Lisa Brenner

Associate Editor, LAist

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Lisa Brenner is the associate editor for LAist at KPCC.

Lisa joined KPCC in December 2011. Prior to that she led content direction as co-editor of LAist, many moons before KPCC bought it.

Lisa has written and produced arts, culture and news content for print and online publications, including MTV, Glamour and, where she previously served as Music Editor and Managing Editor of the entertainment and lifestyle website.

She worked on the 20th Century Fox studio lot in creative licensing for Fox Music publishing, where she co-created the department's first online store and mined the musical catalogue of film scores, TV themes and soundtracks. Prior to Fox, she coordinated large-scale film, commercial and music video productions.

Lisa earned a B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in Media Studies with an emphasis in film and television. Her dad says she majored in watching TV. He's not wrong.

Stories by Lisa Brenner

Taco Bell 'Doritos Locos Tacos': Invented in Irvine or by federal prison inmate Gary Cole?

Claiming Taco Bell stole his idea, a federal inmate wrote the FBI, the IRS, requested documents via the Freedom of Information Act and then sued, filing a 35-page handwritten complaint this week.

Swimming poo(l)s: Fecal findings prompt CDC call for 'improved swimmer hygiene'

This week's CDC Morbidity and Mortality report reveals a revolting truth about swimming pools — more than half of the locations tested in 2012 showed traces of Escherichia coli, indicating that "swimmers introduced fecal material into pool water.

Have a fantastically free weekend: 5 things to do in LA

KPCC has compiled five fun and free events happening around Los Angeles. What are your plans for the weekend?

Virus on the high seas: Human pandemic strain found in CA marine mammals

For the first time, a human pandemic virus strain has been found in marine mammals. H1N1 has been found in elephant seals off the central coast of California.

Assembly passes bill to stop ticketing at broken meters

Put that in your space and park it. CA State Assembly passes Los Angeles assemblyman Mike Gatto's bill to prohibit parking tickets at broken meters.

An animal once used as a pregnancy test may be 'the Typhoid Mary of the frog world'

California researchers say that a flat frog imported from Africa decades ago carries a deadly fungus responsible for a worldwide amphibian plague.

USPS: LA is no. 1 in dogs attacking mail carriers

The USPS says 69 postal employees were attacked in L.A. last year "placing the City of Angels as the most vicious for dog attacks" in the country.

'Hologram' ODB and Eazy-E join Rock the Bells 2013 lineup

Tupac Shakur's hologram will have to share the afterlife green room with a two new virtual artists — Eazy-E of N.W.A. and Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard.

School board backs up Scripps High; won't overturn 'twerking' video punishments

"Twerking" video scandal update: School board dances around punishment while the issue of kids shaking their behinds turns into an issue of adults covering their own.

Life is but a 'Dreamliner': Delivery resumes; grounding lifted on Boeing 787s

The Wall Street Journal reports that Boeing announced Tuesday it will be resuming deliveries of 787 Dreamliners following a multi-month grounding and subsequent overhaul of the aircraft's lithium ion batteries.

Heat hacks: How to stay cool without air conditioning

Have a dependable method for hacking your body temperature? Tell us via Twitter or leave a comment below.

LA flight makes emergency landing when woman refuses to stop singing 'I Will Always Love You' (Video)

NME reports that a flight from Los Angeles to New York was forced to make an emergency landing because one of the passengers refused to stop singing the Dolly Parton-penned, Whitney Houston-piped megahit "I Will Always Love You,"

LAPD: 'Armed and dangerous' robbers targeting joggers at Silver Lake Reservoir

LAPD issued an alert Thursday regarding two robberies since April 28 on the popular Silver Lake Reservoir jogging path.

8 Mother's Day activities that have nothing to do with brunch

From ping pong tournaments, to indoor skydiving. From bra fittings, to Asian gardens. From Von Trapp, to Tom Jones. This is not your mother's Mother's Day guide.

Employee burns to death inside industrial pressure cooker; Bumble Bee tuna processing plant cited and fined

The body of a 62-year-old worker was found last October inside an industrial oven at the company's tuna processing plant in Santa Fe Springs, California.