freelance editor and writer, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Project: Identify sustainable, scalable business models that can support quality journalism in the digital age.
Lewis was born in Topeka, Kansas and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree from Drake University. In 1972, he started his career as a reporter for the Osawatomie Graphic-News in Kansas. He became a reporter and Farm/Business editor for The Des Moines Register in 1976. In 1978, he co-founded The Daily Planet, an alternative weekly. He joined The New York Times in 1982 and became an award-winning editor, reporter, columnist, and senior writer. He was the newspaper’s Personal Computers and Personal Technology columnist for many years while also serving as Assistant Science Editor and Assistant Financial Editor. He was the first reporter for a major daily to cover the Internet full time, for which the Times nominated him for a Pulitzer Prize. He is especially proud of registering the nytimes.com Internet domain. In 1996, he left The Times to co-found an Internet startup, ideaMarket, which sought to get consumers to pay for online news and information. It was ahead of its time. In 1997, he returned to The Times to help start the Circuits technology section. In 2000, he became senior editor and technology columnist for Fortune magazine. He moved to Argentina in 2007, wrote a novel (“Buffalo Dick,” to be published in 2010), and contributed freelance articles for a number of major magazines.
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