Charles Lane (journalist)

Charles Lane
Nationality American
Occupation Journalist
Known for The New Republic editor, Washington Post journalist
Religion Jewish

Charles "Chuck" Lane is an American journalist and editor who is a staff writer for The Washington Post. His articles are concerned chiefly with the activities and cases of the Supreme Court of the United States[1] and judicial system. He was the lead editor of The New Republic from 1997 to 1999. In 2008 he published The Day Freedom Died, about the Colfax massacre of 1873 in Louisiana and its political repercussions during Reconstruction, including the resulting Supreme Court case, United States v. Cruikshank.


Early life and education

Charles Lane earned his bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1983. As a Knight Fellow, he earned a Master of Studies in Law from Yale in 1997.


Lane is a former foreign correspondent for Newsweek and served as its Berlin bureau chief. He received a citation for excellence from the Overseas Press Club for his coverage of the former Yugoslavia[2] and contributed to the book Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know, edited by Roy Gutman and David Rieff. He has appeared as a commentator on PBS's The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and NPR's The Diane Rehm Show.

From 1997 to 1999 Lane was lead editor of The New Republic. In 1998 a scandal arose when fabricated reporting by Stephen Glass was discovered. Lane fired Glass and accepted responsibility for printing Glass's articles.

Since 2000, Lane has been covering the Supreme Court for the Washington Post. He also teaches a course in journalism (about fraud) at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Lane taught a similar course at Princeton University in the spring of 2008.

From 2003 to 2004 Lane was a Media Fellow of the Japan Society and U.S. Japan Foundation.[3] He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In 2006, he was one of four finalists for the director position of the School of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University; Lee Huebner was chosen. Charles Lane was Bosch Fellow in Public Policy at the American Academy in Berlin, Germany, for Spring 2009.

In 2011, Lane wrote that he hoped that Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was unable to speak as a result of having been shot in the head a few weeks earlier, would speak out against union workers in Wisconsin if she "could speak normally".[4] Lane's statement was criticized by some as exploitative and insensitive.[5][6][7]

Popular culture

  • The 1998 journalism scandal at The New Republic was portrayed in the 2003 film Shattered Glass. Lane was portrayed by actor Peter Sarsgaard.


External links

Chuck was a competitor on "Jeopardy" and came in third (last) place. He won a set of china.

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