ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Edward Lewis co-founded Essence Communications Inc. in 1970 and it became one of the largest African American multimedia organizations in the United States. Essence was acquired by Time, Inc. in 2005. Lewis is also a co-founder of Latina, the first lifestyle magazine that exclusively addressed the interests of U.S. Hispanic women.
During his 35 years as Chairman, CEO and Publisher, Lewis attempted to address the needs of black women.
He also received a bachelor’s degree and Master of Arts from the University of New Mexico where he later was awarded an honorary doctorate degree.
He is a recipient of the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, considered the “Oscar” in publishing, and went on to receive the Henry Luce Award from Time, Inc.