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:

Billionaires vs the Press

Friday, June 23, 2017

The Netflix documentary “Nobody Speak: Trials of a Free Press” examine how billionaires sought to undermine journalism in the Hulk Hogan case and at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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How Mayor de Blasio Studies Up Before a Town Hall

Monday, June 19, 2017

To see how the mayor preps for the onslaught of public questions, WNYC went behind the scenes to his prep session at City Hall.

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Schumer, Senate Democrats Ask For Meeting With Republicans About Health Care Bill

Friday, June 16, 2017

Republicans are writing the bill behind closed doors.

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HUD Pulls Back From Reports of Appointing Trump Loyalist to Housing Post

Friday, June 16, 2017

After facing a round of criticism, HUD denied a report that a Trump family employee without experience in running housing programs was appointed a new regional administrator. 

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Live with Otis, Janis & Jimi

Friday, June 16, 2017

D.A. Pennebaker’s film “Monterey Pop,” newly restored for the 50th anniversary, captures a landmark 1967 concert featuring Otis Redding, Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, among others.

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House Not Pushing Senate on New York Medicaid Change

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The change was key to passage in the House, but upstate Rep. Chris Collins says he hasn't spoken with Senators about his own amendment, and he doesn't know if it will be in their bill.

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Who Killed Sister Cathy?

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Netflix series “The Keepers” investigates the 1969 unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun, and allegations of rampant sexual abuse at the Catholic school where she worked.

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Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Bronx Woman Highlights Problem in Police Procedure, Advocates Say

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

When the mentally ill fail to receive treatment and are in crisis, police often have to respond. Yet there's no way to ensure specially-trained officers are answering those calls.  

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Who Was Gertrude Bell?

Friday, June 02, 2017

The documentary “Letters from Baghdad” is a sweeping history of the Middle East, told through the eyes of a British writer who spent three decades there in the early 20th century.

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Rodney Frelinghuysen and the Poisoned Chalice

Monday, May 29, 2017

The New Jersey Republican is getting squeezed between his increasingly conservative party and the moderate voters in his district. 

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Teenager with a Megaphone

Friday, May 26, 2017

In the documentary “Joshua: Teenager vs Superpower,” a teenage activist helps lead Hong Kong’s democracy movement after the takeover by mainland China.

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Single Digit Turnout in Uptown Special Election

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The victor, Democrat Brian Benjamin, crushed the competition with only 4 percent of voters showing up for a vacant seat in the state senate.

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This Staten Island Woman Isn't Worried about Trumpcare

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

She's a Trump supporter, and she hasn't been fretting about 'repeal and replace.' But with a unique-to-New-York Obamacare plan that's essentially free, should she be?

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Chinatown vs. the Government

Friday, May 19, 2017

In the documentary “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” director Steve James, best known for “Hoop Dreams,” follows the trial of a Chinatown bank four years after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

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A Better Sounding Subway

Monday, May 15, 2017

A little noted element of the new 2nd Ave. stations is how they sound. From the announcements to the platform, it's a different experience. And that's no accident.

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GOP Congressman Frelinghuysen Targets Activist in Letter to Her Employer

Monday, May 15, 2017

The most powerful member of the New Jersey congressional delegation sent a fundraising letter to a board member of a bank — and called attention to a "ringleader" who worked there.

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Trump's Rise Gives Gillibrand a Long-Awaited Opportunity

Monday, May 15, 2017

Once overshadowed by the woman she replaced, Hillary Clinton, and New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, Gillibrand has emerged as a vocal leader of the opposition to President Trump.

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Report: NYS Lawmakers Receiving Stipends For Committees They Don't Run

Friday, May 12, 2017

Three breakaway Democrats have been benefiting from their alliance with the state Senate's ruling party.

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Dirty Tricks from Nixon to Trump

Friday, May 12, 2017

The documentary “Get Me Roger Stone” profiles a flamboyant political operative who’s infamous for campaigning with dirty tricks from Nixon to Trump.

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Your Vote Didn't Count, and the Board Didn't Tell You in Time to Do Anything About It

Friday, May 12, 2017

Of the 168,000 people who cast affidavit ballots in last November’s election, more than 78,000 did not count. Guess how many voters the Board notified by the legal deadline?

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