Lise Olsen



Lise Olsen is a Houston-based senior reporter and editor at the Texas Observer. Lise has investigated many twisted Texas tales, including crooked judges, an unjust execution, massive environmental disasters, myriad cases of corporate and public corruption, and unsolved serial killings. Her reports in three states over 20 years contributed to the prosecutions of a former congressman and a federal judge, inspired laws and reforms, helped solve cold cases, restored names to unidentified murder victims, and freed dozens of wrongfully-held prisoners. Her work is featured in CNN's “The Wrong Man” (2015) about the innocence claims of executed offender Ruben Cantu and the six-part A&E series on the victims of a 1970s serial killer, The Eleven, (2017). She is the author of Code of Silence: Sexual Misconduct by Federal Judges, the Secret System that Protects Them and the Women who Blew the Whistle.

Articles by Lise Olsen
A closeup of a needle loaded with a vaccine, held in the hand of a medical professional wearing blue gloves. In the background, they are applying an alcohol swab to a grey-haired person who will receive the vaccine in their shoulder. There's increasing hesitancy where once there was widespread acceptance of vaccines in Texas.

The Shot Boosters

Vaccines are under attack in Texas, and public health experts warn we'll pay a price in more outbreaks and deaths from preventable diseases.

by Lise Olsen