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Two Time Pulitzer Prize-winner Anthony Lewis died at the age of 85

Mar 26, 2013 12:04 IST

Two-time Pulitzer winner Anthony Lewis, whose New York Times column championed liberal causes for three decades, died on 25 March 2013 in Boston.

He died from due to complications of heart and renal failure. He was 85 years old.

Anthony Lewis was a New York Times columnist for 32 years. He has defended causes such as free speech and human rights. He was known for his skill at interpreting and writing clearly about the decisions of the Warren Court.

He had won his first Pulitzer in 1955 for defending a Navy civilian falsely accused of being a communist sympathizer, and he won again in 1963 for reporting on the Supreme Court.

Anthony Lewis was known for his defendable debate of decency, respect for law and reason against a tide of religious fundamentalism and extreme nationalism. His columns criticized the Vietnam War, Watergate, apartheid in South Africa and Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza.

Lewis was also known for his skill at interpreting and writing clearly about the decisions of the Supreme Court led by Chief Justice Earl Warren in the 1950s and ‘60s. The court was instrumental in groundbreaking decisions that helped break down persistent racial segregation.

Joseph Anthony Lewis was born in New York City on 27 March 1927.

About Pulitzer Award

The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award which is given to Journalists for their achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. The award was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer, and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.

The Pulitzer Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a 10000 US Dollars cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded with a gold medal.

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Who: Anthony Lewis

Where: Boston

What: Died at the age of 85

When: 25 March 2013

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