Paul Lewis (journalist)
Paul Lewis is a British journalist at The Guardian best known for his award-winning investigation of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the 2009 G-20 summit protests in London. Lewis joined the Guardian as a trainee in 2005, and was Stern Fellow at the Washington Post in 2007. In August 2010 Lewis became head of the Guardian's "multimedia special projects team" which aims to find "new angles on breaking news stories, including using multimedia and crowdsourcing".
Lewis was named "Reporter of the Year" in 2010 at the British Press Awards for his work exposing details of the death of Ian Tomlinson at the 2009 G-20 summit protests. This work was also recognised with the Bevins Prize (2009) for outstanding investigative journalism. The Bevins Trust said of his investigation:
Paul uncovered the truth by persistently questioning and challenging the police account, by following up on the family, and assiduously garnering eye-witness evidence, until finally he obtained incontrovertible video evidence from a bystander who filmed the incident. In achieving this Paul used every method now available to a modern journalist, online and in print, to keep pushing and nudging at the story until he established what had really happened. His work led to internal and independent police inquiry, extensive and international public comment, and has changed the way police behave in potential riot situations, and how they receive and investigate complaints into such incidents. All in all, his story was a triumph for the assertion of civil liberty, as well as a revelation about policing conduct.
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