The Department of Communication will host renowned investigative reporter and best selling author Charles Lewis for a talk on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. Lewis, who is the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University, will discuss the role journalists play in unveiling abuses of power. His talk, followed by a Q&A session, will be in the Communication Department’s conference room on the 8th floor.
Charles Lewis is a professor of journalism and the founding executive editor of the Investigative Reporting Workshop at the American University School of Communication in Washington, D.C. A former ABC News and CBS News “60 Minutes” producer, he founded the award-winning Center for Public Integrity and its International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the first global network of premier investigative reporters to develop and publish online multimedia exposés across borders. He is the author of “935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity” (2014, www.935lies.com), and the co-author of five Center books: “The Buying of the President” (1996), “The Buying of the Congress (1998), “The Buying of the President 2000,” “The Cheating of America” (2001), and The Buying of the President 2004,” a New York Times bestseller. He was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1998, and in 2004, he was given the PEN USA First Amendment award “for expanding the reach of investigative journalism, for his courage in going after a story regardless of whose toes he steps on, and for boldly exercising his freedom of speech and freedom of the press.” In 2009, the Encyclopedia of Journalism called him “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I.”