Lise Olsen Trainer

Lise Olsen

Lise Olsen is an investigative reporter at the Houston Chronicle. Olsen, based in Houston since 2003, has more than 20 years’ experience specializing primarily in crime, corruption and human rights issues. Her many Texas investigations have included oilfield and refinery worker deaths, oil spills, deed scams, 1970s unsolved serial killings, rogue pill mills, VA guardianship scandals, sex-trafficking networks and judicial corruption sagas. Her reports have inspired laws and reforms, spurred official investigations and prosecutions, restored names to unidentified murder victims and freed dozens of wrongfully held prisoners. Olsen is an expert in data journalism and has taught and mentored other journalists throughout the U.S. and in Latin America. She also speaks Spanish and French.

Olsen served from 2007-2011 as a board member of the nonprofit Investigative Reporters & Editors and worked for IRE in Mexico City from 1996-98 as executive director of the two-year IRE-Mexico Project.

She has twice been named Texas APME’s Star Reporter of the Year, among other state and national journalism awards. She has taught both workshops and massive online open courses for the University of Texas’ Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and for other organizations.

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