ABC 15 Bio: Lisa Fletcher
Lisa Fletcher is ABC 15's weekend anchor and award-winning investigative reporter. Lisa arrived in the Valley in the spring of 2002 as the first member of the new ABC15 iNVESTiGATORS, the nationally award winning investigative journalism team recognized across the country as one of the best in local television.
Fletcher's career as an investigative journalist, main anchor and live reporter brings a wealth of experience to the ABC15 newsroom. She moved to Phoenix from Oregon where she covered her share of natural disasters, including some of the Northwest's most devastating floods and forest fires. Her anchoring of one of the country's worst high school shootings helped earn her previous newsroom the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for broadcast excellence.
Fletcher's trademark is hard-hitting stories with a big outcome. Her undercover reports with the ABC15 iNVESTiGATORS have closed-down multi-million dollar Valley businesses cheating customers out of their hard-earned money. She's caught child predators attempting to lure kids into sexual relations. Her stories ultimately put these sex offenders behind bars. Her work has forced state agencies to clean up their acts - agencies wasting millions of dollars of your tax money. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office launched an investigation after Fletcher exposed lawmakers accused of political favors. Her work in the ABC15 iNVESTiGATORS unit has changed the way the Arizona protects your vital records. Her investigations have also brought to light corruption in the state's tow truck industry. On several occasions, lawmakers have used Fletcher's investigations as a tool to help identify and fix problems facing Arizonans.
Fletcher earned one of the highest honors in television - the national Edward R. Murrow Award - for exposing corrupt practices among Portland immigration officials. Her story lead to the release of a Sri Lankan woman, wrongfully imprisoned for two years after being picked up by port authorities and helped lead to the resignation of the a lead immigration official.
Fletcher beat out national contenders like "ABC News Nightline" and "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" to be the only television reporter honored in 2003 for her investigative reporting on drug and alcohol issues by "Drug Strategies." She was given the prestigious Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award and a $10,000 award for her stories that exposed children abusing over-the-counter medications, resulting in their tragic deaths. Fletcher and her producers donated their $10,000 in prize money to Valley agencies whose mission is to help kids stay off drugs.
Fletcher won multiple Emmy awards, has been recognized with First Place awards by the Associated Press for her writing and reporting and received the Society of Professional Journalists First Amendment Award for exposing grave security breaches at a state agency.
When Fletcher's not doing investigations or anchoring the Friday and Saturday night newscasts, she donates her time to organizations that assist children and animals. Fletcher hosted the Children's Miracle Network Telethon for eight years and is the two-time recipient of the Humane Society of Oregon's "Humane Achievement Award." Fletcher is a scuba diver, rides Morgan horses, loves to ski and work out.
Fletcher has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon and lives in Phoenix with her husband, two dogs and two cats.