Lisa Falkenberg has been a Houston Chronicle metro columnist since 2007. She writes twice weekly on topics ranging from education to the death penalty. A sixth-generation Texan, Lisa is the daughter of a truck driver and a homemaker, born and raised in the small south Texas town of Seguin. While studying journalism at the University of Texas, she covered the Legislature for two news bureaus. She joined The Associated Press' Dallas bureau in 2001 and the Chronicle in 2005. Her columns have earned top honors from the American Society of News Editors and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors, and she was a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.