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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 coming to New York, he spent three years at The Sacramento Bee where he started as a county government reporter and then moved to the business desk to cover real estate and development. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California. In addition, 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:

Dueling Views of Eric Garner's Autopsy

Friday, September 19, 2014

WNYC
What's the difference between "neck compression" and a "chokehold"? Ask the police union, which is dismissing another report on the death of Eric Garner.

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Hate Crimes Up Heading Into Jewish High Holy Days

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WNYC
With continued unrest in the Middle East, the NYPD is beefing up security in advance of the Jewish High Holy Days and the United Nations General Assembly meeting.

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Deadly Force for Broken Windows

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

WNYC investigative reporter Robert Lewis discusses his examination of the record of the police officer who put the chokehold on Eric Garner.

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This Is the Face of Broken Windows

Monday, September 15, 2014

WNYC
Far from a rogue cop, the officer who applied the fatal chokehold to Eric Garner was the personification of the NYPD strategy of making low-level arrests to prevent more serious crime.

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Parks Dept. Should Take Better Care of Trees Outside Parks: Comptroller

Sunday, August 17, 2014

New Yorkers on average file a claim a day for injuries or property damage caused by falling tree limbs and it's costing the city as much as $14 million a year.

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DOJ Should Investigate Garner Death, Broken Windows Say NY Pols

Thursday, August 14, 2014

WNYC

Congress members say it's time for the feds to step in and handle Eric Garner inquiry.

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Violence Out Of Control At Brooklyn Hospital: OSHA

Monday, August 11, 2014

WNYC

Brookdale Hospital in Brownsville received a rare federal citation for failing to protect hospital employees.

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Federal Agency Finds Rikers Island Violence Threatens Health Workers

Thursday, August 07, 2014

WNYC

OSHA says inmates circulated a "hit list" of staff targeted for assault.

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A Fatal Chokehold Reveals a Precinct's Troubles

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Figures show Staten Island's North Shore has disproportionate levels of summonses and stop-and-frisks.

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When 'Broken Windows' Leads to Busted Heads

Monday, July 28, 2014

WNYC

A review of court records and arrest data, along with interviews of attorneys, law enforcement experts and citizens, show many low-level arrests spiral dangerously out of control.

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Google Experiments With Mapping Climate Change

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Google and the Environmental Defense Fund have teamed up to detect methane leaks in a few U.S. cities. The leaks don't usually pose an immediate threat, but they do contribute to climate change.

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Google Searching for Gas Leaks on Staten Island

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

WNYC

In an experiment aimed at combating climate change, Google's 3-D camera cars have been outfitted with methane sensors. Their maps of gas leaks on Staten Island could be a tool in reducing pollution.

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Another Albany Legislator Indicted

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

WNYC

Binghamton Sen. Thomas Libous, the No. 2 Republican, lied to the FBI during their pay-to-play investigation of his ties to a law firm and lobbyist, his indictment says. Twenty-six legislators have left office under a cloud since 1999.  

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Orthodox Jewish Groups Cheer Contraception Ruling

Monday, June 30, 2014

WNYC

Monday's Supreme Court ruling will give family-owned companies more freedom to challenge laws on religious grounds.

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Yeshiva University Fighting To Survive

Monday, June 23, 2014

WNYC

After years of deficits, the revered institution of Jewish learning is teetering on the brink of insolvency, and now even faculty members are planning to sue.

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No Public Record of Cuomo and Charters

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WNYC

WNYC's Freedom of Information request yields no clues about how or why the governor's March appearance at a pro-charter school rally came about. The event helped crystallize the opposition to Cuomo from progressives in his own party.  

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Complaints, Violations at Accused Murderer's Group Home

Friday, June 06, 2014

WNYC

The mentally ill, ex-convict accused of murdering a six-year-old Brooklyn boy in a public housing elevator was living at a nearby group home that has been the subject of numerous complaints and violations.

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Alleged Attacker of Kids in Elevator Saw Parole Officer After Stabbings

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The man police believe killed a 6-year-old boy inside the elevator of a Brooklyn public housing building had a history of mental illness and violent behavior.

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Struggling Yeshiva University Sells Properties, Hands Off Med School

Friday, May 30, 2014

WNYC

Yeshiva University sold 10 residential properties in the Washington Heights area to Cammeby’s International for $72.5 million, according to a spokeswoman for the buyer.

Most of the deeds were filed Thursday, two days after the school announced that Montefiore Health System will be taking over day-to-day ...

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New York Rangers Fan Club May Be Gone, But Fans Remain

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WNYC

In its heyday, the New York Rangers Fan Club hosted trips to away games, hung signs through the stadium to cheer on the team and even had social events like an annual dinner dance with players.

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