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:

Exposing Russia’s Olympic Doping

Friday, August 18, 2017

In the documentary “Icarus,” filmmaker Bryan Fogel engages Russian doping mastermind Grigory Rodchenkov for an experiment that has a dramatic twist.


Chuck Schumer and the Art of Managing Democrats

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Senate Minority Leader is focused on 2018, when 10 of his members are up for re-election in states that President Trump won.


De Blasio Vows Fast Action on Electric Bikes

Friday, August 11, 2017

The mayor says he's drafting new legislation to crack down on businesses instead of individual riders who work for them.

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Warhol’s Brillo Box

Friday, August 11, 2017

In the documentary “Brillo Box (3¢ off),” filmmaker Lisanne Skyler traces the journey of Andy Warhol’s famous pop-art creation that her parents bought and sold.


De Blasio to Look Into NYPD Enforcement of Businesses Using Illegal Electric Bikes

Friday, July 28, 2017

The Mayor is promising to crack down on restaurants that deploy fleets of illegal electric bikes, after WNYC reported that police target riders instead of the businesses they work for.

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Spotlighting Native Americans in Music

Friday, July 28, 2017

"Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World" explores the hidden history of Native American musicians who made an impact on rock, jazz, blues and more.


The People’s Guide to Power: Electric Bikes Edition

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

In a new series, WNYC is looking at how government works and the different ways people get involved. On the Upper West Side one man is trying to fix a common neighborhood problem.

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A Legal Settlement for the Mentally Ill, 14 Years in the Making, Nearly Falls Apart

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

When the state limited discharges of mentally ill people into so-called adult homes, the industry fought back and almost derailed a class-action legal settlement in a case from 2003. 

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Drop That Gun, the Scientists Are Coming

Monday, July 24, 2017

In an unprecedented expansion of DNA testing, the NYPD is swabbing every gun it recovers and the Medical Examiner's Office is analyzing the skin cells.


The Frontal Assault on Backpage.com

Friday, July 21, 2017

The documentary “I Am Jane Doe” profiles victims of underage sex trafficking who have brought lawsuits against Backpage.com.


New Lead Organization for Homeless Street Outreach in Manhattan

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Harlem-based non-profit is now leading efforts to reach out to the homeless living on the streets of Manhattan.

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Documenting the Death of Coral

Friday, July 14, 2017

The documentary “Chasing Coral” uses time-lapse photography to show how climate change and pollution are killing off the world’s coral reefs. It's something to see.


Journalism as a Weapon of War

Friday, July 07, 2017

The new documentary “City of Ghosts” follows Syrian activists from the group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently as they report on the takeover of their hometown by the Islamic State.


Inside Elsa Dorfman’s Studio

Friday, June 30, 2017

Oscar-winning director Errol Morris celebrates the life and career of an under-appreciated Boston artist in his documentary “The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography.”


Can New York Keep Immigration Agents Out of The Courthouses?

Thursday, June 29, 2017

City Council members held a hearing on how to keep federal immigration agents out of city courthouses, but the suggestions may be tough to implement.


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.


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.


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. 


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.