Lisa was hired in April 2014 and oversees underwriting and membership at the station. She is responsible for growing underwriting and membership support, along with her fund drive duties on and off the air. She enjoys listening to her favorite programs on WYSU: Wait, Wait- Don't Tell Me and Fresh Air.
Lisa's work in public broadcasting began during her years at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She landed an internship at the public radio station WMUB where she produced and anchored local news cut-ins. After graduation, Lisa worked as a reporter, anchor, producer, and assignment manager at NBC stations in Michigan, South Dakota, and Vermont. After 11 years of reporting, she left television news to pursue a career in fundraising.
Lisa's new career took her in new directions: she has raised funds for Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Vermont Children's Hospital, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington City Arts, and Hunger Free Vermont. She did all of this while starting a family, which now includes 2 children, Madeline and Henry.
In 2012, Lisa's husband, Grady Long, was offered a teaching position at his alma mater – Crestview High School. The couple could not pass up the chance to move to the area and raise their children near their grandparents. Once settled here, Lisa’s job search led her to The Rich Center for Autism at Youngstown State University. She served as the Associate Director of Development there before moving across campus to WYSU.
Lisa has been busy in the community as well. She graduated as Class Coordinator from Leadership Mahoning Valley and was named one of the "25 Under 35" in 2014. She also served as the New Generations Chair for the Youngstown Rotary.
Being a good a public radio supporter is a habit she formed while growing up.
"Public radio has been a constant in my life since I was a child, the daughter of a man who fancied himself the next Garrison Keeler," Lisa explains. "When we moved to Ohio from Vermont, where Vermont Public Radio was nothing short of a religion, one of the first things we did was find the local NPR station. It's a constant in our cars and in our home."
In her free time Lisa is busy exploring the Mahoning Valley, venturing to Cleveland and Pittsburgh often, searching for amazing vegetarian food, and raising little fans of public radio– no small task!