Lisa Desjardins Bio, Age, Family, Husband, PBS NewsHour, Book, Net Worth

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Lisa Desjardins Biography

Born in Hawaii, Lisa Desjardins is an American political journalist who works as a correspondent at the PBS NewsHour.

She previously worked for the Associated Press and CNN Radio.

Lisa Desjardins Age

Desjardins was born on January 29, 1972. She is 48 years old as of 2020.

Lisa Desjardins Family

Desjardins grew up in Annandale, Virginia. Her father worked in the Navy and later on, as a college teacher. There is no information about her mother. Desjardins has three siblings and seven half-siblings on her father’s side.

Lisa Desjardins Husband

Desjardins is married to Jason Desjardins. Lisa and Jason got married in 2007. The couple has a son who was born in 2016. They reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

Lisa Desjardins Education

Desjardins attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1994.

She later went to Russia to further her studies at Herzen University in Saint Petersburg for two years. While there, she studied Russian studies and learned to speak Russian.

Desjardins also attended Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism where she received her Master of Science degree in journalism in 1997.

Lisa Desjardins Career

Desjardins began her career in journalism at the local television station WBTW in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in 1998. She worked at the station until 199 when she got fired.

She went on to work as a freelance reporter for The Sun News, a Myrtle Beach newspaper as well as a freelance reporter for the news agency Reuters.

Desjardins left The Sun News in October 1999 and joined the Columbia NBC-affiliate WIS as a political reporter. While there, she covered the debate on the display of the Confederate Flag at the South Carolina State House. She also covered the South Carolina Legislature as well as the 2000 Republican presidential primaries.

In 2003, Desjardins moved to work at the Associated Press where she became a newswoman at Washington, D.C. She reported on stories like the 2004 presidential election; Medicaid; hurricanes; and the Iraq War.


Desjardins joined CNN in 2005. While at CNN she worked as CNN Radio’s Congress correspondent and would also report for and CNN’s news channel as well from time to time. In 2013, CNN Radio was shut down after which Desjardins was transferred to CNN’s Washington Bureau, where she worked as a Capitol Hill reporter.

During her time at CNN she reported on the 2010 Haiti earthquake for CNN Radio. The coverage was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi Award.

She left CNN in August 2014 after she was laid off.

PBS NewsHour

In October 2014, Desjardins joined PBS NewsHour as a political reporter. Later in July 2015, Desjardins got promoted to “political director”. She also writes articles for the website of the NewsHour.

Lisa Desjardins Book

While working at CNN, Desjardins wrote a personal finance book together with Rick Emerson. The book is called Zombie Economics: A Guide to Personal Finance. It was published in May 2011.

Lisa Desjardins Net Worth

Lisa has an estimated net worth of around $2 million.