Lisa Collins is a syndicated columnist, writer and publisher. Her career in gospel began in 1988, with the creation of “Inside Gospel”, a daily/weekly syndicated radio series that provided news, profiles and product updates relative to the gospel music community. For the next eight years, she would serve as executive producer of the show that was broadcast in more than 100 markets nationwide, and for more than a decade as the gospel editor at Billboard Magazine with a column dubbed ”In The Spirit”.
In 1995, frustrated by a void in quality publications serving the African-American community and the church as well, Ms. Collins founded L.A. Focus. A community-based publication, L.A. Focus On The Word strives to acknowledge the role of the church-and it’s growing clout-in the progress, state and politics of L.A.’s African-American community, while spotlighting news and issues of interest to the Black community at large. In 1998, L.A. Focus established it’s first annual First Ladies High Tea, which draws upwards of 1,000 women and 50 churches together each year for an afternoon of inspiration and praise. In April 2005, the newspaper launched its first annual “Ultimate Guide To Churches In Los Angeles.”
Collins, a Los Angeles native and resident, has also served as a segment producer for BET and authored well over 300 articles on a variety of issues for a number of national publications from Essence to Upscale. Her background in the field of entertainment reporting is extensive, featuring cover stories and interviews with the likes of Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson and Prince.
In addition to publishing the Gospel Roundup and L.A. Focus, Collins serves as a senior music editor at Gospelmusicchannel.com and a workshop facilitator.