This multimedia presentation documents "truth to power" moments in contemporary U.S. history and some of the distinguished journalists behind them. And it illuminates the inherent, incalculable value of original, independent reporting in our nation and in the world.
The Investigative Reporting Workshop, a project of the School of Communication at American University, conducts significant investigative journalism projects on a national and international scale.
In The Future of Truth, Lewis examines the many times governments and corporations hid the truth from the public, with deadly consequences. In many cases, the truth about a variety of American crises - from Vietnam to Iraq to tobacco - was not exposed until years or decades after the fact.
Lewis and the Center for Public Integrity expose the moneyed interests behind many of the decisions made by President George W. Bush as well as his Democratic opponents. A New York Times bestseller.
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be."
Charles Lewis, a former 60 Minutes producer who founded The Center for Public Integrity, is a MacArthur Fellow and the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.
Lewis regularly travels nationally and internationally to talk about investigative reporting and the future of journalism.