Diane Lewis (journalist)

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Diane Lewis (c. 1953–August 14, 2007) was an American journalist and writer. Lewis worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe for 26 years. She reported extensively on labor and workers' rights during her last 15 years with the Boston Globe.[1]

Early life[edit]

Diane Lewis grew up in East Orange, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Jamaican immigrants.[1] Her father died when she was very young and she was raised by her single mother.[1]

Lewis obtained a bachelor's degree in English literature from Case Western University in 1975.[1] She worked for several Cleveland area publications following her graduation. She also worked as a publicist for the Cleveland Public Library.[1]

Lewis obtained a fellowship to attend the University of California at Berkeley. Lewis worked for the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts, for three years after leaving UC Berkeley, before being hired by the Boston Globe.[1]

Boston Globe[edit]

Diane Lewis covered a variety of beats during her early years at the Boston Globe. The topics she reported on ranged from mental health issues to the legal system.[1]

Lewis focused mainly on labor issues during her last 15 years at the newspaper.[1] She reported on the labor movement, workers' rights and immigrant exploitation. Her stories could be critical of both a company's owners and management, as well as the labor unions.[1] She was described by one Boston Globe editor as having an eye for the "underdog".[1] She often reported specifically on poor working conditions of workers, including issues related to immigrants, those earning low incomes, and workers with bad bosses.[1]


Diane Lewis was diagnosed with cancer in 2005. She died on August 14, 2007, at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. Lewis was 54 years old. A memorial service was held in Roxbury, Massachusetts.[1]

Lewis was a Boston resident. She had one daughter, Karina Sharif, who attends the Pratt Institute.[1]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Marquard, Bryan (2007-08-16). "Diane Lewis, at 54; Globe reporter covered unions, workers rights". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2007-09-15.