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 at The Wright Center for Community Health, 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.