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 LA.com, 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

I know you are, but what am I: Pee-wee Herman turns 60

He's a rebel, Dottie, and today in 1952 Paul Reubens was born in Peekskill, NY. The scrawny actor has made it big on the small screen, the big screen and now on Broadway.

Echo Park Dream Center could sleep 900 people by Spring '13

The future of five more floors of Dream Center housing rests on a $50 million federal grant.

Hotel Shangri-La donation halts protest plan after anti-Semitism trial

Donations to Jewish groups prompted a protest cancellation at Hotel Shangri-La. The hotel and owner violated civil rights in an anti-Semitic episode, a jury found.

Copper theft epidemic meets a rash of illegal metal yards

Police present the full anatomy of a copper theft, while officials around California work to shut down illegal metal scrap yards.

Video: What it really looks like to land on Mars

Like a patchwork parachute, the decent images of NASA's Curiosity have been sewn into a story of what it feels like to smack the surface of a far away planet.

MC cop: LL Cool J subdues intruder until real police arrive

Law enforcement Loves Cool James, and home intruders should listen to lyrics. NCIS rapper LL Cool J caught an actual bad guy in his Studio City home, mama said.

Future music warning: Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne get engaged

Eyeliner queen Avril Lavigne and frontman Chad Kroeger of the much maligned Nickelback are engaged to be married after a six month courtship,

Natalie Wood's death certificate changed by authorities

30 years later, the nature of Natalie Wood's demise -- reclassified as "undetermined" in July -- has been officially amended on the actress' death certificate.

Dry lightning, wind predictions prompt critical fire warning

A "Red Flag" warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for fire danger across our heatwave hampered region through 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Tea test: Los Angeles ranks least 'Honest' of 30 cities

The results of Honest Tea's steep social experiment are in and Venice Beach has some explaining to do. See where SoCal locales rank in the honesty department.

Greens goblins: E. Coli scare prompts CA lettuce recall

California consumer alert: 2,095 cases of potentially contaminated romaine lettuce are being voluntarily recalled across the United States and Canada.

Watch the poll: Sobering stats on America's drinking habits

According to a new poll, the majority of Americans a) consume alcohol, b) prefer beer, and on average, among the drinkers, deposit c) 4.2 alcoholic beverages into their throats per week.

Tony Scott autopsy complete, possible health issues being investigated

The L.A. Coroner's office confirmed with KPCC that the autopsy of famed director Tony Scott was completed on Monday. The results have not yet been released.

Phyllis Diller, groundbreaking comedian, dies (videos, photos)

Phyllis Diller, the legendary humorist credited with cackling the path for many female comics, died at her Brentwood home in Los Angeles on Monday. She was 95.

Singing the same tune: Pizza Hut, Home Depot deny Black Keys claims

Attorneys for Pizza Hut and Home Depot separately denied accusations that music by The Black Keys was improperly used in ads to sell specialty pies and power tools.