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

Penis-severing suspect prepares to enter a plea

A California woman is expected to enter a plea this morning to charges she severed a man's penis with a 10-inch kitchen knife and tossed it in a garbage disposal.

Magic Johnson makes move to acquire BlackBook Media

Magic Johnson is taking a shot at BlackBook Media nearly a year after the NBA Hall of Famer purchased Vibe Holdings and became its chariman.

Encore? Hollywood's Music Box theater is closed... for now

All is quiet at Hollywood's Music Box concert venue as reports of the locally-loved rock spot's closure have been confirmed by its promoter Goldenvoice. It is unclear, however, if the shuttering will amount to a moment of silence between sets or a final encore.

Preoccupied police file faulty paperwork for Occupy LA protestors, 7 cases dismissed

Cases filed against seven Occupy LA protesters in the Nov. 30 raid are being dismissed because of incorrect Los Angeles police paperwork.

Anaheim mayor calls directive to destroy emails a 'mistake'

An order calling for the destruction of Anaheim planning department correspondence has created a debate about freedom of information and the legality of deleting state records.

Alleged LA arsonist had newspaper clippings, mother escaped German police through hospital window

Unusual details about Harry and Dorothee Burkhart -- the German mother and son duo facing various charges including serial arson and fraud -- continue to emerge in Los Angeles courtrooms.

Last call for 4100 Bar? Environmental review begins for Sunset Junction development projects

Frost/Chaddock, the development group behind a controversial demolition last year in the Sunset Junction area of Silver Lake, has taken preliminary steps in an ambitious new plan to tear down and build on another stretch of historic neighborhood.

OC hunts a 'serious, dangerous serial killer'

Orange County is facing a "serious, dangerous serial killer," said Anaheim police Chief John Welter on Wednesday as three homeless men were found brutally stabbed to death.

LA arson suspect under investigation for Germany fire

Harry Burkhart, the 24-year-old suspected of setting more than 50 intentional fires in Los Angeles last week, is also under investigation in his home country of Germany for a fire that destroyed a Burkhart family-owned property days before he traveled to the United States in October, said a prosecutor on Wednesday.

Joe Torre takes a swing at Dodgers ownership, walks from MLB post

Joe Torre has resigned from his executive vice president post with Major League Baseball to pursue ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers as part of a Rick Caruso-led group that will be going to bat to bid on the team.

3 OC homeless men have been stabbed to death in last 2 weeks

Three homeless men have been stabbed to death in their sleep in Orange County since Dec. 20, in separate yet similar incidents. The transient men were stabbed multiple times as they slept alone.

At sea, Rupert Murdoch dives into the abyss of Twitter

Rupert Murdoch, on his yacht, while vacationing over New Year's in the Caribbean, joined Twitter without the involvement of a communications staff. (Or a copy editor.)

David Beckham returns to an LA Galaxy near, near to here

David Beckham, used to the posh life, is set to stay on as midfielder for the Los Angeles Galaxy, despite reports he was offered almost twice his previous $6.5 million annual salary to join forces with the French.

LA 'tantra massage' website tied to arson suspect's mother

The mother of Harry Burkhart, the 24-year-old German man suspected in the four-day, Los Angeles arson spree, has apparant ties to a local "tantra massage" website.

A year in seizures — what U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered in 2011

For U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents, 2011 was a year of 340 million travelers, 4.3 million containers, $2.3 trillion in trade, and the seizure of approximately five million pounds of narcotics and $126 million in undeclared currency.