Lisa Pemberton on Make No Bones About It. September 3rd, 2017 at 4pm


Lisa Pemberton (White Earth Chippewa) is a reporter and news team leader at The Olympian. She covers education, Thurston County government and breaking news. She has worked for the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs, the Department of Labor and Industries and The Seattle Times. Lisa’s parents are the late Jerry and Norma Pemberton, who helped lead (and in some cases create) drug and alcohol prevention programs for numerous tribes including Puyallup, Muckleshoot and Squaxin Island. She was raised in Washington State and has close ties to several Puget Sound tribes. Lisa and her husband Todd have three children, ages 10, 12 and 16. She has won several awards and was most recently honored with national awards from the Native American Journalists Association for stories on the Paddle to Nisqually (canoe journey) and controversial test tickets fired at JBLM that affected the Nisqually tribal community.

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