Lisa Heyamoto is a narrative journalist and journalism educator. She has been a columnist and reporter at metro newspapers such as The Sacramento Bee and The Seattle Times, where she covered lifestyle, culture and trends.
As an award-winning journalism instructor at the University of Oregon, she cultivates the next generation of journalists by combining foundational skills with critical thinking and digital agility. She coordinates the SOJC’s multimedia storytelling sequence, Gateway to Media, as well as several experiential learning programs in such locations as New York, Cuba and Sri Lanka.
Her research and creative work focuses on community-building through storytelling.
MS, University of Oregon
BA, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise
Lifestyle and Culture Journalism
Gateway to Media I,II and III
Features I and II
2016 Jonathan Marshall Award for Innovative Teaching, School of Journalism and Communication
2016 Best Professor, 2nd place, Daily Emerald’s Best of Campus
2015 Outstanding Faculty Leader, University of Oregon Asian Pacific Islander Strategic Initiative Group
2015 Most Valuable Professor, University of Oregon Lacrosse Team
2011 Outstanding Teaching, School of Journalism and Communication
2011 Best Journalism Project, School of Journalism and Communication
2007 Best of the West Award, Features Reporting
2005 Best of the West Award, Features Reporting
2004 Excellence in Journalism Award, News Reporting
2000 Excellence in Journalism Award, News Reporting
2013 Blaine, Marquis and Heyamoto, Lisa, Break the News, Great River Learning
2014 Heyamoto, Lisa, “Chameleon Interviewing – How Changing Your Approach Can Be The Key To A Great Interview,” Interviewing: The Oregon Method, Oregon State University Press