bio

The kids at the READ Global library in Ura, Bhutan on the day I paid a visit.

Before Lisa Napoli wrote Radio Shangri-La, she’d worked for CNN, as a technology reporter in the early days of the Web at The NY Times, in a similar capacity at MSNBC, and also at the public radio show Marketplace.  (In that order, and with a variety of other jobs in between.)

Her biography of the late philanthropist, Mrs. Joan Kroc was just published by Dutton.  You can find more about this new book, titled Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and the Woman Who Gave it All Away, here.

Lisa is most proud of her work as the founding board chair of the Bhutan Media Society, which produces the all-volunteer Bhutan News Service, begun by Bhutanese refugees back in the camps in Nepal and continued now in diaspora.  For her use of social media in leading a cooking group on Skid Row in Los Angeles, she won the Downtown Women’s Center a $25,000 Halo Award.

She also loves to talk about the themes in Radio Shangri-la in front of groups large and small, which she has done around the world.  And while she is happy to hear about your trip to Bhutan, or recommend tour guides, please note that she is unable to arrange for volunteer opportunities (after many mostly futile years of attempting connections) or to consult on how a visitor might alter their itinerary (as most guides are following a route proscribed by their tour agency.)

Lisa grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. She lists all these things on this page in case you’re confusing her with another Lisa Napoli.  Or, in case you want to be in touch.