Florence Graves, committee chair and founding
director of the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at
Brandeis University, said: "For nearly four decades, Chuck Lewis has led
the reporting of groundbreaking journalism to uncover government
corruption, cronyism cover-ups and crimes. A pioneer in nonprofit news,
he has worked tirelessly to raise funds to help others do the same and
to protect the independence of their work, free from the constraints of
news organizations beholden to special interests. His important work
carries on the proud tradition of I.F. Stone, speaking truth to power,
and prompting fact-finding hearings and vital reforms."
email after learning he was this year's recipient of the I.F. Stone
medal, Lewis said that he was "deeply honored and excited." In his
characteristic candor, he added: "That's a bland and predictable
observation, I suppose, but it is my true sentiment."
In 2001, Lewis was featured in the UD Messenger's Alumni Spotlight, and he talked about growing up has a "townie":
grew up in Newark, and when I walked or rode my bicycle on UD's campus,
I passed large, attractive buildings, physical structures filled with
history and mystery. But, they also seemed a bit remote and distant to
this 'townie.' No one in my family had ever graduated with a college
degree or even attended the University of Delaware.