Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray

Lisa Waterman Gray is a freelance writer and photographer in Overland Park, Kan. and the Kansas City metropolitan area. Her byline has appeared in Chow Town/the Kansas City Star, Dreamscapes Travel and Lifestyle Magazine (Canadian), five AAA magazines, Midwest Living, Missouri Life, KANSAS!, Feast Magazine, and others. Lisa’s online stories have also posted at,,,,, and She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul, Messages from Heaven and Other Miracles (January 2019) and author of the 400-page statewide travel book, An Explorer’s Guide: Kansas (June 2011, The Countryman Press/W.W. Norton & Company).

Latest stories from Lisa Waterman Gray

​How a small Iowa city became a legendary music hotspot

The Surf Ballroom & Museum is a historic rock and roll landmark in Iowa that showcases history while also promoting the future of music.

How a Springfield, Missouri chocolate maker serves local and international youth

Askinosie Chocolates are acclaimed in the food world, but their Chocolate University's mission is to "inspire students to become global citizens"

How Dolly Parton shares the gift of reading with children

Dolly Parton began the Imagination Library as a way to serve children and encourage literacy in her hometown of Sevier County, Tennessee.

Visit the world’s only museum dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich history of African-American baseball

The ​Kansas City baseball museum celebrates 100 years since the founding of the Negro National League.

​In northern Kansas, this organization readies dogs and owners for service

The organization breeds and trains Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers to become service companions or for other individual and facility needs.

Art and creativity provide a special kind of healing in Kentucky

Hands Healing HeArts participants undertake writing, drama, music, sculpture and visual arts projects as vehicles for self-discovery and expression.

​How barbecue became a lifesaver

Providing barbecue meals for displaced residents and emergency personnel is one small way to temporarily soothe the harsh realities of immense recovery efforts.