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Lisa Klein

Community Engagement Coordinator
University Advancement
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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I am a one-stop shop point of contact to help community members and the university connect. 

Brief biography

After a successful 20-year career as an award-winning television news anchor and reporter at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Lisa has returned to her alma mater in a new role at UWL dedicated to building partnerships with the community. Lisa is an extensively trained communicator who can effectively identify partnerships that will meet community needs while enhancing student learning. Lisa's passion for public service is the center of her work in Community Engagement.


University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, La Crosse, WI

Bachelor of Arts-Mass Communications


Professional history

WKBT-TV News 8, La Crosse, WI (1997-2004)

Television News Producer/Reporter/Anchor 

Winona State University, Winona, MN (2004-2005)

Director of Public Information

WKBT-TV News 8, La Crosse, WI (2005-2019)

Television News Anchor/Education Reporter/Investigative Reporter



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, was named to the Board of Directors for La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, June 28.

Submitted on: June 28, 2022



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, presented "Connecting Community Engagement to Careers" at the Connect Wisconsin Conference on June 7 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Submitted on: June 8, 2022



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, was named to the Board of Directors for La Crosse Public Education Foundation on April 25.

Submitted on: May 2, 2022



Courtney Warax, New Student & Family Programs; Lisa Klein, Community Engagement; Scott Brown, Facilities Planning & Management; Chelsea Wyman, Murphy Library; Justin Davis, Music; Willem Vanroosenbeek, Pride Center; Nathan Barnhart, Rec Sports; Laurie Harmon, Recreation Management & Therapeutic Recreation; Jenni Brundage and Andie Coxey, both Residence Life; Jamie Henk, Student Association student; Kyle Burke, Magann Dykema, Drea Higgins, Michael Slevin and Corey Stilwell, all University Centers; Kaylie Connaughty and Maren Walz, both University Marketing & Communications; and Gabrielle Smartt, Wellness, Health Advocacy; served on the Eagle Fest Planning Committee. The planning committee was responsible for Eagle Fest, a festival full of music, entertainment, food, and fun. It was an exciting opportunity for all students, faculty, staff, family members and local community neighbors to come together and celebrate the beginning of the fall semester!

Submitted on: Sept. 13, 2021



Lisa Klein, Community Engagement, received the award for Micro-credential in Community Partnerships from Campus Compact. Lisa Klein successfully earned a credential in Community Partnerships through Campus Compact's Community Engagement Professional Credentialing Program. Klein earned this distinction by demonstrating her competency to demonstrate an ability to effectively cultivate, facilitate, and maintain high-quality partnerships with community organizations and representatives.

Submitted on: April 16, 2021