Lisa Desjardins

Lisa Desjardins (née Goddard; born in 1971 or 1972)[1][2] is an American political journalist. She is a correspondent at the PBS NewsHour and has previously worked for the Associated Press and CNN Radio.[3] As of 2018, she has reported on five U.S. presidential elections.[4]

Lisa Desjardins
Lisa Goddard

1971/1972 (age 47–48)
Hawaii, United States
Alma mater
Jason Desjardins (m. 2007)

Early life and education

Desjardins was born in the state of Hawaii, but grew up in Annandale, Virginia.[5] Her father worked in the Navy and later as a college teacher. She has three siblings and seven step-siblings on her father's side.[6] She got interested in politics during her childhood.[5]

Desjardins studied at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, between 1990 and 1994, earning a bachelor's degree in economics.[1] Subsequently, she went to Russia for two years to study at Herzen University in Saint Petersburg, where she studied Russian studies and learned to speak Russian.[1] Starting in 1996, she attended Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She received a Master of Science degree in journalism from that university the following year.[7]


Desjardins' first job in journalism was at the local television station WBTW in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, between 1998 and 1999, when she was fired.[5][7] Next, she worked as a freelance reporter for The Sun News, a Myrtle Beach newspaper, and, at the same time, as a freelance reporter for the news agency Reuters. After a few months, in October 1999, she left The Sun News and joined the Columbia NBC-affiliate WIS as a political reporter, while she remained a reporter for Reuters.[8] At WIS, she covered the South Carolina Legislature, the debate on the display of the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina State House, and the 2000 Republican presidential primaries.[1] In 2003, Desjardins became a newswoman at the Washington, D.C. bureau of the Associated Press, where she reported on, among other things, the 2004 presidential election; Medicaid; hurricanes; and the Iraq War.[1]

After that, Desjardins joined CNN, where she would work for nine years between 2005 and 2014.[1] She was CNN Radio's Congress correspondent, but she occasionally reported for and CNN's news channel as well.[7] When CNN Radio was shut down in June 2013, she was transferred to CNN's Washington Bureau, where she worked as a Capitol Hill reporter.[9] She was part of the team that covered the 2008 presidential primaries. CNN received a Peabody Award in 2008 for their coverage.[4][10] Besides, Desjardins reported on the 2010 Haiti earthquake for CNN Radio, whose coverage was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi Award.[11] During her time at CNN, she wrote a personal finance book together with Rick Emerson called Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance. It was published in May 2011 by Avery Publishing.[7][12] Desjardins chaired the June 2014 annual dinner of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.[13] She left CNN after she was laid off in August 2014. She posted a video about her departure and time at CNN on her last day on YouTube, which has been viewed over 350,000 times.[14][15]

Desjardins joined the PBS NewsHour in October 2014 as a politics reporter. In July 2015, she was promoted to "political director". Desjardins appears on camera (both from the studio and from the Capitol Building), and she writes articles for the website of the NewsHour.[4]

Personal life

Desjardins has been married to Jason Desjardins since 2007. They have a son, who was born in 2016, and they live in Alexandria, Virginia.[7][16]


  1. "Lisa Desjardins". CNN. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  2. "How to Survive the 'Zombie Economy'". Fox Business Network. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. "Lisa Desjardins". PBS. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  4. "PBS NewsHour Names Lisa Desjardins Political Director; Total of Five Promotions". PBS. 7 July 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  5. Dornic, Matt (6 May 2011). "FBDC Interview: New Author, CNN's Lisa Desjardins". Adweek. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  6. "Thomas Bohner Goddard". Covenant Funeral Service. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  7. "About the Authors". Zombie Economics. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  8. Ariens, Chris (8 October 2014). "Lisa Desjardins Joins 'NewsHour'". Adweek. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  9. Knox, Merrill (15 July 2013). "Evan Perez, Lisa Desjardins Join CNN Washington Bureau". Adweek. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  10. "Coverage of 2008 Presidential Primary Campaigns and Debates (CNN)". Peabody Awards. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  11. "2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award Honorees". Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  12. "Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance". Amazon. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  13. "Radio and Television Correspondents' Association". 23 September 2014. Retrieved 24 June 2018 via Wayback Machine.
  14. de Moraes, Lisa (29 August 2014). "A CNN Star Is Born As She Is Shown The Door: Video". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  15. Desjardins, Lisa (28 August 2014). "Lisa's CNN Goodbye". YouTube. Retrieved 23 June 2018.
  16. Desjardins, Lisa (4 March 2016). "INTRODUCING". Twitter. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
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