Anthony Lewis

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Anthony Lewis, "twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, is a columnist for The New York Times. His column, which appears on the Op-Ed page, is called Abroad at Home. Residing in Boston, he travels widely in this country and abroad. Prior to becoming a columnist he was based in Washington, D.C., covering the Supreme Court, and in London as its bureau chief.

"From 1948 to 1952 he worked for the Sunday Department of The Times. In 1952 he became a general assignment reporter for the Washington Daily News. In 1955 he won his first Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, for a series of articles on the dismissal of a Navy employee as a security risk. The articles led to the employee's reinstatement.

"Mr. Lewis joined the Washington Bureau of The Times in 1955 to cover the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and other legal subjects. From 1956 to 1957 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, studying law. In the following years he reported on, among other things, the Warren Court and the Federal Government's responses to the civil rights movement. He won his second Pulitzer Prize in 1963 for his coverage of the Supreme Court.

"He is the author of three books: "Gideon's Trumpet," published in 1964, about a landmark Supreme Court case giving impoverished criminal defendants the right to an attorney, "Portrait of a Decade," about the great changes in American race relations, and "Make No Law," published in 1991 by Random House, about The New York Times v. Sullivan case, the landmark Supreme Court decision which changed the course of First Amendment litigation in America. He has also published numerous articles in legal journals.

"Mr. Lewis was born in New York City on March 27, 1927. He attended the Horace Mann School in New York and received his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1948.

"Mr. Lewis was a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School, teaching a course on The Constitution and the Press for fifteen years. He has taught at a number of other universities as a visitor, among them the Universities of California, Illinois, Oregon and Arizona. Since 1983 he has held the James Madison Visiting Professorship at Columbia University." [1]

Lewis, "one of the founding board members of" Committee to Protect Journalists, "has served the organization since its inception in 1981. In February 2008, Lewis joined CPJ's advisory board." [2]

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  1. Anthony Lewis, The New York Times, accessed November 15, 2008.
  2. Anthony Lewis, Committee to Protect Journalists, accessed November 15, 2008.