Lissa Knudsen

MPH, PhD Candidate

Freelance Journalist

Independent journalist

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Professional Bio

Lissa Knudsen is a freelance reporter with Source New Mexico, an affiliate of States Newsroom. Before that she served as the news editor at the New Mexico Daily Lobo, following a stint as the publication’s public health beat reporter. She also worked as a data analyst for local NPR affiliate KUNM News. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy with an emphasis on racial and gender equity. Knudsen holds a bachelor's degree in health science and a master's degree in program planning and health education. She’s a critical cultural communication doctoral candidate, emphasizing reproductive justice, maternity and health. She is a board member of the New Mexico Public Health Association. Before she realized she was supposed to be a journalist, Knudsen was involved in local politics up until mid-2014, getting into hot water with her bosses as she pushed for transparency and public accountability.

Affiliation

Parent: Independent journalist

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Education

California State University, Northridge 2005

MPH

University of New Mexico 2023

PhD

Areas of Expertise

Reproductive health, substance use disorders, gun violence, mass migration, emergency response