Stephen Lewis is the chief feature writer of the York Press.
He grew up in Gloucestershire, studied Zoology at the University of Manchester, then did a postgraduate teaching degree (specialising in English Literature) at the University of Leicester.
From 1982-1984 he worked as a junior underwriter on the Far East desk in the Government’s Export Credits Guarantee Department based in the City of London, where he helped to arrange government insurance for British companies bidding for major capital projects in China and the Philippines.
From 1985 to 1988 he worked as a journalist on a group of local newspapers in Gloucestershire then, in 1988, went to live in the People’s Republic of China. There, between 1988 and 1993, he taught English at two different universities, in Yunnan Province and then in Hubei Province.
He returned to the UK in 1993, where he became health reporter on the Bath Chronicle. In 1996 he came to York to join the Yorkshire Evening Press, first as health reporter, then as deputy news editor, feature writer and latterly chief feature writer.
Stephen was Feature Writer of the Year in 2010 and 2012 in the 02 Media Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber.