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:

Child Welfare Agency Gets New Commissioner

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

The Administration for Children's Services faced criticism over several high-profile deaths before the previous commissioner resigned.


NY Dems Divided on Strategy for Juvenile Justice Reform

Monday, February 20, 2017

The split is one of several in which Senate Democrats accuse the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference of stalling progress.


Open Your Eyes to Jamaica Bay

Friday, February 17, 2017

In "Saving Jamaica Bay," director David Sigal profiles the crusaders who are fighting to preserve the natural wonders that sit alongside JFK airport.


In Sickness and in Health (Insurance): Obamacare Uncertainty Leads Couple to the Wedding Altar

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Dismantling the Affordable Care Act affects everyone, not just those with 'Obamacare' plans. One couple with pre-existing conditions isn't taking any chances.

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The NYPD's Take on Why Crime Is Down

Monday, February 13, 2017

A top NYPD official spoke to WNYC about the new strategies the department is using to fight crime and strengthen relationships within the city's communities.


Who Designed That?

Friday, February 10, 2017

The new Netflix series “Abstract: The Art of Design” profiles eight designers from the fields of graphics, architecture, clothing and more.


Schumer and Trump: Two New Yorkers Just Getting to Know Each Other in Washington

Friday, February 10, 2017

Both men love a good deal. But the Supreme Court fight could poison their relationship before they really get down to business.

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Special Election Is Valentine's Day Showdown in Harlem

Friday, February 10, 2017

Nine candidates are running to represent the 9th City Council district in this nonpartisan election.

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James Baldwin for Our Times

Friday, February 03, 2017

Filmmaker Raoul Peck turns the writing of James Baldwin into an artful film essay in the Oscar-nominated documentary “I Am Not Your Negro.”  


Protests Are First Test of New Security Measures at JFK

Thursday, February 02, 2017

When thousands of protesters gathered outside Terminal 4, it was the first test of protocols the governor put in place following a false report of an active shooter at JFK last summer.


2nd Ave. Subway Misses Ridership Goal But Eases Morning Commute on Lex

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

In its first full month, the new line with three East Side stations has changed lives, even if it hasn't lived up to its full promise just yet.

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Robert Frank on Image-Making

Friday, January 27, 2017

In the documentary “Don’t Blink: Robert Frank,” the renowned photographer and filmmaker opens up about his career highs and lows and discusses his singular technique.


NY AG Schneiderman Alleges 'Gross Negligence' by City Board of Elections

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Brooklyn purge was just part of the problem. A new investigation finds another 100,000 voters were improperly removed across the city ahead of last year’s presidential primary.

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The Boys Behind Madonna

Friday, January 20, 2017

In the documentary "Strike a Pose," the dancers from Madonna's Blonde Ambition tour, captured in the controversial film "Truth or Dare," reflect on what that experience meant to them.


Gingrich to New York GOP: "Constant Noise Wins"

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The former House Speaker and Georgia native says New York Republicans can learn from Trump's campaign


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.