Pulitzer Prize-winning SCOTUS correspondent Anthony Lewis dies at 85

Photo Credit: U.S. Supreme Court, Franz Jantzen.
Photo Credit: U.S. Supreme Court, Franz Jantzen.
Anthony Lewis was already a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist when he became the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times. Since then he largely changed the way the high court is covered, wrote best-selling books about key decisions and earned yet another Pulitzer Prize.

Lewis died on Monday at the age of 85 after “suffering renal and heart complications,” according to The Guardian.

Lewis is credited with breathing life into Court coverage by getting into the law behind it. Lewis eventually left the post and moved to London for a while but came back for a Times column in which he continued to write about the law among other things.

For years he also taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism offering a class on the First Amendment and the Supreme Court. During all of this, Lewis became known – as Nicholas Lehmenn, Columbia’s Journalism School Dean put it – one of the defining liberal voices.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Vincent Blasi, a professor at Columbia University Law School, to discuss the life and legacy of Lewis.


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