30 Facts About Anthony Lewis


Anthony Lewis was an American public intellectual and journalist.

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Anthony Lewis was twice winner of the Pulitzer Prize, and was a columnist for The New York Times.

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Anthony Lewis is credited with creating the field of legal journalism in the United States.

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Anthony Lewis attended the Horace Mann School in the Bronx, where he was a classmate of Roy Cohn, and graduated from Harvard College in 1948.

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Anthony Lewis left in 1952 to work for the Democratic National Committee on Adlai Stevenson's presidential campaign.

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Anthony Lewis returned to journalism at the Washington Daily News, an afternoon tabloid.

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Anthony Lewis wrote a series of articles on the case of Abraham Chasanow, a civilian employee of the U S Navy, who had been dismissed from his job on the basis of allegations by anonymous informers that he associated with anti-American subversives.

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Anthony Lewis returned to The New York Times that year as its Washington bureau chief.

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Anthony Lewis was assigned to cover the Justice Department and the Supreme Court.

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Anthony Lewis won a second Pulitzer Prize in 1963, again in the category National Reporting, for his coverage of the U S Supreme Court.

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Anthony Lewis published a second book in 1964, Portrait of a Decade: The Second American Revolution, about the civil rights movement.

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In 1991, Mr Lewis published Make No Law, an account of The New York Times v Sullivan, the 1964 Supreme Court decision that revolutionized American libel law.

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Anthony Lewis moved to New York in 1969 and began writing a twice-weekly opinion column for the Times.

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Anthony Lewis continued to write these pieces, which appeared under the heading "At Home Abroad" or "Abroad at Home" depending on his byline, until retiring in 2001.

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Anthony Lewis did things that were very damaging to human beings.

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Anthony Lewis held the school's James Madison chair in First Amendment Issues from 1982.

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Anthony Lewis lectured at Harvard from 1974 to 1989 and was a visiting lecturer at several other colleges and universities, including the universities of Arizona, California, Illinois, and Oregon.

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In 1983, Anthony Lewis received the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Award as well as an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Colby College.

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Anthony Lewis served for decades as a member of the Harvard Crimson's graduate board and as one of its trustees.

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Anthony Lewis was a key player in the fundraising and reconstruction of the paper's Plympton Street building.

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Anthony Lewis was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2005.

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Anthony Lewis served on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists and its policy committee.

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Anthony Lewis was a member of the Whitney R Harris World Law Institute's International Council.

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Anthony Lewis read the First Amendment as a restriction on the ability of the federal government to regulate speech, but opposed attempts to broaden its meaning to create special protection for journalists.

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Anthony Lewis approved when a federal court in 2005 jailed Judith Miller, a The New York Times reporter, for refusing to name her confidential sources as a special prosecutor demanded she do.

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Anthony Lewis opposed journalists' advocacy of a federal "shield law" to allow journalists to refuse to reveal their sources.

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Anthony Lewis cited the case of Wen Ho Lee, whose privacy was, in Lewis' view, violated by newspapers who published leaked information and then refused to identify the sources of those leaks, preferring to agree to a financial settlement.

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Anthony Lewis noted that the newspapers said they were acting to "protect our journalists from further sanctions", thus privileging their own needs over the damage caused the victim of the false information they printed.

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Anthony Lewis relocated from New York to Cambridge while he was a New York Times columnist.

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Anthony Lewis had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a few years earlier.

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