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January 1, 2006
Charles Lewis
President of the Fund for Independence in Journalism
Charles Lewis BIO:
President and CEO of the Fund for Independence in Journalism in Washington, DC, and also serves on the board of the Fund for Investigative Journalism.

· Founded the Center for Public Integrity, a
  nonprofit, nonpartisan watchdog organization
  in Washington that investigates political
  influence, corruption and other ethics-related
  issues, in 1988.
· Since 1992, he has spoken on corruption or journalism in Belarus,
  Belgium, Bolivia, China, Denmark, Egypt, England, France,
  Hungary, Ireland, Jamaica, Russia, Sweden and South Africa.
· Traveled to Ferghana Valley region of Uzbekistan & Kyrgystan in
  Central Asia as part of Council on Foreign Relations conflict-
  prevention fact-finding mission in 1997.
· Investigative reporter at ABC News and at CBS News as a
  producer for senior correspondent Mike Wallace at
  60 Minutes. (1977-88)
· Wrote for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los
  Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Columbia
  Journalism Review, The Nation & others.
· Volunteered in the 1972 re-election campaign of Delaware
  Gov. Russell Peterson, a Republican & later an internship with
  Sen. William Roth, R-DE.
· First job in journalism at the age of seventeen, working nights in
  the sports department of the Wilmington (Delaware)

· Master's degree from Johns Hopkins University School of
  Advanced International Studies in Washington and a B.A. in
  political science with honors and distinction from the University
  of Delaware.

Wrote or co-wrote several of the Center's studies and books that track political influence: The Buying of the President 2004 (2004), The Cheating of America (2001), The Buying of the President 2000 (2000), The Buying of the Congress (1998) and The Buying of the President (1996)

· 2004 George Polk Award
· PEN USA 2004 First Amendment award
· 1988 MacArthur Fellowship by the John D. and Catherine T.
  MacArthur Foundation
· Society of Professional Journalists' 1996 Sigma Delta Chi Award
  for Public Service in Newsletter Journalism.

Member of PEN USA, the Society of Professional Journalists, Investigative Reporters and Editors, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Committee of Concerned Journalists and the National Press Club.

A native of Newark, Delaware

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Info: Charles Lewis discusses freedom of the press issues and the influence of money on Congress and the Presidency.

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