Lisa LaPlante



Spokesperson, Kent County Health Department, September 2011-present

  • Writing and issuing news releases and statements on a variety of health issues
  • Speaking on-air with media regarding health matters
  • Creating marketing campaigns 
  • Social Media Specialist  


News Reporter, FOX-17 News, WXMI, Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo - November 1998-September 2011 - DMA 39  

  • Social Media specialist with emphasis on breaking/hard news 

  • General Assignment News, Sports and Weather reporting 

  • Research, shoot, interview, write, edit and report stories for broadcast and internet   

  • Daily use of OPUS, ENPS AP News System, Sony HD camera, DNE and Final Cut Pro Editing  

  • Developing and maintaining solid relationships with newsmakers and sources  

  • Fill-in anchoring, training of interns, and public appearances   

  • First reporter hired in 1998 as part of a start-up newsroom operation, #1 in demo (Adults 18-49) for late news at time of departure  


Adjunct Faculty, Cornerstone University, Grand Rapids – August 2002-December 2002

  • Introduction to Communications Course Instructor, based on career experience


Reporter, NBC-25 News, WEYI, Flint/Saginaw – November 1995-October 1998 – DMA 65

  • Research, interview, write and report news for broadcast 

  • Live shots, on-set and newsroom reporting and anchoring  

  • Occasional public appearances

  • Line producing


Assignment Editor/Field Producer, NBC 4, WDIV, Detroit September 1994-November 1995 - DMA 10

  • Assignment Editor:  Management of up to 15 crews on stories; included research, story assignments, scheduling for next day/weekends.

  • Field Producer: Research, interview, write and assist in editing field or specialty reports for anchors and reporters.


Intern, NBC-4, WDIV, Detroit - April 1994-August 1994

During this internship, I worked as a production assistant on a three day remote of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” live in Detroit, assisting with set-up of computer systems, editing scripts, and supportive errands.    



  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor:  BA Communications - May 1995 

  • Poynter Institute:  “Power Reporting: Telling Stronger Stories”  - March 2006




  • Michigan Associated Press honorable mention for Hard News, “MSU Riots” 1999

  • Michigan Associated Press honorable mention for Feature, “Soldier Story” 2005

  • Four-time Michigan Emmy Nominee (2000, 2001, 2006, 2012)

  • Calhoun Co. Victim’s Advocate Award, 2005 

  • Michigan Associated Press “Best Investigative Reporting” 2007