Lisa Fernandez

Lisa Fernandez

Digital Content Producer

Lisa Fernandez is an old-fashioned newspaper reporter who works online in a TV station.

Lisa came to KTVU in 2017 and has worked in the Bay Area as a journalist for more than 30 years.

At KTVU, Lisa covers the sexual abuse scandal at the all-women's FCI Dublin prison, the in-custody deaths at Santa Rita Jail, and the federal oversight over the Oakland Police Department. She also covers breaking news, civil rights cases, immigration and education issues and actually loves doing a light feature.

Lisa truly believes that journalism can effect change, by letting the public know more about the world that they live in.

Lisa spent most of her career as a print reporter for the San Jose Mercury News, covering cops, city hall and religion. She's also worked at the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, NBC Bay Area, and the Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, New York, where she is from.

She met her husband in 1995 when they were both young reporters at her first real journalism job: Bay City News in San Francisco.

Lisa loves to teach journalism and she has been an adjunct professor at San Jose State University. She has her master's degree in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University.

In her free time, Lisa volunteers with the Society of Professional Journalists at San Quentin Prison helping incarcerated men hone their writing and reporting skills, and she coaches high school seniors write their college essays.

She is also an exercise instructor, teaching spin, yoga, aqua and body sculpting classes.

Lisa lives in Oakland, Calif., with her husband. She has two adult children.

Have a story tip or idea for Lisa? Contact Lisa at or (510) 874-0139. 

The latest from Lisa Fernandez

Richmond OKs turning Point Molate into 80-acre park

The Richmond City Council on Friday voted to create an 80-acre regional park at Point Molate, an old Navy fuel storage facility located on the San Pablo Peninsula about a mile north of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. 

Oakland crews pave potholes on Skyline Boulevard

Oakland crews began paving over potholes on Skyline Boulevard – a popular and steep route for bicyclists – after KTVU revealed the city has paid out the most of any Bay Area city to people who have suffered serious injuries on this stretch of rough road. 

Prison oversight bill inspired by FCI Dublin sexual abuse, corruption heads to Biden

The Senate passed legislation Wednesday to overhaul oversight and bring greater transparency to the crisis-plagued federal Bureau of Prisons where reporting from The Associated Press exposed systemic corruption in the federal prison system and reporting from KTVU highlighted the intense sexual abuses at the all-women's prison in Dublin, Calif. 

Subpoena sheds light on FBI investigation of Oakland mayor, Duongs

Oakland's city attorney faces a Thursday deadline to hand over documents to the FBI after the U.S. Attorney in Northern California issued criminal grand jury subpoenas to city officials in the widening probe of the city's politically connected recycling company owners and Mayor Sheng Thao.