Lewis “Jim” Fogle, Jailed for Crime He Didn’t Commit, Visits News Reporting Class

Posted on 3/28/2016 7:58:57 AM

Lewis "Jim" FogleJournalism students paid rapt attention as Indiana County native Lewis “Jim” Fogle summarized his 34 years in prison for a crime that DNA evidence recently proved he did not commit.

The students heard his story as part of Journalism and Public Relations Department professor David Loomis’ March 23 News Reporting class.

In August 2015, officials exonerated and released Fogle, who was convicted in 1982 for the 1976 rape and murder of an Indiana County girl. The conviction had been largely based on the testimony of jailhouse snitches.

News coverage of the Fogle visit appeared in the Indiana Gazette and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Photo: Lewis “Jim” Fogle, speaks to the News Reporting class taught by professor David Loomis, March 23, as Pittsburgh Post-Gazette photographer Mike Henninger (IUP JRNL ’06) shoots pictures for a Sunday, March 27, feature story in the newspaper. Photo by David Loomis.