Lisa Godley

Lisa Godley

Television Producer | Host

Lisa Godley is an Emmy Award Winning Television Producer and Show Host who also Co-Produces the award winning NPR public radio program, Another View.  The highly popular call-in show gives listeners an opportunity to hear today’s issues discussed from an African American perspective.

At WHRO, Lisa wears many hats, including producing several award winning documentaries and feature story vignettes.  She served as the Executive Producer and Host of WHRO’s Emmy Award winning Veterans Coming Home Television Special and produced all four of WHRO’s “Race:  Let’s Talk About It” Town Halls. When she’s not producing live television and radio programs, Lisa is writing and directing educational videos for WHRO. Her work has twice been recognized by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) as the Best in Public Television.

Her latest project is the WHRO Podcast Mind Over Manners, which she co-hosts with WHRV morning announcer Sondra Woodward. Together, aided by experts, they ask the uncomfortable ‘etiquette’ questions.  Their goal is to help listeners maneuver through socially awkward situations. Twice a month they tackle topics ranging from: what to say if a friend “comes out” to the best ways to handle a workplace romance!

Lisa earned her master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism and proudly received her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Norfolk State University.

Prior to her work at PBS, Lisa spent ten years working as an Anchor/Reporter in the Hampton Roads television market.  Throughout her career, she has worked as a television journalist in Nashville, Louisville and Washington, DC.

Lisa enjoys mentoring young people of all ages.  This includes, for the past six years, serving as WHRO’s liaison to the PBS News Hour’s Student Reporting Lab at Norfolk’s Granby High School. She also supervises as many as five college interns at a time for WHRO.



Award Winning Productions

Let Freedom Ring (2016 Telly Award)  A conversation hosted by Lisa Godley, showcasing Williamsburg’s historic First Baptist Church. The story of the 240 year old church, built by free and enslaved Africans is accentuated by a panel of local clergy from different denominations who share their perspectives and reflect on the significant role  religion has played in shaping their community and the nation.


Veterans Voices Town Hall (2015 Emmy Award) from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. (The industry’s benchmark for the recognition of television excellence)  A conversation hosted by Lisa Godley, who also served as the project’s Executive Producer.  This program links Veterans to the Services they need as they transition from military service to civilian life.


Veterans Coming Home Series (2015 Telly Award & 2015 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Award) (WHRO’s web series looks at the challenges Veterans face as they transition from military service to civilian life.


The First Africans in Virginia and Freedom’s Fortress: The Contraband Movement (both pieces were 2014 Telly Award Winners) honoring the very best in film and video productions. These two vignettes that accompanied the PBS “Many Rivers to Cross” series.


Solutions to the Dropout Crisis (2013 Virginia Association of Broadcasters Award) Best Human Interest Series.   A look at the organizations and people working to turn the dropout problem in the Hampton Roads region around.


Code Switching (2011 National Association of Black Journalists –NABJ Salute to Excellence Award – Best Documentary –Market Size 16 and below) A look at how the inability  to switch from informal speech to a more formal type of speech can impact where you work and what you earn.


The Norfolk 17:  Their Story   (2009 Telly Award) They were just teenagers who wanted a chance at a better education.  But in 1959 Norfolk, that was a problem.  African-American students weren’t allowed to go to historically white schools.

Public Media: the Media Industry’s Best Kept Secret

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When most people think of media, they think of commercial entertainment, news and network programming.  But, there is another world available.  Learn how public media is the media industry’s best kept secret.  It offers opportunities for content creation, diversity of thought and massive impact.  Hear it first hand from those who work in the field.

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