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Cathy Lewis

Posted: May 10, 2013

She might have lost a show, but she hasn't lost her voice.

Cathy Lewis, the former host of "What Matters," a show on the PBS station WHRO, saw the show go off the air because of funding cuts. However, her radio show on WHRV FM, "Hearsay with Cathy Lewis," is still on every weekday with about 30,000 listeners tuning in each day.
And as executive director of the Civic Leadership Institute, Lewis helps train up-and-comers - alongside oldtimers - in the fine art of leadership. In the past year, the institute has teamed with Old Dominion University to start a Civic program there.
"We both see it as a way to instill the ethos and skill set of public service and, if some of these students want to stay in Hampton Roads, we see it as a strategy to combat brain drain," Lewis said. "In addition, I've spent the past several years making the case for civility - I like to think of the radio show as a living civility lab - and will be taking that case to corporations and organizations this year. The case statement is that a civil environment can reduce risk and increase innovation."