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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’ reporting during and after the January 6th Capitol insurrection was the recipient of a Peabody Award, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Joan S. Barone Award, and the National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. She is also 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.
As part of the new Congress, House Republicans will begin scrutinizing nearly every policy step taken by the Biden White House and Congressional Democrats over the past two years. Lisa Desjardins reports on what to expect.
According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, 2022 was one of the deadliest years on record for journalists around the globe, with a nearly 50 percent increase in killings from the previous years. Lisa Desjardins speaks to Jodie Ginsberg, president…
Historic levels of drama played out over the first few weeks of the new Congress. Legislative leaders are just now beginning to get into the day-to-day of Capitol Hill. This week, Speaker Kevin McCarthy sparked outrage when he locked out…
The United States government reached its debt limit Thursday, according to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. This means her agency must use accounting tactics to keep the government solvent while it waits on Congress to act. Congressional Correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports…
Here is a lay of the land for some of the biggest races that are taking shape ahead of the 2024 election.
After 15 votes, House Republicans managed to elect a speaker last week. And now, they approved a new rules package. Here's a rundown of the significant changes that will affect how the House will operate in the new session.
In the first big test of Kevin McCarthy's speakership, the House is voting on a controversial rules package that will set the procedural plans for this new Congress. The package includes provisions from closed-door deals made with hardliners in the…
After four days and 13 rounds of voting, the House made some progress Friday but has still failed to elect a speaker. More than a dozen Republicans switched their votes to support Congressman Kevin McCarthy, but a handful of hard-right…
Two years on from the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, Congressional Correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports on where efforts to hold those responsible stand.
After three days and hundreds of votes cast, the house has still not elected a speaker. There is no sign that Kevin McCarthy has broken his GOP opposition, leaving the Republican party divided and Congress paralyzed. Lisa Desjardins reports on…
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