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Journalist and Former Columnist, The New York Times

John W. Kluge Distinguished Visitor - Class of Spring 2005

Anthony Lewis was a columnist for the New York Times from 1969 until December 2001. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, and in 2001 he was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal.


Lewis is the author of three books: Gideon’s Trumpet, about a landmark Supreme Court case; Portrait of a Decade, about the great changes in American race relations; and Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment. He was also a Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Law School for 15 years, teaching a course called “The Constitution and the Press.” Lewis had taught at a number of other universities as a visitor, among them the Universities of California, Illinois, Oregon, and Arizona. From 1983 onwards he held the James Madison Visiting Professorship at Columbia University.


Anthony Lewis died on March 25, 2013, at age 85. He is survived by his wife, former Chief Justice Margaret Marshall.

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