Lisa Tolin

Lisa Tolin is the Editorial Director at PEN America. Previously, Lisa served as Head of Special Projects for TODAY Digital at NBC News, where she also served as supervising editor for health and wellness at and She spent more than a decade at The Associated Press, managing departments in lifestyles and entertainment news, helping to lead a team that launched asap, a vertical focused on the millennial audience, and working as national editor and supervisor on the national news desk. 

Lisa’s debut picture book, How to Be a Rock Star, illustrated by Daniel Duncan, published in August 2022 with G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 


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