Faculty & Staff

Lisa Heyamoto

Lisa Heyamoto

Senior Instructor of Journalism, Gateway Coordinator

322 Allen Hall

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

Feature Writing
Lifestyle and Culture Journalism
Multimedia Journalism
Experiential Learning
Media Trust
Media Literacy
Community Engagement


Media Professions
Gateway to Media I,II and III
Reporting I
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


ID Course Name Duration Start Date
SOJC Research Seminar: Bridging The Gap 57:03 November 15, 2017