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:

What Happens After a Gang Takedown

Monday, May 23, 2016

Police and federal prosecutors announced the largest gang takedown in NYC's history last month. With the Police Department’s increasing focus on gangs, we look what happens after a raid.

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The Real Life Good Wife

Friday, May 20, 2016

The documentary "Weiner" goes behind closed doors with Anthony Weiner and his wife as they try to save his 2013 mayoral campaign from a sexting scandal.


Section 8 Housing: A New Window After 36 Years

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

How the program designed to replace public housing is now being used to save it. 


Senate Approves Bill Allowing 9/11 Victim Families To Sue Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U.S. families want to use courts to find out if Saudi Arabia had a role in terror attack.


Section 8 Housing: Poor But Not Impoverished in Hasidic Williamsburg

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Section 8 housing voucher is keeping the Hasidic community rooted — for now — in one of the hottest real-estate markets in the city.

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Section 8 Housing: 'We All Deserve the Right Thing'

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Section 8 housing voucher gives low-income people a choice of where to live. But today that choice is increasingly limited to high-poverty neighborhoods on the outskirts of the city.

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Keeping Faith in Cleveland

Friday, May 13, 2016

The ESPN documentary “Believeland” chronicles the effort of Cleveland’s sports fans to keep hope alive after so many years of near misses at championships in professional sports.


Gridlock A Challenge to Booker, Schumer On Criminal Justice Reform

Monday, May 09, 2016

Two leading legislators are scrambling for support on reduced sentencing before Congress leaves town for the summer.


Inside National Lampoon

Friday, May 06, 2016

In the documentary “Drunk, Stoned, Brilliant, Dead,” director Douglas Tirola explores how National Lampoon helped shape modern American humor.


Second Brooklyn Election Official Suspended After Primary Foul Up

Thursday, May 05, 2016

A massive voter purge before New York state’s presidential primary — first reported by WNYC — contributed to widespread irregularities during last month's vote.

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Capturing Kennedy

Friday, April 29, 2016

Newly restored by Criterion, “The Kennedy Films of Robert Drew & Associates” reveal John F. Kennedy at his prime and represent the birth of modern documentary.


Part 4: I Got a Little Island

Monday, April 25, 2016

In PART FOUR of our special series on homelessness in New York, Shakira Crawford finds a new job, a new home, and more than a few new friends.

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Attorney General Reviewing NYPD Shooting in Queens

Friday, April 22, 2016

George Tillman, 32, from Maryland, was shot dead by police in Queens last weekend. Now the state Attorney General is reviewing the case for a possible investigation.


Consider the Matzo

Friday, April 22, 2016

Just in time for Passover, the documentary “Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream” profiles the struggles of a beloved family-run business against gentrification on the Lower East Side.


Drone Operators Speak Out

Friday, April 15, 2016

At the Tribeca Film Festival, the documentary “National Bird” profiles three whistleblowers who worked inside the US military’s drone program.


The '94 Crime Bill, Then and Now

Thursday, April 14, 2016

On the campaign trail, black activists blame the tough-on-crime '90s for the era of mass incarceration. Back then, it made sense to members of Congress of all races.


Trump's Congressional Support Comes With An Asterisk

Thursday, April 14, 2016

With no real leadership, New York's congressional Republicans are walking a tightrope between wanting to be with a winner and not wanting to alienate everybody else.


City Re-Structures Agencies to Tackle Homelessness

Monday, April 11, 2016

The restructuring will lead to almost $40 million in savings, so that reforms can be put into place.


City Takes a Chance on Non-Violent Defendants Struggling to Make Bail

Friday, April 08, 2016

Every year roughly 15,000 poor defendants end up on Rikers Island because they can't make bail of $1,000 or less. The city wants to cut that number by monitoring people on the outside.


Interviewing Your Mom

Friday, April 08, 2016

In the documentary "Nothing Left Unsaid,” Gloria Vanderbilt retraces the joys and sorrows of her life in candid conversations with her son Anderson Cooper.