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

A barely there earthquake in Big Bear

The growler hit the area at 11:18 a.m., registering a preliminary magnitude of 3.5. Initial USGS readings positioned the the epicenter 82 miles east-northeast of LA.

Porn condom initiative qualifies for starring role on Nov. ballot

The NSFW initiative will be decided by voters living in the nerve center of the U.S. porn industry -- Los Angeles County.

FDA approves first over-the-counter HIV test kit

The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV antibodies via a mouth swab, and returns a result in 20 to 40 minutes.

UCLA to add 800 whole-genome sequences to Alzheimer's data

The project is expected to generate 165 terabytes worth of new genetic data to put towards improving diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Baggage: Drug couriers to plead guilty in TSA bribery case

Two men have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy for their part in a marijuana-smuggling bribery scheme involving TSA agents at LAX.

The big bets in Jerry Brown's budget

The state budget, signed last week by Gov. Jerry Brown, was crafted under the influence of a number of high-stakes assumptions.

Endangered animal objects seized at LAX

The illegal imports were found via X-ray in the luggage of a 63-year-old woman.

Pasadena green-lights the end of red light cameras

The latest city to close its red eye in the sky is Pasadena. As of last Sunday, drivers will no longer pose for posterity as they push their luck with yellow lights.

Man jumps to his death at The Grove

A man was pronounced dead at The Grove on Sunday night after jumping from the seventh floor of the parking structure.

Death penalty deliberation to begin in triple murder case

A jury will decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty for an insurance salesman convicted of murdering a mother, her 2-year-old son, and a nanny.

Puma killing prompts procedure change for Santa Monica police

Santa Monica police responded to the controversial killing of a puma last month by revising their procedure for handling free-roaming wildlife in an urban setting.

Mission Impossible: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes head for divorce

With the help of a Church of Scientology minister, the maverick superstar wed the Dawson's Creek alum in 2006. Today, Suri's parents brace for a breakup.

$20,000 in marching band tubas taken from Whittier High School

Thieves left behind a hand written apology in the band room of Whittier High after lifting four marching band tubas and mouthpieces over the weekend.

Bush league psych-out? The Big Lebowski 2 is laughable, man

How ya gonna keep 'em down on the farm once they've seen a story about the The Big Lebowski 2?

JPL/NASA: Underground ocean likely exists on Saturn moon

Scientists say they have strong evidence to support what they have long suspected -- that Saturn's largest moon harbors a subsurface ocean.