Charles Lewis
Nationally recognized investigative journalist Charles Lewis speaks during Digging Deep: Why Investigative Reporting Matters, a special event held on May 14, 2015, by Carolina Public Press. Matt Rose/Carolina Public Press

What does investigative reporting mean today? And what impact does it — and could it — have?

These are just some of the questions explored in “Digging Deep,” a special event from Carolina Public Press that featured Charles Lewis, one of the nation’s top investigative journalists talking about the role of hard-hitting, nonpartisan watchdog reporting in our communities and in maintaining and supporting on a vibrant and thriving democracy. The event was held on May 14 at the Crest Center in Asheville

Lewis, the founder of The Center for Public Integrity, was named as “one of the 30 most notable investigative reporters in the U.S. since World War I” by the Encyclopedia of Journalism and recently helped to create the Investigative News Network, which now consists of more than 90 nonprofit news publishers.

A MacArthur Fellow, Lewis has been a Ferris Professor at Princeton University and a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University. He is also the author of 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity (2014) and is the founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University.

His presentation may be viewed in full below.

Angie Newsome

Angie Newsome is the executive director and editor of Carolina Public Press. Contact her at (828) 774-5290 or e-mail her at

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