Journalist | Educator



Lisa Heyamoto is a narrative journalist and journalism educator whose research, teaching and creative work focuses on community-building through storytelling. She is a senior instructor of journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

Before joining the SOJC faculty, she was a columnist and reporter at The Sacramento Bee and The Seattle Times, where she wrote about culture and lifestyle.

As an educator, Heyamoto cultivates the next generation of journalists by combining foundational skills with critical thinking, digital agility and public service. She has overseen the SOJC’s multimedia storytelling sequence, Gateway to Media, as well as experiential learning programs in New York, Cuba, Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

She has won several teaching awards, including the Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching and a Disruptive Educator Fellowship from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism, and has been voted one of the best professors at UO.

Heyamoto is co-founder of The 32 Percent Project, which explores what drives and disrupts public trust in the news media.

She hold graduate degrees in nonprofit management and literary nonfiction journalism, and a bachelors degree in journalism and English.

Upcoming projects

Heyamoto is continuing her grant-funded work on The 32 Percent Project by building a journalism curriculum centered on increasing trust with the public, which will be co-created with faculty, students, journalists and community members. It will be released alongside a report in 2020.


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