Charles Lewis, AS ’75

"I 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."

"I came of age studying political science at the University under such terrific professors as Jim Soles, Jim Oliver and John Deiner. It was there that I first came to understand that the marvelous high school civics image of a government 'of the people, by the people and for the people' does not always comport well with political reality. It was there that I first realized that people of color face much longer odds in our criminal justice process. My teachers set my mind on fire to the outrageous indignities and the inspiring opportunities in the world today, and how politics are a means to both. I went from being merely a wide-eyed idealist to an 'idealist without illusions,' to paraphrase John F. Kennedy."
—Charles Lewis, AS '75
Founding President and CEO of The Fund for Independence in Journalism, Washington, D.C.
Founder of Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.

The Center for Public Integrity is the largest nonprofit, investigative reporting institution in the world has published more than 30 investigative reports on the U.S. polity, including The Buying of the President and The Buying of Congress.

The Fund's primary purpose is providing legal defense and endowment support for the Center for Public Integrity.

 publish 2001 in UD Messenger