Lisa Oakes is on the faculty of the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communications, where she teaches journalism. Her own reporting has appeared in local, regional and national newspapers and magazines, such as the Huffington Post, as well as on international platforms, including Transitions magazine in the Czech Republic and Al-Jazeera English coverage in Qatar and Egypt. After returning to the U.S., she worked as a political and business reporter, breaking a story that led to three federal indictments and convictions in a $500 million Ponzi scheme. Before working as a reporter, she managed public relations for political campaigns and interest groups in the Midwest and Washington, D.C. Oakes holds a B.A. in political science from TCU and M.A. in News-Editorial Journalism form the University of Nebraska—Lincoln.
Oakes, her husband and four-year-old twins live in Des Moines. Of living in the Midwest, she says: “Even though I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to travel and work around the U.S. and even abroad, I always intended to come back to the Midwest to live, work and raise my family. The opportunities, quality of life and sensibility of the people in Iowa and the Midwest are unbeatable. I love living in Iowa and guiding my students toward opportunities here in Iowa or wherever their dreams may take them.”