Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

Robert Lewis is a reporter for WNYC focusing on criminal justice. 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. Before that, he was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee.

He is the recipient of a George Polk Award, a duPont Award from Columbia University, back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi public service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and other honors. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California.

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

Robert Lewis appears in the following:

The NYPD's Growing DNA Database Raises Concern

Monday, September 25, 2017

With little oversight or regulation, the NYPD and the medical examiner's office have been quietly amassing genetic material from thousands of New Yorkers for years.


NYPD Using DNA to Give Headless Body a Face

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

NYPD is starting to use a specialized DNA analysis to reconstruct what victims looked like.


Milton Mollen, Who Investigated Corruption in the NYPD, Dead at 97

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The namesake of the so-called Mollen Commission spent years in public service.


Brooklyn DA Meets with Family of Man Killed by Cops

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Police say a schizophrenic man had a knife when he charged them last month. The Brooklyn DA is looking into it.


Ecuadorian Parade Draws Thousands and, Of Course, Politicians

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The mayoral candidates were among the politicians who made a stop at the annual Ecuadorian Parade in Queens on Sunday.


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.


NYC Haitians Fear Deportations Under Trump

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thousands of Haitians came to the United States under a humanitarian program following the 2010 earthquake. But  the Trump administration may not extend their protected status.


As Health Bill Moves to Senate, Gillibrand Asks Citizens to Voice Opposition

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The junior senator from New York is asking her constituents to gear up to fight the health care bill that passed the House last week.

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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.


NYPD Using Data To Fight Drug Overdoses

Thursday, April 06, 2017

After pioneering the use of stats to fight crime, the NYPD is hoping a similar approach will stop the increase of drug overdoses.


NYPD Detective Holder's Killer Gets a Life Sentence

Monday, April 03, 2017

A judge sentenced Tyrone Howard to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting Holder in 2015. 


Commission Unveils Plan to Close Rikers Island

Sunday, April 02, 2017

It's a historic call to shutter the jail complex, which has become a symbol of mass incarceration and brutality. Still, a political battle over Rikers' closure likely looms.

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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?


City Wins Two Cases To Keep Police Discipline Records Secret

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Police disciplinary records are staying secret, for now.


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.


Leak Shows Eric Garner Cop's Troubled Past

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Before he wrapped his arm around Eric Garner's neck, Officer Daniel Pantaleo racked up civilian complaints.


NYPD Internal Affairs Investigating Chief

Monday, March 13, 2017

In response to a WNYC report on an Assistant Chief's connections to the mob, the NYPD opened a probe.


Six Degrees of Vinny Gorgeous: NYPD Chief's Mob Ties

Monday, March 13, 2017

When the feds crippled the Bonanno crime family, this NYPD Assistant Chief took advantage.

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De Blasio and Police Union Reach a Deal

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The city's 24,000 cops have a new contract to vote on. And De Blasio can shake daily protests as he focuses on re-election.


NYPD Backtracks on Releasing Disciplinary Info

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

After months of criticism about transparency, the NYPD moves to release some information on officer misconduct.