NELSON LEWIS is a seasoned Georgia-based television producer, and one of America’s most provocative media personalities. The Savannah natives’ interests include aviation, international travel, snow skiing, deep sea fishing, foreign languages, politics, piano, Steve Winwood and, most importantly, all things journalism! Frequent travel and exposure to a vast arrays of cultures and languages have provided influences for the media maven and self-admitted political wonk’s staunch interest in foreign and domestic policy, in turn fueling a passion for both politics and journalism.
Nelson credits his affinity for conservative politics and monetarist beliefs mainly to his grandfather and mentor, the late J. Curtis Lewis, Jr. who became the first Republican mayor of a Georgia city since Reconstruction when elected mayor of Savannah in 1966. A noted philanthropist and visionary entrepreneur, the senior Lewis served as a great role model for Nelson, who has been actively involved with the Republican Party since he was in high school.
Nelson Lewis has volunteered for various political campaigns over the years, including the campaigns of Mel Martinez while in south florida during his undergraduate studies and George W. Bush while in high school, and credits his own conservative philosophy and passion for both limited government and lower taxes to growing up in a environment where business was front and center. Nelson’s preliminary understanding of economics was learned firsthand from his grandfather and Savannah-based automobile distributor father Walter. While in graduate school, Nelson became close friends with Patrick Graham, the co-founder of Bain and Company, who hired former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for his first job and subsequently together formed its subsidiary Bain Capital. Mr. Graham’s inside knowledge of corporate acquisitions, private equity and managerial consulting were a thrill for Nelson to become inure to, especially during the Presidential Election of 2012.
While attending Lynn University, Nelson Lewis hosted a political show called Politijam for two years. The show became extremely popular and well-known both on campus and in the Boca Raton community on Boca’s 96.1 – Lynn Radio. Nelson graduated summa cum laude from Lynn University in 2006, and was awarded its faculty-voted Gordon and Mary Henke Excellence in Communication Award and represented the institution at the 2006 annual meeting of the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas.
Immediately following graduation Nelson moved to Washington, DC, Nelson served as a press intern for his local congressman Jack Kingston and helped create “Journeys with Jack,” an innovative video blog series chronicling the daily activities of the Congressman.
In September of 2006, Nelson joined the talent booking team of the Fox News Channel’s (FNC) DC Bureau and subsequently enrolled in Georgetown University’s Masters in journalism program in political journalism in 2009 and attended on days off and/or in the evenings. The showcase project of his studies at Georgetown University was a comprehensive long form feature on one of the key players in the demise of the US Fairness Doctrine, Bruce Fein, entitled “Bruce Fein: America’s Constitutional Philosopher”.
As a booker at FNC, Nelson primary responsibility was finding guests to appear on the FNC’s weekend programming, working tirelessly with guests, producers and anchors, paying meticulous attention to every detail to ensure that every aspect of the interview segment ran smoothly. Nelson was afforded the opportunity to meet with countless major celebrities such as political and entertainment luminaries on a daily basis, getting to know the in and outs of how the news industry, politics and DC work.
While working in the booking unit at America’s most watched cable network, Nelson frequently found experts to discuss various subjects of national interest and breaking news. Many of the guests Nelson booked on Fox for the first time still to this day appear on the channel. Working at Fox proved to be a great launching pad and cornerstone for Nelson’s career in broadcast television, equipping him with extensive national media contacts and experience booking produce countless cable TV segments. It was the perfect place for an ambitious young conservative like Nelson Lewis.
Upon leaving Fox News Channel, Nelson went on to serve as the Senior Producer of the Laura Ingraham show and then formed a women’s golf TV network alongside 4 time LPGA Major winner Hollis Stacy, Her Golf Network (HGN). Lewis created an advisory panel of several media and business executives spearheaded by his dear friend Patrick Graham in 2011 to plan HGN’s creation which occurred later that year. Lewis divested his interests in 2014.
Work With the Arts
In 2008, Nelson became friends with noted Washington arts patron Barbara Gordon, who shared his affinity for Latin American art and subsequently became active in the DC arts. Ms. Gordon, who was then-chairman of the Friends of the Art Museum of The Americas of The Organization of American States (OAS), appointed Lewis to the board in 2008 and would go on to serve until 2011 as one of the youngest appointed board members of the organization to date. Nelson’s passion of the Spanish language and of the art of Fernando Botero fueled his desire and commitment to spreading promotion of Latin American and Caribbean art in the United States and subsequent commitment to serve the organization.
“The origin of AMA | Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States (OAS) dates back to 1917 with the establishment of the Visual Arts Unit of the then Pan American Union. The OAS is the region’s premier forum for multilateral dialogue and joint action. The OAS mission is an unequivocal commitment to democracy, good governance, human rights, peace, security, and development… In 1976 this unit became AMA, which is now housed in one of the OAS’ iconic buildings designed by noted architect Paul Crét in 1912. ” –OAS
Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion
Starting January of 2014 while recovering in Savannah from bilateral wrist (scaphoid) fractures, Nelson began volunteering at the $50.01 million-dollar Nancy N. and J.C. Lewis Cancer Research Pavilion (LCRP) at St. Joseph’s/Candler Health System (SJ/CHS) as a grant writer focusing on survivorship oncology research and as a Spanish medical interpretator at the hospital system’s affiliated facility, the Good Samaritan Clinic – an entirely volunteer run medical clinic serving area homeless. The LCRP recently underwent a major expansion of its radiation oncology program to include both CyberKnife image-guided stereotactic radiosurgery system and Varian TrueBeam units, the industry’s most advanced non-invasive technologies in tumor destruction. The facility also is home to the renowned daVinci Surgical System. The LCRP is the region’s only National Cancer Instititute selected facility as it is a part of the National Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) which provides the over 800,000 community members served in the surrounding 32-counties with the latest in clinical trials, research and innovation from the NCI making Savannah a national destination for cancer care. The Savannah based cancer center is also a cancer research partner of Northside Hospital’s Cancer Institute in Atlanta and an affiliated with Emory HealthCare also in Atlanta and the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute in Tampa, an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center – one of only 45 cancer centers nationally to hold such a prestigious designation.
The LCRP also has three Low Country locations, one of which is located in the Bluffton/Okatie area while the southern end of Hilton Head Island is home to the Radiation Oncology Center which houses IGRT (Image Guided Radiation Therapy) & Varian’s TrueBeam Technology as well as the Medical Oncology and Infusion Center both located within the campus of Hilton Head Hospital Center. The LCRP was honored in 2014 with the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons’ Outstanding Achievement Award. “The LCRP is one of a select group of only 75 U.S. health care facilities with accredited cancer programs to receive this national honor for surveys performed last year. The award acknowledges cancer programs that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.” SJ/CHS is considered THE premier healthcare provider in the region with 2 anchor hospitals and 5 Centers of Excellence with 714 beds.
Currently, Nelson serves as Vice President and Senior Strategist of Newsvesting, LLC and as a Managing Partner of Delegal Capital, LLC, a management consulting firm with an emphasis on broadcast news, in addition to serving in various freelance television/journalistic capacities in and around Atlanta. As well as Fox News Channel and Foxnews.com, Nelson has appeared on BET and the Travel Channel.
Starting May 8th, Nelson will be featured as a recurring character on the reality series “Southern Charm Savannah” on Bravo. Be sure to follow the series to see just what Nelson is up to!