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Anthony Lewis to deliver Knight Lecture, named senior fellow

STANFORD -- New York Times columnist Anthony Lewis, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes for national reporting, has been named the first Lee Hills Senior Knight Fellow at Stanford.

As a senior fellow, Lewis will be in residence at Stanford Jan. 10-21, 1994. During Lewis' stay at Stanford, he will deliver the sixth annual John S. Knight Distinguished Lecture.

The Lee Hills Senior Fellowship was initiated by the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists program to bring distinguished senior journalists to campus for several weeks at a time.

During his time at Stanford, Lewis will meet with this year's Knight Fellows several times. He also will meet with graduate students and faculty in the Department of Communication, as well as do research.

The fellowship is named for Lee Hills, chairman of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and a strong proponent of the Knight Fellowships program at Stanford.

Lewis' Knight Lecture, "Thoughts That We Hate," will be delivered at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in Kresge Auditorium. The lecture is open to the public without charge.

Previous Knight Lecturers were Washington Post political columnist David Broder, author Taylor Branch, CNN correspondent Peter Arnett, newspaper editor Geneva Overholser and Rolling Stone National Editor William Greider.

The selection of Lewis as a Senior Fellow and Knight Lecturer was announced by James V. Risser, professor of communication and director of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford, who called Lewis "one of this country's most incisive and thoughtful commentators on domestic and international affairs."

Apart from three years with the Washington Daily News, Lewis has worked for the New York Times since 1948. While he was at the Daily News, in 1955, he won his first Pulitzer Prize for a series of articles on the dismissal of a Navy employee as a security risk. The articles led to the employee's reinstatement.

He joined the Washington bureau of the Times in 1955, to cover the Supreme Court, the Justice Department and other legal subjects. In 1956-57 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, studying law. He won his second Pulitzer Prize in 1963, for his coverage of the Supreme Court, especially the court's reapportionment decision.

He is the author of three books: Gideon's Trumpet, about the landmark Supreme Court decision that guaranteed criminal defendants in state courts the right to counsel; Portrait of a Decade, about the great changes in American race relations; and, in 1991, Make No Law: The Sullivan Case and the First Amendment.

Lewis was, for 15 years, a lecturer at the Harvard Law School. He has taught at a number of other universities and since 1983 has held the James Madison Visiting Professorship at Columbia University.

The Knight Fellowships program annually brings 12 U.S. journalists and up to seven from other countries to study at Stanford. The journalists take a leave of absence from their news organizations and return at the completion of their fellowships. More than 500 journalists have been selected as fellows since the program was begun in 1966.


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