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Ananda Lewis

Ananda Lewis

Broadcast personality Ananda Lewis serves as a Los Angeles-based correspondent on THE INSIDER, the new, nightly, access, half-hour newsmagazine premiering in national syndication on Monday, September 13. Based on the popular Entertainment Tonight segment of the same name, THE INSIDER reports on the world of celebrity from a unique insider perspective, using first-person interviews, special inside access, behind-closed-door reports, and inside information from knowledgeable informed sources and contacts.

Ms. Lewis began her broadcast career hosting Teen Summit on BET, where she covered issues from teen pregnancy to date rape. In 1996, her work earned her a Cable Ace nomination and NAACP Image Award for her interview with HILLARY RODHAM-CLINTON.

From 1997 to 2000, Ms. Lewis was a tremendous presence on the MTV Network where she hosted the hugely popular Total Request Live, as well as other MTV specials such as the MTV Video Music Awards, Wanna Be a VJ Too, and Hot Zone. In 2000, Ms. Lewis was named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People.

During the 2001-2002 season, Ms. Lewis hosted her own syndicated talk show entitled The Ananda Lewis Show, which confronted a myriad of issues facing women 18-34, ranging from breast cancer and body image, to relationships and domestic violence.

Prior to joining THE INSIDER this year, Ms. Lewis served as co-host of A&E's America's Top Dog, and appeared as one of the contestants on ABC's Celebrity Mole: Yucatan. She has also appeared on the pilots, Method & Red (FOX) and High School Reunion (The WB).

A youth activist since childhood, Ms. Lewis began volunteering at Head Start at the age of 13 while still a student at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts. Later, at Howard University, she was a member of the program Youth at Risk, helping to re-structure the lives of teenagers in crisis. During the summers of 1994 and 1995, Ms. Lewis also worked for the Youth Leadership and Development Institute as a trainer in leadership skills, parenting, nutrition, conflict resolution, and violence prevention.

A native of San Diego, Ms. Lewis attended Howard University in Washington D.C. and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Ms. Lewis resides in Los Angeles.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Ananda Lewis Facts

OccupationTV Host
BirthdayMarch 21, 1973 (45)
BirthplaceSan Diego, California, USA
Height5' 8" (1m73)

Selected Filmography

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