About Lisa @LisaDNews
Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
She specializes in breaking down complex stories and political disagreements into the key pieces that matter, often translating numbers and fiscal information into accessible stories for the audience.
Prior to joining NewsHour, Desjardins spent nearly ten years with CNN as a senior correspondent and Capitol Hill reporter. Prior to CNN, she reported for the Associated Press, WBTW-TV, WIS-TV, WTS-TV, Reuters, and The Sun News. At WIS in Columbia, South Carolina, she broke news of the compromise to bring down the Confederate flag from the state house dome.
Desjardins earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of William and Mary and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She also received a first level graduate degree in Russian Studies from the Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia.
Desjardins is the recipient of a Peabody Award for CNN’s coverage of the 2008 election and a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi award for national breaking news for coverage of the Haiti earthquake.
Lisa’s Recent Stories
Politics Mar 19Read new Michael Cohen court documents that may offer clues on Mueller probe
The new court filings on Michael Cohen underline one key aspect of Robert Mueller’s investigation: The special counsel appears to have far more documents than the public knows about -- and his team has had those documents for a significant…
Politics Mar 14What does Beto O’Rourke believe? Where the candidate stands on 8 issues
Former Texas congressman Beto O'Rourke has joined a crowded Democratic primary field vying to take on President Donald Trump in 2020. Here's where O'Rourke stands on key 2020 issues.
Politics Mar 115 things you should know about Trump’s 2020 budget proposal
The White House’s $4.75 trillion proposed budget is not expected to become law. But the proposal is significant because it launched the politically bloody spending fight ahead.
Politics Mar 06Trump’s emergency declaration faces a Senate vote. Here’s what to expect
For Republican senators, the vote on President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration presents a dilemma, pitting concerns over balance of power and military construction funds against loyalty to the president.
Politics Feb 19What does Bernie Sanders believe? Where the candidate stands on 9 issues
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont announced that he's running for president in 2020. Here's where Sanders stands on key issues.
Politics Feb 14What’s in the massive border security and funding bill?
The funding and border security bill is 1,159 pages. We have been studying the bill carefully so you don’t have to. Here are some highlights and key details.
Politics Feb 12The latest border security deal, explained
Here is exactly what’s in the compromise struck between the top Republicans and Democrats on the congressional appropriations committees, and how it looks from both sides of Pennsylvania Avenue.
Politics Feb 10What does Amy Klobuchar believe? Where the candidate stands on 5 issues
Amy Klobuchar is a three-term U.S. senator from Minnesota. Here's a look at her beliefs headed into the 2020 race.
Politics Feb 05What to watch for in Trump’s 2019 State of the Union address
Here's what makes this address different from past years.
Politics Jan 23All the offers (and counteroffers) in the shutdown fight
How did we get to this point in the government shutdown? And who is actually offering what? A look at all the offers on the table.