Lisa De Bode is a Belgian-Dutch journalist based in Brooklyn. Her reporting focuses on the public health effects of violence — terrorism, domestic violence, war, and migration — on community ties.
In 2016, her reporting on female homelessness sparked a law in the New York legislature that provides free pads and tampons to city shelters; a bill in Congress that would allow people to pay for feminine hygiene products with their flexible spending accounts; and a vote by FEMA that permitted shelters to purchase menstrual products with grant funds. In 2014, her reporting was awarded a Sigma Delta Chi as part of an AJAM series on Native American veterans and their struggle with PTSD. In 2011, her book from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on women’s rights was awarded the Aanmoedigingsprijs Dick Scherpenzeel, the Dutch foreign reporting prize for young journalists.
Other awards and supporters of her work include the Magnum Foundation, TEDx, the United Nations Refugee Agency, Allianz Kulturstiftung, JournalismFund.eu, International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture.
She holds master's degrees from the University of Leuven, Belgium, and Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, United States. She is also a graduate of Columbia University's workshops in crisis zone reporting and narrative medicine.