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:

Three More Ex-NYPD Cops Arrested in Cash-for-Gun-Permit Scheme

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Prosecutors say cash, prostitutes and an $8,000 watch allowed unsavory characters to legally carry guns.

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Jane Jacobs vs Robert Moses

Friday, April 21, 2017

The documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” tells the story of how author/activist Jane Jacobs fought power broker Robert Moses to stop the destruction of lower Manhattan.

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After Stampede at Penn Station, Amtrak Police Point to Security Flaws

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Amtrak Police union says their officers lack modern radios, haven't been part of joint terrorism training in 10 years and have just five officers to cover Penn Station.

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Judge Delays Opening of Crown Heights Homeless Shelter — Again

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Brooklyn judge told the de Blasio administration to negotiate with Crown Heights residents who sued to block a shelter for homeless men.

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A Year After Brooklyn Voter Purge Scandal, a Timeline of Action and Inaction

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Elected leaders vowed to tackle how New York State runs its elections after last year's disastrous presidential primary. So how'd they do?

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The Origin and Iterations of 'Not in My Backyard'

Monday, April 17, 2017

WNYC looks at the history of "Not In My Backyard" politics as the mayor embraces two policy decisions that will require the siting of new homeless shelters and jails. 

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The Life of John Coltrane

Friday, April 14, 2017

The documentary “Chasing Trane” explores the life and music of saxophonist John Coltrane with his words voiced by Denzel Washington.

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Frelinghuysen Getting Squeezed Over Health Care Vote

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Health care repeal has caught the New Jersey Republican between liberal constituents and national conservatives.

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Gateway Project Still Hoping for Federal Funding, But There's a Back Up Plan

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The Gateway Program to add a second rail tunnel under the Hudson River is moving forward, despite a proposal by President Trump to do away with federal funding.

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De Blasio Begins Staten Island Pilgrimage

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

The mayor is spending a week in the city's most Republican borough.

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When Hollywood Went to War

Friday, April 07, 2017

The Netflix series “Five Came Back,” adapted from Mark Harris’ book, explores the Hollywood directors who made propaganda documentaries for the U.S. military during World War II.

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Kicking Off the Debate Over a NY Constitutional Convention

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

This November, New Yorkers will vote yes or no on a ballot question that could upend the power dynamic in Albany.

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Deadline Receding, State Budget Impasse Continues

Sunday, April 02, 2017

There had been talk that passing the budget on the first day of the new fiscal year would count as 'more or less on-time,' but April 1st came and went without any budget bills.

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Lessons from a Surveillance State

Friday, March 31, 2017

In the documentary “Karl Marx City,” filmmaker Petra Epperlein investigates a mystery from her East German childhood to discover if her father was an informer for the secret police.

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The Double Standard of NYPD Leaks

Friday, March 31, 2017

The cop who killed Ramarley Graham wasn't the only one who had confidential info leaked to the press. What about the teen?

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City Wins Two Cases To Keep Police Discipline Records Secret

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Police disciplinary records are staying secret, for now.

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Once Again, Judge Bars City From Opening Crown Heights Homeless Shelter

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

It's one of the first shelters that was supposed to open under Mayor de Blasio's plan to pen 90 new shelters across the city over the next five years.

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Ramarley Graham's Killer Quits NYPD Before He Can Be Fired

Monday, March 27, 2017

The mother of the unarmed teen who was shot at his home in the Bronx in 2012 says letting Officer Richard Haste resign is not justice.

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Judge Temporarily Bars City from Opening Homeless Shelter

Friday, March 24, 2017

Neighbors argued that Crown Heights is already saturated. But the city says it's confident they will be allowed to proceed after a hearing next week.

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The Life and Death of Lee Morgan

Friday, March 24, 2017

The documentary “I Called Him Morgan” explores the life of the great jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan, who was shot and killed by his common-law wife Helen in 1972.

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