“Moral Imperatives of Houston’s Criminal Justice System” – Lisa Falkenberg
On Thursday October 6th, 2016, Emerson hosted a lecture by Lisa Falkenberg. The Lecture Topic: Moral Imperatives of Houston’s Criminal Justice System.
In 2015, Falkenberg was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary, as well as the American Society of News Editors’ Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing.
In 2016, Falkenberg was named Star Opinion Writer of the Year by the Headliners Foundation of Texas and was awarded first place in Star opinion-writing category by the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.
Falkenberg has mentored journalism students through the Chronicle’s high school journalism program and volunteered with the News Literacy Project. She is a fellow with the British-American Project and has completed a fellowship at Loyola’s Journalist Law School in Los Angeles.
Lisa Falkenberg is a metro columnist at the Houston Chronicle. She writes on Wednesdays and Sundays. She was born and raised in the small South Texas town of Seguin, near San Antonio, the daughter of a truck driver and a homemaker. She was the first in her family to go to college and graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000.
Her love of journalism was born at her high school newspaper and, while in college, she worked at several state capitol bureaus, including Scripps Howard and The Associated Press. She joined the AP’s Dallas bureau in 2001, eventually becoming a regional writer covering Dallas and East Texas. She covered the Columbia shuttle disaster, the deadly BP refinery explosion in Texas City and anchored national congressional and senate races. In 2004, Falkenberg was named Texas AP Writer of the Year.
That same year, Falkenberg joined the Houston Chronicle’s Austin bureau as a state correspondent covering everything from legislative politics to hurricanes Katrina and Rita. In 2007, at age 28, Falkenberg was named a Houston-based metro columnist. She has earned numerous national, state and local journalism awards for her column-writing, and was named the Chronicle’s Commentator of the Year in 2009. Community and professional groups that have recognized her work on social and justice issues include the State Bar of Texas, the Mexican American Bar Association of Texas, the Greater Houston Coalition for Justice, Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless, The Houston Peace and Justice Center and the local chapter of the Council of Jewish Women. She was a finalist in the Pulitzer commentary category in 2014.