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:

De Blasio Says AARP Supports Mansion Tax — But AARP Says It Doesn't.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The mayor has often invoked the name of the powerful senior advocacy group, but the AARP says it's staying out of his fight for a mansion tax.


Federal Judge Admonishes New York State on Warehousing of Mentally Ill

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The judge harshly accused the state health department of possibly colluding with adult home operators to undermine a class-action legal settlement that protects the mentally ill. 


Opening Delayed for Homeless Shelter in de Blasio's New Plan

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The shelter in Crown Heights was supposed to be the first to open in the mayor's plan to build 90 new shelters across the city.


Supreme Court Won't Hear Menendez Corruption Appeal

Monday, March 20, 2017

Sen. Bob Menendez' attorney says the New Jersey Democrat will be cleared when a trial begins later this year.


City Targets the Homeless, Addicted and Mentally Ill — For Help

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The city is trying an obvious method to help the homeless, mentally ill and drug addicted stay out of shelters and jails — offering them a place to live.

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NYPD Internal Affairs Investigating Chief

Monday, March 13, 2017

In response to a WNYC report on an Assistant Chief's connections to the mob, the NYPD opened a probe.


Six Degrees of Vinny Gorgeous: NYPD Chief's Mob Ties

Monday, March 13, 2017

When the feds crippled the Bonanno crime family, this NYPD Assistant Chief took advantage.

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Blazing A Trail for Black Women Filmmakers

Friday, March 10, 2017

The pioneering filmmaker Madeline Anderson will present three of her short films from the civil rights era at the Metrograph theater.


De Blasio's Latest Homeless Plan Faces Obstacles

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The mayor plans to help the homeless stay in the neighborhoods they come from and distribute shelters more fairly across the city. Can he do both at once?

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Unsettling History

Friday, March 03, 2017

In his documentary “The Settlers,” Israeli-American filmmaker Shimon Dotan explores the 50 year history of militant Zionists and Jews living among Palestinians in the West Bank.


Budget Watchdog Warns de Blasio on Taxi Medallion Money

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Taxi medallions once fetched a million dollars on the open market, but are worth less than half that now. Yet the mayor's latest budget includes $1.2 billion from medallion sales.


Facing Slim Competition, de Blasio Has Stage to Himself in Reelection Bid

Thursday, March 02, 2017

It’s March, and still no formidable opponent has tossed his or her hat in the ring to challenge the mayor. But there are other candidates running.

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Six Reasons Why Trump's Infrastructure Plan Is in Trouble

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

President Trump says he wants to spend $1 trillion to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. But there's no plan, no financing, and no staffing in place to carry that out.

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Fear and Anxiety Upend Immigrant Lives

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

As the Trump administration cracks down on immigrants lacking legal status, families who've lived here for decades are having to confront the possibility they could be deported.

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Maya Angelou's Vibrant Voice

Friday, February 24, 2017

The documentary "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" traces the eventful life of the writer best known for "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings."


More People Found Eligible for Shelter Under de Blasio

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The number of people in the city’s homeless shelter system is at a historic high. That’s partly because the number of people being found eligible for shelter is higher.


New Jersey Citizens' Group Creates A Super PAC

Thursday, February 23, 2017

NJ 11th for Change will be able to raise and spend unlimited amounts on advertising.


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.

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