Lynette is a New York City-based journalist, editor and multimedia producer.
Early in her career she reported on public schools in Mississippi and Louisiana and then on the environment in the Florida Panhandle. It was in the Bible Belt where she became interested in the topic of religion as a form of cultural expression, specifically how people of faith live out their values. Upon returning to New York, she joined the staff of the Episcopal News Service viewing it as an opportunity to better understand the role of faith in public life and to do national and international advocacy journalism.
In the decade she has worked as a reporter and editor for ENS she has focused on stories that seek to move readers to address food insecurity, homelessness, unequal access to education and health care, economic inequality and environmental injustice. She has reported stories on subjects ranging from the trans-Atlantic slave trade and slavery’s legacy in the United States to forced displacement in Central America’s Northern Triangle to the migrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border, from climate change’s impact on a barrier island in the Arctic to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement.
As someone raised working class in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she does not take for granted the opportunities she had to learn about the world through travel mostly for work to more than 30 countries and 49 of 50 states, and to have spent time living in El Salvador. She earned a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and spent the 2017-18 academic year as Ted Scripps Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Center for Environmental Journalism. She has lived in the Midwest, South, West and the Northeast.