Media Relations Director
Having worked on both sides of the news media over the last several decades, Mr. Lewis brings a unique skill set and perspective to his role as media relations director for Marathon Communications.
Mr. Lewis joined Marathon Communications in April 2003 after nearly two decades in the news media. From 1989 to 2003, he served as Editor of the Los Angeles Independent Newspaper Group, an award-winning chain of weekly community newspapers serving the Central and West Los Angeles areas. During his tenure, Lewis directed the papers’ editorial coverage in addition to reporting stories himself and writing columns. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter for the Independent for two years and for two years at the Glendale News-Press as a reporter.
Mr. Lewis works directly with Marathon account executives and strategic communications teams in devising and implementing media relations and outreach strategies for the firm’s diverse roster of corporate, nonprofit, and public-sector clients. Over the years, he has secured and steered media coverage on Marathon clients and projects in local and national publications, ranging from Curbed LA, the Beverly Press, and the Los Angeles Times to the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and CBS News. Among those clients for whom he has successfully pitched stories, placed op-ed columns, and served as project spokesman include the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Forest City Residential West, Inc., Millennium Partners, the Casden Property Group, SOLA Village, and Townscape Partners.
In addition to his work with the media, Mr. Lewis has designed, implemented, and overseen the community outreach programs for a number of development projects that have been successfully entitled in the city of West Hollywood, including Regent Properties’ Greenwich Place, Sunset Millennium, Combined Properties’ Sunset Time, and Movietown Plaza.
Mr. Lewis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Occidental College. He is co-author of “City of Angels: In and Around Los Angeles” (Angel City Press), a best-selling children’s book that takes visitors on a tour of the diverse neighborhoods and unique places in Los Angeles.