Lyz Lenz, Nieman Lab

Lyz Lenz

Nieman Lab

Iowa, United States

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Past articles by Lyz:

Doing a little word puzzle as the world burns

"I started playing word games as a way to stop reading the news first thing in the morning." → Read More

From the Archive: Why Writing Matters in the Age of Despair

No word is wasted. No story is told in vain. → Read More

It’s been two years. Why does the pandemic feel so much harder for me now?

The vaccines have saved lives, but our support systems have collapsed. → Read More

Staring Contest

How election reporters see us, and how we view them → Read More

Lyz Lenz: New York's Andrew Cuomo investigation hits a snag — because of course it does

If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we have to stop hoping that men will save us. → Read More

When the Mob Comes

An interview with author Talia Lavin about online harassment and what you can do about it → Read More

The Only New Friends I Made This Year Were My Children

I worry my kids and I have become too close, that the boundaries between us are forever blurred. My daughter talks to me like she's 47, and my son calls me bro. But in the middle of this profoundly broken time, I’m grateful they're in it with me. → Read More

Thread Man

For four years, America has been ruled by the tyranny of tweets, and the news media has been tangled in threads. Twitter threads are a way for journalists to gather information and to promote their work; Virginia Heffernan wrote in Politico that they have become the “literary form of the Trump era.” In some ways, virality has enabled marginalized voices to be heard, but an ecosystem ruled by… → Read More

Welcome to Iowa, a state that doesn’t care if you live or die

The governor lifted all covid-19 restrictions — showing what we really mean when we say “Iowa nice.” → Read More

If Biden and Harris are serious about recovery, they have to bail out American women

If there’s a silver lining to the coronavirus, maybe it’ll be the moment when lawmakers started to recognize that the economy depends on American women. → Read More

The real reason local newspapers are dying » Nieman Journalism Lab

"I left daily newspaper journalism in 2005. But it’s only gotten worse, because now there is the internet to scapegoat for all of the incompetence and thievery." → Read More

White women vote Republican. Get used to it, Democrats.

White women are not a swing voting bloc. → Read More

Joni Ernst and the White Lie of 'Conservative Feminism'

“Joni doesn’t know beans” was the trending joke on the internet the night of the final debate between Joni Ernst, Iowa’s Republican incumbent senator, and Democratic challenger, Theresa Greenfield. → Read More

Iowa Republicans are only pivoting toward the center to save their hold on the state

Their change of tone is indicative of how desperately Republicans are trying to pivot in case Democrats win the presidency and/or the Senate. → Read More

The Power—And Threat—Of Mothers Like Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett’s motherhood is fetishized not because the GOP cares about moms, but because finding a mother who shares its interests is good for their brand. → Read More

Trumpism is based on a shared delusion about our politics. The virus punctured it.

Trump and his supporters could avoid that reality if Trump and his supporters could hide in their red bubbles. The virus punctured that bubble. → Read More

We have another health crisis: STIs going undetected

In Iowa, we deal with hardship through grit, determination and passive-aggressive denial. → Read More

It Took Divorce to Make My Marriage Equal

I spent 12 years fighting for an equal partnership, when what I needed was a divorce. → Read More

It Took Divorce to Make My Marriage Equal

I spent 12 years fighting for an equal partnership, when what I needed was a divorce. → Read More

Theresa Greenfield will not make you squeal

I do not want to write about Theresa Greenfield. Not really. After all, what is there to say? She's an exceptionally capable and competent leader and a Democrat. It's almost boring in that comforting way of chicken and rice casserole and the world before where we could go a day or two without being constantly reminded of the disaster of our American politics. → Read More