Dana Lewis

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Dana Lewis, from Toronto, Canada, is a TV News Correspondent freelance based out of London. He was formerly with Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, and various Canadian TV outlets. He is now seen on Al Jazeera America reporting on the election in Ukraine, the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and current developments in Iraq.

Lewis has covered the World including the current war in the Middle East, the hotel suicide bombings in Amman, Jordan, and updates following the London terrorist attacks. In 2003 Lewis was an embedded reporter with the 101st Airborne in Iraq; he was also embedded with U.S. forces along the Pakistan border and in Helmand Province. Lewis is considered an expert on Russia having lived there for 12 years, although he no longer lives there. He has covered China, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. He speaks English and Russian.

History[edit]

Lewis was born in Toronto, Ontario. He attended York University and the Fanshawe College Broadcast Journalism program. He is a graduate of The Fanshawe College Journalism program.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera and Fox News, Lewis worked for a number of different news programs and networks, including NBC Nightly News, CTV News and CBC News, and was a crime reporter for CFTR/CHFI Radio in Toronto.

During the 1990s, Lewis was the Jerusalem-based Middle East Bureau Chief/Correspondent for CTV. He was based in Jerusalem for 6 full years. While working for NBC he came under fire while in a car in Ramallah during the Israeli siege of Yasser Arafat's compound, and narrowly escaped injury. He also covered the invasion of Somalia by U.S. forces, and the first Gulf War.

He was embedded with the 101st Airborne Division during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Lewis was one of the first reporters to enter Afghanistan after September 11 and has been embedded with the 82nd Airborne and 10th Mountain division in Afghanistan, the 101st Airborne and U.S. Marines there.

Dana Lewis has an Emmy nomination for a story on Russian orphans, and the prestigious Overseas Press Club award for War in Kosovo. He also holds various RTNDA awards. And was honored for his coverage of the Kursk Submarine disaster in Russia.

He is featured in Robin Moore's (French Connection) new book Hunting Down Saddam".

He also was a guest lecturer at the Prestigious U.S. Naval War College on media affairs. Lewis was one the first reporters to interview General David Petraeus (Later Director of the CIA) and followed him through the Iraq War's early days.

Lewis has interviewed President Putin and is was one of the longest serving western reporters to be based in Russia. (12years)

Dana Lewis has a wife,(Victoria) and two sons (Aleksander and Daniel).

Awards[edit]

Lewis has earned recognition for a number of different stories he has covered in his career, including Overseas Press Club awards for his coverage of the war in Kosovo and the Kursk submarine disaster in Russia. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for coverage of Russian Orphans, and has also received various RTNDA awards for spot news coverage. The Dana Lewis Front Line Award is annually presented to graduating journalism students.

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Lewis also personally sponsors an award for Broadcast Journalism students from Fanshawe College. It is called the "Front Line' award and is presented annually to the student who delivers the best breaking news story.