David L. Lewis

Investigations Editor, WNYC News

David L. Lewis became WNYC's Investigations Editor in January, 2019, supervising the creation of the station's new investigative unit.

He served as Metro editor, managing the station's largest news desk, for five years before that, with a staff devoted to in-depth, contextual coverage of the core urban issues of our time. Beats included city, state and federal governments; poverty, homelessness and social services; criminal justice and investigations; immigration; and transportation.

In his years at the station, Lewis has helped transform WNYC into one of the top newsrooms in New York City, working across multiple broadcast and digital platforms alongside the station's talented cast of news professionals.

Under his leadership, the Metro team won prestigious national awards including the Alfred I. duPont award in 2016; the George Polk Award for investigative journalism in 2017; the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists in both 2015 and 2016; the NAACP Salute to Excellence Award in 2016; the PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors) award for best feature in 2016; finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2016; finalist for Investigative Reporters and Editors Award in 2015; plus numerous regional and local awards, including three consecutive awards for best radio journalism from the Deadline Club of New York in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Lewis has 35 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, opened in theaters across the country in 2014. Prior to joining WNYC, 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; 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:

An Octogenarian Goes Undercover

Friday, September 04, 2020

The whimsical documentary “The Mole Agent” looks at an amateur spy who’s recruited to investigate a nursing home.


Bringing Soul to Television

Friday, August 28, 2020

The documentary “Mr. Soul!” profiles Ellis Haizlip who hosted a ground-breaking television series about Black culture starting in 1968.


A Landmark in Black Politics

Friday, August 21, 2020

In 1972, the pioneering filmmaker William Greaves captured the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Indiana for his documentary “Nationtime - Gary.” 


New Jersey Economists Urge Murphy Not To Cut His Way Out Of A $10b Budget Hole

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

The 96 experts say budget cuts would hurt people of color and those hurt most by the pandemic. The want the state to raise taxes on the wealthy and large corporations.


Sunset Park COVID Spike: 'Too Many People Without Masks'

Friday, August 14, 2020

The park for which the neighborhood is named is a gem. But many Sunset Park residents  — wary of a spike in COVID-19 cases — say some people are taking too few precautions.

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The Next Generation of Political Leaders

Friday, August 14, 2020

The documentary “Boys State” follows more than a thousand teenage boys in Texas as they participate in a weeklong program of mock elections sponsored by the American Legion.

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Maria Ressa Speaks Truth to Power

Friday, August 07, 2020

The documentary “A Thousand Cuts” profiles the courageous journalist Maria Ressa, who leads The Rappler news outlet in the Philippines and questions an autocratic president.


Previously Secret Complaint Data Show Aggressive Tactics Of NYPD Warrant Squad In Controversial Protest Video

Friday, July 31, 2020

Video of a protester being pushed into a unmarked NYPD van has sparked outcry. WNYC takes a closer look at the NYPD unit that made the controversial arrest.


The ACLU Versus Trump

Friday, July 31, 2020

“The Fight” covers the American Civil Liberties Union lawyers as they battle the Trump administration all the way to the Supreme Court.


They Still Got the Beat

Friday, July 24, 2020

The documentary “The Go-Gos” examines the brief and brilliant history of the band behind MTV hits like “We Got the Beat” and “Vacation.”


Transgender People on Screen

Friday, July 17, 2020

The documentary “Disclosure” examines how transgender people have been portrayed in film and television, from harmful stereotypes to more positive representations. 


Westchester County DA Concedes Election Following Criticism Over His Handling Of The Mount Vernon Police Tapes

Thursday, July 16, 2020

District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, in his first term, faced off against progressive challenger Mimi Rocah in last month's Democratic primary. 


Race, Gender And Politics Today

Friday, July 10, 2020

The two-part PBS documentary “And She Could Be Next” covers women of color running for political office across the U.S. in 2018.


New Yorkers Get a Jump on Phase 3 Reopening Over the Weekend

Sunday, July 05, 2020

As the city moves into phase three of reopening Monday, many New Yorkers tired of being quarantined at home got a head start on outdoor activities over the weekend.


Celebrating John Lewis

Friday, July 03, 2020

The documentary “John Lewis: Good Trouble” profiles the civil-rights crusader over six decades, from his non-violent protests in the 1960s to his career as Congressman from Georgia.


To Be LGBTQ in Chechnya

Friday, June 26, 2020

The documentary “Welcome to Chechnya” follows the suspenseful rescue missions of activists helping members of the LGBTQ community escape persecution in the Russian territory. 


A Brief History of How the NYPD Polices Protests Against Police Brutality

Friday, June 19, 2020

The NYPD's initial response to protests was unlike any in recent history, but it follows a long line of protests against police brutality met by more brutality.


What’s So Funny About Fatherhood?

Friday, June 19, 2020

In “Dads,” filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard pays loving tribute to a wide range of fathers, including her own — Oscar-winning film director Ron Howard.


Civil Rights for Artificial Intelligence

Friday, June 12, 2020

The documentary “Coded Bias,” playing online at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, examines the prejudice built-in to computer code that’s mainly written by white men.