Matthew A. Lewis most recently was working at Intel Corporation as a Manufacturing Technician with the Lithography Operations team. He was on-site at the Ocotillo campus in Chandler, Ariz. Before joining Intel, he was a contractor at Intel’s high-volume wafer production factory for about two years.
Lewis has held a variety of other jobs before entering the semiconductor industry.
In addition to his work, he also cherishes his volunteer work with the Si Se Puede Foundation (SSPF); which is where he has served as Special Events Coordinator for the better part of a decade.
His brother, Craig, was the first in the family to join the Si Se Puede Foundation Robotics Club. Later Greg, Lewis’s father, began volunteering and Matt would eventually follow suit as well.
Not long after he began volunteering, his role quickly evolved into something more. Lewis was involved with several of SSPF’s programs, including the Youth Soccer League, the S.T.E.M. initiatives; and also the Scholar’s Programming. His talents did not go unnoticed, as he was asked to take on more and more responsibilities.
Lewis has always held a variety of interests; however, and from an early age, he loved to read and write; and was determined to become a published novelist of fiction.
In elementary school, he even a published book (as part of a school project; but still … Goal: Accomplished!).
Once he realized being an author was a tough and often not so lucrative career, he decided to look elsewhere. In high school, his English teacher liked his writing and suggested he join the school’s newspaper. It was during this time that his love of Journalism had been planted, and began blossoming.
His first major story to cause controversy (and a sense of pride in his wrok) was on the treatment of homosexual students at his school. He wrote the story with an introspective approach, first thinking about how he had been treating LGBTQIA+ students; and then how the school was.
He framed the story using an anecdote about a young man who was killed simply because of his gay lifestyle. The powerful imagery and the political and personal nature of the story struck a chord with readers, parents and administrators alike. Several students (or more than likely parents) complained about the subject matter addressed in the article. The entire staff and the school administration backed Lewis’s reporting. Another big story Lewis tackled (with a great sense of irony – I might add) was drug and steroid testing that began during his Senior year of high school. Lewis was on the golf team and after the article came out, he was “randomly” selected to be tested.
After high school, Lewis dove deep into the World of Journalism. He joined his college newspaper, majored in Journalism, took on several newspaper internships, and even served on the executive board of several professional development organizations.
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During his senior year as an undergraduate student, Lewis was selected by a panel of journalists at The New York Times (from among a national pool of student members of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists) to participate in a two-week student journalism institute in which he crossed the border and reported from Nogales-Sonora, Mexico. He also covered a daily (and nightly) public safety beat for the online blog and wrote a penetrating piece about foreign students migrating to American universities.
During his time at the UA, he tutored and mentored students as an Einstein Protégé for a general education course. He also served as a note-taker for a general education course for the Disability Resource Center.
He also supervised and taught students with learning challenges. He even helped to supervise a kindergarten class at a Tempe-based Charter School: D.W. Higgins Institute, which is now a defunct school.
Lewis was a student leader in the School of Journalism and beyond by serving on the executive boards of several professional development organizations.
In college, Lewis served as the Vice President (VP) of the Society of Professional Journalists – U of A chapter, and as the VP of the Journalism Student Advisory Council and also as the VP for the National Association of Hispanic Journalists – U of A chapter.
He even was awarded for his leadership and service to the School during the 2008-09 academic year.
He also served as a counselor and lead mentor for the Dow Jones Diversity in Journalism Workshop for Arizona High School Students. The workshop allowed Lewis to work with local high school students on developing a print and web-based news product over two weeks during the Summer.
The workshop was where he developed a passion for education, and it was during his time at the workshop that he became determined to cover the education beat, or possibly work in education and do freelance journalism on the side.
Before graduating he worked for the college newspaper the Arizona Daily Wildcat. The “Arizona Daily Wildcat” was named Best College Newspaper by Princeton Review’s “THE BEST 361 COLLEGES, 2006 EDITION.”
In the Summer of 2007, after completing his Freshman general education courses, Lewis took on the least-coveted Science reporting beat for the paper. He made weekly trips from Chandler to Tucson to report on Science-related topics for the Summer edition of the newspaper.
After a brief stint working with the newspaper during the regular school year in the Fall (at the start of his Sophomore year) he took a hiatus from working for the student-run publication to focus on his studies and other internships. He rejoined the staff of the Daily Wildcat his Senior year (Spring 2010) and served as Assistant News Editor. He oversaw budget meetings, ensured the production of the print and online editions, assisted with layout and design, edited news copy and even wrote the occasional news story (which was often on-deadline, but only on an as-needed basis).
While at the Wildcat, he had several stories picked up by the College edition of the Huffington Post (or HuffPost College). Here is a link to one of the stories that got picked up by the aggregation site. It also ran on David Hasselhoff’s website.
During his first year as a Journalism student, he also worked for a community newspaper north of the Tucson area (San Manuel Miner). This is where Lewis took his reporting to new heights by flying in an Ercoupe airplane and taking aerial photos of the town.
Lewis wrote two stories for the Arizona Daily Star that were picked up by the Associated Press (AP) wire service: one about a Bosnian refugee opening a local restaurant and another about a dachshund named Poppy who was racing in a regional Wienerschnitzel Wiener Dog race.
Lewis is a graduate of the University of Arizona (UA). He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and a minor in geography in the spring of 2010. After graduating, he worked for a daily and weekly newspaper chain (Casa Grande Valley Newspapers, Inc.). He covered central Arizona news, sports, and government for about a year.
After covering education-related stories and serving as a mentor for a journalism workshop, Lewis wanted to get more involved with teaching and decided to go back to school. He decided to pursue a fast-track Masters of Education degree through the UA’s Graduate College of Education.
However, life and work took Lewis on a divergent path, and after about a year of Graduate studies, he left the program.
Lewis’s recent memberships are with the UA’s Alumni Association and the SSP Foundation. His other most recent volunteer and service positions include serving as the Co-Secretary for the UA – Phoenix Chapter Young Alumni Club and as a member of the East Valley Cats (which is a UA Alumni group based in the East Valley). He has also held affiliations with the following groups: the National Association of Black Journalists; The Human Rights Campaign; and the UA Future Teachers Club.
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