David L. Lewis

WNYC Metro Editor

David L. Lewis is a veteran New York City 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, opens 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:

Memories of a Fallen Photographer

Friday, January 29, 2016

The documentary JIM: THE JAMES FOLEY STORY profiles the photojournalist who became the first American citizen killed by ISIS.


New York Values at Sundance

Friday, January 22, 2016

Anthony Weiner, Gloria Vanderbilt and Robert Mapplethorpe are among the subjects making documentary debuts at the Sundance Film Festival starting this week.


Mayor Proposes $82 Billion Preliminary Budget for 2017

Thursday, January 21, 2016

De Blasio's plan includes new federal grant money to pay for ongoing Sandy repairs along with increased pension investments as the city's retiree population lives longer.

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Mayor Tries to Rescue EMS

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

One month after WNYC reported on record-long response times, Mayor de Blasio plans to add $5.4 million to expand the number of ambulance tours and get paramedics to the scene faster.

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Oscar's Crop of Top Docs

Friday, January 15, 2016

The five feature documentaries nominated for this year's Oscar are split between tales of international conflict and inner conflict.


Go West, Young Artist

Friday, January 08, 2016

The documentary TROUBLEMAKERS: THE STORY OF LAND ART profiles the artists who broke away from traditional painting and sculpture to create epic projects from the earth.


Governor's Order Doesn't Change City's Approach to Street Homelessness

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Gov. Cuomo’s executive order to remove the homeless off the streets when the temperature drops to 32 degrees hasn’t changed how the city deals with street homelessness.


Wide World of Film

Friday, January 01, 2016

Make a New Year’s resolution to enhance your cinematic knowledge with “The Story of Film," a deep and different perspective on film history.


The Year in Local News: Looking Backward and Forward

Friday, January 01, 2016

A round-table of local WNYC reporters take a tour through some of the biggest local news stories from 2015, and look forward to what 2016 may bring in New York City.


Michael Moore's One Man Army

Friday, December 25, 2015

Documentarian Michael Moore goes abroad looking for the best ideas to seize for America.


De Blasio Vows to Punish Landlords Who Reject Homeless Vouchers

Thursday, December 24, 2015

In the wake of a WNYC report on problems with his rental subsidy program, the mayor is vowing to crack down on landlords who discriminate against the homeless.

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New York's Kindest

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

After years of resistance, the NYPD is teaching officers how to avoid using force when approaching the mentally ill. It requires compassion, empathy and staying calm.

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Midwestern Murder Mystery

Friday, December 18, 2015

After 10 years of filming, the 10-hour true-crime story “Making a Murderer” debuts on Netflix.


Light a Candle and Keep Looking

Thursday, December 17, 2015

In PART THREE of our special series on homelessness in New York, Shakira Crawford makes more calls and visits the other side of town, but still can't catch a break.

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The Search for the Home With Blue Curtains

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Shakira Crawford, a homeless mother of three, spends a fraught summer looking for an apartment, as told in PART TWO of our series The Long Way Home.

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Homeless, but Determined to Reclaim Her American Dream

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Shakira Crawford is a working mother without a place to live. In PART ONE of our special series The Long Way Home, she puts the city's new homeless voucher program to the test.

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Ping Pong Dreams

Friday, December 11, 2015

In the documentary "Top Spin," three dedicated teenagers compete to be among the youngest players of the US Olympic Table Tennis team.


With Ambulance Waits Up, De Blasio Says City 'Won't Hesitate' To Invest More

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The mayor stressed his commitment to reducing ambulance response times, one day after a WNYC report on how long people with a medical emergency have to wait.

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How Long Is Too Long to Wait for an Ambulance?

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Danny Cruz waited 12 minutes for an ambulance to respond to the asthma attack that killed him. Two decades after EMS became part of the Fire Department, the merger still needs work.

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When Truffaut Met Hitchcock

Friday, December 04, 2015

The beloved book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” has been turned into a documentary with the legendary directors and other master filmmakers.