Lisa Pickoff-White

Lisa Pickoff-White


Lisa Pickoff-White is the California Reporting Project’s Director of Research. She’s working to turn law enforcement use-of-force and misconduct records into a searchable database for public consumption and to drive impactful reporting.

At KQED, she worked on award-winning investigations examining fire risk, how older people are increasingly living in fire prone areas and the breakdown of emergency response systems. During the pandemic, she dug into her years of experience with death investigations to examine excess and disproportionate deaths due to COVID-19 and drug overdoses. She also has years of experience covering immigration detention, jails and prisons.

As a data journalist and digital producer, Lisa has led digital election coverage, from statewide voter guides to campaign finance metrics and election night results. She’s produced applications to meet daily audience needs, from fire, smoke and electrical outage maps to COVID-19 case rates, hospitalizations and deaths.

At the Center for Investigative Reporting she helped cover a wide range of topics from nursing home deaths to water contamination.

Her work has appeared in media outlets ranging from the Washington Post to NPR. The collaborative reporting she has produced as part of different investigative teams has been a finalist for a Peabody in 2018, and has received such honors as a national Edward R. Murrow for investigative broadcast and from groups including the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors and SXSW.