“I keep six honest serving men (they taught me all I knew).
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.”
Hi there! Welcome, and thank you for stopping by my site.
My name is Lissandra Villa, and I am a politics reporter with BuzzFeed News based in Washington, D.C. I am a proud journalism and political science alumna of Iowa State University.
My journey to the nation’s capital began in Mexico, but I grew up calling Iowa home. It should come as no surprise that the state known for the first-in-the-nation caucuses cultivated my interest in politics to the extent that I knew I wanted to be a journalist by the eighth grade.
Since high school, where I spent a lot of time working on our student-run broadcast program, I have been known to lug cameras around. That was about the time I learned that I love telling people about everything happening in the world around them.
In college, I only became better known as a journalist. I worked on campus publications and even founded and served as editor-in-chief of a politics magazine, a point of pride.
My friends saw little of me during my senior year of school because I spent a lot of my free time covering breaking news and the run-up to the 2016 Iowa caucuses for The Des Moines Register. I have many fond memories of driving hours across the state to catch different presidential candidates’ events.
I graduated in May 2016 and moved to Washington, D.C. to work at TIME magazine and continue covering the election as an intern. After a very brief stint as an intern on NPR’s election desk, I found myself working for BuzzFeed News, which is the journalism version of a happily ever after.
My interests include horseback riding, hiking and eating dessert. I also enjoy watercolor painting, a hobby I picked up more for the love of mixing the colors together than talent. If not wherever news is happening, I can be found in the Impressionist section of an art museum, FaceTiming my dog or reading whatever happens to be in front of me. Had I not grown up to become a journalist, I like to think I would have either been a racehorse jockey or an astronaut.
If you have any questions or would like to share pictures of cute baby animals, please do not hesitate to get a hold of me.