David L. Lewis

WNYC Metro Editor

David L. Lewis is an award-winning journalist with 30 years of experience in print and broadcast media. His feature-length documentary, The Pleasures of Being Out of Step, a profile of the legendary jazz writer, political columnist and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff, opened in theaters across the country in 2014. Lewis taught reporting, writing and multimedia at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism for six years. He was a producer and associate producer for correspondent Ed Bradley on 60 Minutes for five years before going independent in 2006. He was a staff writer for the New York Daily News and Gannett newspapers for 15 years, and has worked for ABC News, Time Warner cable television and various national magazines. 

David L. Lewis appears in the following:

Sidney Lumet Looks Back

Friday, January 13, 2017

The documentary “By Sidney Lumet” delivers an expansive interview with the director, interwoven with scenes from classic films such as “12 Angry Men,” “Serpico” and “Network.”


Justice Department Says City Board of Elections Violated Federal Law in Brooklyn Voter Purge

Thursday, January 12, 2017

The feds join a lawsuit over the improper purge of nearly 120,000 Brooklyn voters before the April 2016 presidential primary, first reported by WNYC. 

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City Amps Up Fight Against Landlords Who Refuse Housing Vouchers

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Carmelyn Malalis, head of the Commission on Human Rights, says the city has increased the number of investigations and complaints about discrimination based on income.

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Stripped of Their Dignity

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

For years, female visitors to city jails have been complaining about invasive strip-searches as they try to see their loved ones, according to a WNYC investigation with The Intercept.

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Nat Hentoff Dies at 91

Sunday, January 08, 2017

The prolific author and columnist was a pioneer of alternative journalism. He was the subject of a 2014 documentary directed by WNYC's David Lewis.


At Home with Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Friday, January 06, 2017

The documentary "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds" captures the unbreakable bond of the mother-daughter Hollywood duo with poignancy and candor.


New Jersey Courts to Shift Away from Relying on Bail

Monday, January 02, 2017

A New Jersey state law that took effect on January 1st is intended to move the court system away from relying on monetary bail as a condition of a defendant's release.

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“Titicut Follies” Turns Fifty

Friday, December 30, 2016

Frederick Wiseman’s classic documentary “Titicut Follies”, about a Massachusetts hospital for the criminally insane, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2017.


Israel Unbound: As He Retires, The Congressman Explains What's Wrong With Congress — And How To Fix It

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Long Island Democrat, a 16-year veteran of Capitol Hill, sat down for an exit interview to talk about money, gerrymandering and how to find common ground.

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Discovering a Princess in New Orleans

Friday, December 23, 2016

The documentary “Presenting Princess Shaw” follows an aspiring singer named Samantha Montgomery as she experiences a digital-age Cinderella story of being discovered.


Shelter Provider Got Millions From the City — With No Contract

Friday, December 23, 2016

The non-profit provider operating the Bronx apartment where two homeless children died this month had no contract that spelled out standards of care.


De Blasio Campaigns Where Reality Meets Expectations

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

As next year's race for mayor heats up, Mayor de Blasio's biggest political challenge so far may be the disappointment at the grass-roots.

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Truth to Power in China

Friday, December 16, 2016

In the documentary "Hooligan Sparrow," filmmaker Nanfu Wang follows the Chinese feminist Ye Haiyan as she campaigns for justice in a rape case.


De Blasio Campaign Fined More Than $47k

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The New York City Campaign Finance Board slapped a fine of $47,778 on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign.


Mmmm, Tastes Like...Fraud

Friday, December 09, 2016

The documentary “Sour Grapes” uncorks the mystery of scam artist Rudy Kurniawan, whose fake bottles of wine caused a scandal.


New Yorkers Pay For Trump Tower Security — For Now

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Congress coughed up a paltry $7 million of the $35 million bill for security at Trump Tower. Lawmakers and Mayor de Blasio say they'll seek full reimbursement later.

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De Blasio's Current Homeless Strategy Won't Reduce Shelter Population, Former Deputy Says

Monday, December 05, 2016

Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, who oversaw homeless services until she resigned as deputy mayor last year, discusses the city's challenges in addressing the issue.


New Jersey's Rep. Frelinghuysen Named House's Top Budget Writer

Friday, December 02, 2016

He says building a new Hudson River train tunnel is a priority.


She'll Take You There

Friday, December 02, 2016

The documentary “Mavis!” delivers a soulful profile of Mavis Staples whose long career spans gospel, folk and R&B.


When Loving Was Illegal in Virginia

Friday, November 25, 2016

The documentary “The Loving Story” looks at Richard & Mildred Loving whose Supreme Court case helped overturn anti-miscegenation laws and is now the basis for the feature film “Loving.”