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A Walk Around Staten Island
A Walk Around Staten Island
A Walk Around Staten Island
Barry Lewis and David Hartman, hosts of A Walk Around Staten Island, at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Above: Barry Lewis and David Hartman at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
David Hartman turned down professional baseball offers out of high school to attend Duke University, where he began working in television and radio at age 17. He earned a degree in Economics and served three years active duty as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command.

Back in civilian life, after some years working in theater and dramatic television, he formed a production company, Rodman-Downs, Inc., through which he has produced, written and hosted many hours of award-winning documentary programs for network television, PBS and cable. Among his numerous professional honors are two National News and Documentary Emmy Awards, the Aviation/Space Writers' Journalism Award, the Silver Apple Award, and the Cine Golden Eagle.

Hartman became the host of ABC's Good Morning America at its inception in 1975. During his 11 years as host, GMA became the #1 morning news program as Hartman explored the world in more than 5,000 hours of live television. Reporting on topics as diverse as government, science, aviation, health care, education, the arts, and sports, he conducted more than 12,000 interviews with heads of state and world leaders as well as with people from every walk of life.
Barry Lewis was born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of California at Berkeley, the New School for Social Research in New York, and the Sorbonne in Paris. For the past 25 years he has lectured for institutions as diverse as the Cooper Hewitt Museum, Bard Graduate Center, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Harvard School of Planning. Lewis has written on Midtown and Fifth Avenue in the guide book New York Walks, and was one of the most sought-after tour guides for The 92nd Street Y's popular walking tour series. His sections on New York City Architecture and the Borough of Queens appear in the current Berlitz Guide to New York.

Lewis, who received the New York Society of Architects' Distinguished Service Award for his work on Thirteen's Walking Tours series, conducted a seminar on the neighborhoods of New York City at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and recently returned for a lecture on the 100th anniversary of Times Square. He currently teaches architectural and interior design history at The New York School of Interior Design, and also leads a course for the public on the history of New York City's architecture and urban planning for Cooper Union Forum. His book on the history of his home neighborhood, Kew Gardens, was released last spring.
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