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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:

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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More Jobs Will Keep Kids From Selling Drugs, Councilmember Says

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

WNYC

"It is unfair to ask young people to make the correct choice when we give them no choice," Jumaane Williams said at a rally to press Mayor de Blasio for more funding.

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Christie Talks Foreign Policy At Adelson Gala

Sunday, May 18, 2014

WNYC

The governor addressed a Jewish awards gala co-hosted by Republican billionaire Sheldon Adelson.

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A Street and an Opera to Honor Chinatown's Pvt. Danny Chen

Thursday, May 15, 2014

WNYC

On Saturday, part of Elizabeth Street will be renamed for the Army Private who committed suicide after being bullied by his superiors in Afghanistan in 2011. Next month, an opera about Chen will debut in Washington, D.C.

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Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Likely For Sale...Again

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

WNYC

The sprawling, middle income apartment complex is headed into foreclosure and could be sold to yet another buyer later this year.

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Airport Workers Trumpet Their Push to Unionize

Monday, May 12, 2014

WNYC

In a symbolic event to pressure airlines and officials, workers from JFK, Laguardia and Newark airports signed cards saying they want to join 32BJ Service Employees International Union.

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Cuomo's Ethics Deal Faces Ethics Probe

Thursday, April 10, 2014

WNYC

The U.S. Attorney says his office will review open cases and see why Gov. Cuomo's ethics commission was shut down ion a budget deal.

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This Week In Politics: A Flood of Cash

Saturday, April 05, 2014

WNYC

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wins and loses in the Albany budget....campaign reformers just lose...and new details emerge on how Chris Christie mingled campaign and government work. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Brigid Bergin and Robert Lewis break it all down This Week In Politics.

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Supreme Court Opens the Door for New York Campaign Cash

Thursday, April 03, 2014

WNYC

Political party leaders are already dialing for dollars thanks to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision striking down some limits on campaign contributions.

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New York's Anti-Corruption Commission Is Disbanding

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

WNYC

Corruption might not be gone in Albany, but the special commission investigating it is.

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Crooked NY Lawmakers Have Little To Fear From New Laws

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Good government groups say new measures intended to combat public corruption will do little.

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