former journalists discuss a profession in crisis

Chuck Lewis

In 1988, when Chuck Lewis left 60 Minutes, then considered the “Mount Olympus of Journalism,” his colleagues doubted his sanity.  But Lewis proved them wrong, pioneering a new way to do investigative reporting outside the parameters of mainstream journalism. Even more remarkable, he’s one of the few reporters who went toe to toe with the late Don Hewitt, 60 Minutes’ famously cantankerous creator, and it was Hewitt who blinked.  His story explores his growing disillusionment with television news, and his groundbreaking work as founder of the Center for Public Integrity.  His achievements won him a MacArthur “genius” fellowship in 1998.

Read Mr. Lewis’s bio at the Investigative Reporting Workshop


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