Born in Philadelphia, he is a longtime New Yorker who has observed the world from New York, Paris, Washington and Portland, Oregon. He has worked as a senior editor at The New York Times during the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington and at New York Newsday during some of the city’s most tumultuous times. Lew has covered telecommunications in Washington and the world of professional hockey from the desert base of Tucson, Ariz. He’s worked as a transitional editor at The International Herald Tribune in Paris and was the editor-in-chief for the launch of The American, an award-winning international newsweekly based in New York, printed in Europe and distributed around the world. Lew taught editing and wrote about sustainability at the University of Arizona.
He has written a novel, Spy Rules, and edits special reports for the Committee to Protect Journalists.
Serviss lives in Upper Manhattan with his wife, the writer Naomi Serviss.