The week this issue was being sent to the printer, Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Anthony Lewis passed away. He was 85.
The day after his death, NPR aired an interview with him from when he retired in 2002. In it, he talked about getting the opportunity to transition from a reporter to a columnist at the Times. Having no experience writing a column, he asked a senior colleague, well, how to do it.
“It’s simple,” he was told. “A reporter states facts. A columnist says, ‘I believe.’” Read More