NIGHTLINE has followed Rae Lewis-Thornton for the last fifteen years. Rae's relationship with NIGHTLINE began when veteran reporter Michele Norris spent six months, first interviewing and then following Rae daily with TV cameras. In 1998 the first feature, "Rae's Story" appeared on NIGHTLINE. A few years later came the second story, "AIDS: The Next Wave." Here NIGHTLINE compared the lives of activist Rae Lewis-Thornton and Mary Fisher.
On the twentieth anniversary of AIDS, Ted Koppel personally requested that Rae, along with National Institutes of Health's Dr. Anthony Fauci and AIDS Activist Martian Delaney (www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud51h76u3cc ) sit with him in the studio to reflect on HIV/AIDS.
NIGHTLINE's relationship with Rae Lewis-Thornotn is ongoing. They have already made a commitment to feature Rae in another follow-up story once her memoir, Unprotected, is released.