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Lisa McLendon

William Allen White Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications
Multimedia Journalism Concentration Chair, Lecturer
Bremner Editing Center Coordinator
Primary office:
Stauffer-Flint Hall
Room 112
University of Kansas
1435 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045-7515


Lisa McLendon joined KU as the coordinator of the Bremner Editing Center in August 2012. She spent seven years as the deputy news desk chief at the Wichita Eagle, where she also wrote book reviews and coordinated the Grammar Monkeys blog and Twitter account. She launched her journalism career on the copy desk at the Denton (Texas) Record-Chronicle after earning a doctorate in Slavic Linguistics from the University of Texas. She has taught news editing at the University of North Texas, Friends University in Wichita, and Wichita State University.

Lisa has been a member of American Copy Editors Society since 2000, serving as secretary from 2007-2010 and then vice president for conferences from 2010-2014. She has presented numerous sessions at national and regional ACES conferences, on topics such as grammar, punctuation, headlines and math. Lisa was also a member of the Panel of Critical Readers for the third edition of Garner's Modern American Usage. She loves linguistic humor, proper use of the verb "comprise" and numbers that add up.

Academic Degrees

  • B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri
  • M.A. Slavic Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin
  • Ph.D. Slavic Linguistics, University of Texas, Austin


  • 2021 Bob and Kathie Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award
  • 2016 Tim Bengtson Faculty Mentor Award



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