Carl V. Lewis is a data and visual journalist with a background in interactive news design and audience engagement. He currently lives in Savannah, Ga., where he serves as the Director of Digital Media for Savannah Morning News/SavannahNow.com. Prior to moving to Savannah, he earned a master’s degree in digital media from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he was awarded multiple honors in courses including data visualization and information design, media business models and consumer awareness. He was previously on staff at the The Telegraph newspaper in Macon, Ga., and has held print and online editing positions at The Oxford Student and The Mercer Cluster.
Prior to entering graduate school, Carl attended Mercer University, where he graduated summa cum laude in 2011 with a dual honors degree in journalism and southern studies. While at Mercer, he developed and launched the digital edition of his student-run newspaper, MercerCluster.com, and received funding from the Knight Foundation to develop and implement an online user-generated guide to the City of Macon. During his year abroad at the University of Oxford, he sat as news editor of the university’s official student-run newspaper, The Oxford Student, and spearheaded a redesign of the publication’s website. He also served as web editor of Oxford’s termly arts and culture publication, Exposition Magazine, establishing its initial online presence in 2010. He wrote his undergraduate honors thesis on coverage of the 1961 lunch counter sit-ins in the Atlanta daily press, and his 2010 paper “Thomas Nelson Page’s Cultural Theft: ‘Marse Chan’ and ‘Meh Lady’ as Blackface Performance” won the Valerie B. Edmonds Research Award for unique undergraduate scholarship. His journalism has also appeared in in The Daily Mail (UK), The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Augusta Chronicle.
Before starting work in Savannah, Carl covered the Norwood and Kingsbridge sections of the Bronx for the hyperlocal news site, BronxInk.org, and served as editor of the website for the Society of Professional Journalists, the student governing body of Columbia Journalism School. His master’s thesis focuses on the history of The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s suburban strategy in light of the paper’s recent financial woes. He lives in the Upper Historic District of downtown Savannah. To contact Carl, click here, or call (912) 816-7007.
-Carl V. Lewis