About Me

“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.”
-Rudyard Kipling

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 (I am originally from the state of Chihuahua), 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. After a very brief stint 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.

 

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2 thoughts on “About Me

  1. You seem to have found your way in life at a remarkably early age. As long as you maintain your objectivity, and work within the highest ethical standards, you’ll certainly find it rewarding. Best of luck.

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