MacArthur Fellows Program

Charles R. E. Lewis

Journalist | Class of 1998

Washington, District of Columbia
45 at time of award
Published July 1, 1998

About Charles' Work

Charles Lewis is the founder of the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative journalism organization.

Lewis and the Center have released more than thirty influential investigative reports about public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues. His book, The Buying of the President (co-author, 1996), explored relationships between the major 1996 presidential candidates and their career patrons. The book served as the foundation for PBS’s Frontline documentary, So You Want to Buy a President? He is also the co-author of The Buying of the Congress (1998), The Buying of the President 2000 (2000), The Cheating of America (2001), The Corruption Notebooks (2004), and The Buying of the President 2004 (2004).


Lewis founded the Center for Public Integrity in 1988 and served as the executive director until 2005, prior to becoming president and chief executive officer of the Fund for Independence in Journalism. From 1977 to 1988, Lewis was an investigative reporter for ABC’s Nightline and CBS News, where he was a producer for 60 Minutes. In addition to releasing his own reports, Lewis devotes resources to nurturing and building the capacity of investigative reporting among newspaper journalists across the United States and internationally.

Lewis received a B.A. (1975) from the University of Delaware and an M.A. (1977) from the Johns Hopkins University.

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