Anthony Lewis

About Anthony Lewis

Anthony Lewis, NF ’57, was New York Times columnist and Washington correspondent who specialized in the Supreme Court and First Amendment issues. He was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting twice. As a reporter for The New York Times, Lewis is credited with setting a new standard for coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, an accomplishment that was recognized in 1963 with a Pulitzer Prize. Eight years earlier, at the age of 28, he had won his first Pulitzer for a series of articles about the unjust firing of a Navy employee during the Red Scare. For more than 30 years, Lewis wrote a column about foreign affairs for the Times’s Op-Ed page. He also wrote several books, including two about landmark Supreme Court decisions. “Gideon’s Trumpet,” about the Supreme Court decision that established a right to legal counsel for poor defendants charged with serious crimes, hasn’t been out of print since it was published in 1964.

Newspapermen and Lawyers

By … 1960-1969 December 15, 1999

[July 1960] – I propose to speak tonight on a moderately pretentious topic, the public responsibilities of newspapermen and lawyers.… As my concern is public responsibility in our professions, I want to focus especially on Washington. In that city, I … Read more

1960: Newspapermen and Lawyers

By Journalism December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the July 1960 issue of Nieman Reports.] I propose to speak tonight on a moderately pretentious topic, the public responsibilities of newspapermen and lawyers.… As my concern is public responsibility in our professions, I want … Read more

1980: The New Reality

By First Amendment December 15, 1999

[This article originally appeared in the Spring 1980 issue of Nieman Reports.] Martin Chuzzlewit, the hero of Dickens’s novel of that name, sails to the United States on a packet boat. As the boat reaches New York harbor, it is … Read more