Lew holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Penn State University and an associate degree in communications from Keystone College. While working as a columnist at The Scranton Tribune, a position he held for nearly 20 years, he won a Keystone Press Award for an 85-part series on the environmental impact of illegal waste dumping into local mines near the Susquehanna River. He was a pioneer in the genre of upscale supermarket marketing magazines, developing publications for chains including Insalaco’s, Grand Union and P&C supermarkets. He became editor of NEPAtoday Magazine, the successor of Insalaco’s Magazine, in 1998, producing it in partnership with Gerrity’s Supermarket and FOX Television. In 2011, Lew oversaw the magazine’s transition to a digital platform.
In addition to his role as a board member, Lew serves on the secular board of directors of the Scranton Hebrew Day School. He also has taught religious ethics and philosophy at Temple Israel of Wilkes-Barre’s School of Excellence and journalism courses at King’s College.