Paul Lewis is West Coast Bureau chief for the Guardian, based in San Francisco. He has been awarded eleven major journalism prizes for his work, including the European Press Prize, in recognition of a landmark study with the London School of Economics into the causes and consequences of a major outbreak of riots in the UK. Lewis is the co-author of the award-winning book ‘Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police’, which peeled back the curtains on a scandal of undercover operations that led the UK government to launch a rare public inquiry which is ongoing. Both of those projects were conducted from London, where Lewis was the Guardian’s special projects editor. Since then, Lewis worked as the Guardian’s Washington Correspondent, covering the White House under Barack Obama and rise of Donald Trump, before relocating to San Francisco to spearhead the newspaper’s coverage of Silicon Valley. Lewis has lectured across the world on the use of social media in journalism and for several years taught a masterclass in applying digital techniques to investigative reporting. His TED talk about crowdsourcing journalism has been viewed over 100,000 times. Paul joined the Guardian as a trainee is 2005 after studying at Cambridge University and Harvard University.
Paul Lewis won the 2013 European Press Prize Innovation Award with ‘Reading the Riots’