Anthony Lewis was an American journalist and columnist, known for his work in the New York Times. He also won the Pulitzer Prize twice, once in 1955 and again in 1963. His first Pulitzer was for his series of articles on U.S. Navy civilian employee Abraham Chasanow. His second was for coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court's reasoning in Baker v. Carr. Both Pulitzer's were in the National Reporting category. The book Gideon's Trumpet won Anthony the 1965 Edgar Award and eventually was adapted into a television movie. He wrote his second book, Portrait of a Decade: The Second American Revolution, in 1964 and his third, Make No Law, in 1991.
Anthony's career with the New York Times was a distinguished one. He began working for the times in 1948 and quickly became the Washington bureau chief in 1955. They relocated him to London in 1964 where he became the bureau chief. He continued to write columns and pieces that would show up periodically under heading called "Abroad at Home". His final column was in December 2001 on the civil liberties at risk in the reaction to September 11th.
A member of the board of directors on the Committee to Protect Journalists, Anthony was a long-time believer that the First Amendment actually restricted journalists in their speech. He was resisted when he attempted to create unique fortification for his colleagues, however. He was against the federal shield laws, where journalists refused to reveal their sources.
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