Sharon Lewis

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Sharon Lewis is a Canadian television personality from Toronto. She studied political science at the University of Toronto.[1] She was an actress and author before being the host of counterSpin on CBC Television in 2001,[2] and then hosted ZeD, also for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She began her career on counterSpin with a special on the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] She called herself an "activist," saying "It's a journalist's job to activate change through information... Who isn't passionate and is in the journalist field, otherwise I don't know what would drive you?"[1]

According to the Toronto Star, in 2001 Lewis initially seemed "mousy and ill-informed" on counterSpin, but survived.[3] A television critic also said that on ZeD Lewis was nicely easygoing.[4] After leaving ZeD, Ziya Tong took over as host. Lewis established the company urbansoul inc., which promotes the art of minority women.[5]

During her acting career, she appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation as the mother of Jimmy Brooks played by internationally known rapper Drake.


  1. ^ a b c John McKay, "Sharon Lewis finds activism experience a plus for new role as CounterSpin host," Western Star, Corner Brook, Newfoundland: October 6, 2001, pg. 30.
  2. ^ "Sharon Lewis calls it quits," Packet and Times, Orillia, Ontario: June 19, 2002, pg. A.9.
  3. ^ "Host of counterSpin Sharon Lewis quits," Toronto Star, June 18, 2002, pg. C.09.
  4. ^ Alex Strachan, "Audacious, energetic and offbeat: That's ZeD on CBC," The Vancouver Sun, October 23, 2002, pg. B.6.FRO.
  5. ^ "Hart House Lecture 2006: Biographies," University of Toronto, URL accessed 13 March 2007.

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