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Delano Eugene Lewis, Sr.
Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa


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Biography

Delano Eugene Lewis, Sr. began his career in government in 1963 as an attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and later joined the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. From 1966 to 1969, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps as Associate Director in Nigeria and as Country Director in Uganda. Upon his return from Africa, he was named Director of the Peace Corps' East and Southern Africa Division. He continued his public service on Capitol Hill as Legislative Assistant to Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts and later as Administrative Assistant to Delegate Walter E. Fauntroy of the District of Columbia.

The Ambassador served from 1994 to 1998 as President and CEO of National Public Radio (NPR), the primary supplier of news, information, and cultural programming to over 500 member- and associate-stations throughout the U.S. Prior to joining NPR, he was President and CEO of C&P Telephone of Washington, DC, where he worked for 21 years.

Ambassador Lewis was born in Arkansas City, Kansas. He earned a BA from the University of Kansas and a JD from the Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas.

Appointment Date: 11/16/99
Oath of Office: 12/13/99

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