daughters, ages 9 and 6.
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