Lisa DeJong has been a staff photographer for The Plain Dealer of Clevaland since 2007. She was previously on staff at the Flint Journal and Muskegon Chronicle in Michigan and the St. Petersburg Times in Florida. DeJong was named Photographer of the Year in the Ohio News Photographers Association competition in 2009, and was runner-up in 2008.
She was also runner-up for Michigan Press Photographers Association photographer of the year when she worked in Muskegon. Her work has been featured in the Columbia Journalism Review and has received accolades from Pictures of the Year International, Best of Photojournalism, the Associated Press and the Association for Women in Communications. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Michigan State University in 1992.