David Lewis’ has worked in every non-fiction format, from documentaries to breaking news, from commercials to films for corporations and non-profits. He’s been a CNN correspondent, a news-magazine producer, a commercial director and an independent film director. As a CNN investigative reporter, he won multiple awards while working across the US and the globe, from the jungles of India to caverns in Mexico, Beirut to Belgrade.
In 2001, Lewis launched his own production company and began telling stories for a wide range of both broadcast and non-broadcast clients. These have ranged from 60 Minutes to Rubbermaid, CNBC to the Atlanta Women’s Foundation, Dan Rather Reports to Lenox Tools, the Gospel Music Channel to Spelman College, FOX News to the Girl Scouts, 20/20 to Coca-Cola, Frontline to Clemson University. The common link between all of Lewis’ projects is that he gets people to tell their stories.
Lewis’ career began at the ABC News documentary unit and he then produced investigative stories for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Programs he worked on at ABC news were recognized with Headliner, Emmy and Peabody awards, and a DuPont-Columbia Citation. Lewis next went to CNN as an on-camera investigative reporter where he worked on documentaries and magazine pieces as well as daily news pieces on CNN’s biggest breaking news stories such as Oklahoma City bombing and the Bush-Gore Florida recount. Lewis’ CNN work won Emmy, Headliner, Shorenstein-Barone and Cable-Ace awards, among many others.
Since leaving CNN Lewis’ documentary work has focused on terrorism, including a Frontline film on Hezbollah and two CNN projects, “Nuclear Terror” and “Winning the War on Terrorism.” His magazine pieces for 60 Minutes, 20/20 and CNBC Business Nation have had a broader range. The CNBC story on how a remarkable partnership between a businessman, a golf club and a community leader led to the revitalization of one of the worst slums in America was nominated for an Emmy and prompted Warren Buffett to launch a non-profit. Lewis also Senior-Produced three specials for Bill O’Reilly that ran on the FOX Network. His most recent broadcast documentary was an hour program for the Gospel Music Channel.
As a sideline Lewis works for an Atlanta AM radio station where his assignment is to “interview anyone [you] want about anything”. His guests have included well-known figures such as Salman Rushdie, Cornel West, Bill O’Reilly, Kitty Kelley and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog as well as spies, government leaders, civilian experts cultural figures across the globe. (You can listen to some of his interviews here.)
In 1993 Lewis was the first CNN journalist to be awarded the Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University. Lewis’ love affair with documentaries had begun as a Harvard undergrad and one of his college films, “From Harlem To Harvard” is still in distribution.
David Lewis lives in Atlanta with his wife and three children. His idea of fun is to take a group of friends to Lebanon and introduce them to both Beirut night-life and Palestinian refugee camps.