Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

Robert Lewis is a reporter for WNYC. He joined the station in December 2012 after a decade as an ink-stained wretch, working for newspapers across the country. He was previously on the investigations team at Newsday where he reported on prescription drug abuse, problems at a local housing authority and the Long Island Power Authority. Before that, he was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee.

He is the recipient of a duPont Award from Columbia University, a Sigma Delta Chi public service award from the Society of Professional Journalists and other awards. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California. His work has appeared on ProPublica, Salon and ABC’s 20/20.

In 2008, he received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Robert Lewis appears in the following:

Brooklyn DA Takes Leave to Fight Cancer

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The 50-year-old DA is handing over day-to-day control while he undergoes treatment.

Comments [1]

Cuomo's Friend and Former Aide Charged With Corruption

Thursday, September 22, 2016

After taking on the legislature, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is going after the executive branch with charges against former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Only in New York: Bomb No Deterrent to Free Bag

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cops are hunting for two men who they say thwarted the Chelsea bomber's second device. But it's cool, they just want to talk.

Comments [1]

Weekend Terror Scare Highlights New Technologies, Old Rivalries

Monday, September 19, 2016

The tense weekend in New York and New Jersey drew attention to a number of issues brought to light by violence


An Alert, an Arrest and Reaction in New Jersey

Monday, September 19, 2016

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami just hours after an alert went out Monday on the region's wireless emergency alert system, something that has been used only eight times since 2012. 

Comments [6]

Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bratton Attends Final Crime Stat Meeting

Friday, September 16, 2016

One of the nation's most influential police chiefs steps down from his post on Friday. William Bratton is retiring from the NYPD. On Thursday, he participated in one final crime stat meeting.


Crime By The Dots: NYPD Commissioner's Legacy

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Commissioner William Bratton presided over his final crime statistics meeting Thursday, leaving behind the digital system he created that's been emulated worldwide.


Bratton's Chief of Staff Makes a Small Fortune Off NYPD Rank And File

Friday, September 09, 2016

Newly-released documents show an NYPD Chief made as much as $777,000 on the side in the past five years off cops vying for a promotion.


Bratton and NYPD Bigs Trash Inspector General Report

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Bratton says highly paid "amateurs" behind attack on Broken Windows.


Elected Officials to de Blasio: Stop Hiding Police Misconduct Records

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Three dozen city leaders are backing a lawsuit against the city over the release of records about the cop who killed Eric Garner.


De Blasio Shifts Blame For Secrecy of Police Misconduct Records to State

Thursday, September 01, 2016

The progressive mayor's administration has taken a more conservative approach to the release of police records than mayors in the past.

Comments [1]

Bratton Calls for Transparency as de Blasio Fights to Keep Police Records Secret

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

NYPD Commissioner William Bratton says favors releasing more info about police misconduct as city continues fight for secrecy.


No Free Lunch for Brooklyn DA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DA Ken Thompson had his bodyguards pay for his meals. That's a no-no, and it cost him a fifteen thousand dollar fine.


NYPD Ignores Some Rules on Political Spying

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The NYPD regularly violates rules to safeguard constitutional rights in political investigations — especially in Muslim communities, according to a new report.


De Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan Being Tested in Inwood

Thursday, August 11, 2016

An important early test of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan has run into local opposition, which delayed a vote earlier this week.

Comments [4]

Loophole Could Allow NYC Schools to Keep Suspending Young Students

Monday, August 08, 2016

Advocates say they're concerned the Department of Education is backing off a proposed ban on suspensions for students in the earliest grades.
Read More


Yankees Slugger A-Rod Leaving Friday

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A-Rod was great. But is he a Yankees great?


NYPD Will Poll Citizens to Gauge Satisfaction

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Commissioner Bratton says it'll be a massive effort, done "on a larger scale than just about any poll that you're used to."

Comments [2]

Police Reformers are Wary of New NYPD Commissioner

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A middle-aged, white, Irish cop with a shaved head is the NYPD's face of change.


Bronx Councilwoman on Chief O'Neill: 'I Think He Gets It'

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson talks about her history with NYPD Chief James O'Neill, successor to Commissioner Bill Bratton, and how he will bring a different dynamic to the role.  

Comments [2]