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:

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.

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NYPD's Historic Mass Arrest Campaign During George Floyd Protests Was Mostly For Low-Level Offenses

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

"It was 17 hours for a curfew that we could have potentially avoided if they let us go. We were never given that chance."


His Mysterious Illness Was Triggered By Covid. He’s Better Now. But What About In The Future?

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

In a small number of children, the SARS2 coronavirus seems to trigger an auto-immune illness that could have long-term consequences. Doctors are monitoring them closely.


DOE Faces Potential $10 Million Lawsuit Over Lead-Poisoned Child

Friday, June 05, 2020

A mother claims her toddler daughter was poisoned in a 3-K program in Brooklyn.


Behind The Scenes With Bruce Lee

Friday, June 05, 2020

“Be Water” explores the life of martial arts film star Bruce Lee, from Hollywood to Hong Kong.


The Mount Vernon Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Police Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed (Part 2)

Thursday, June 04, 2020

The troubled city of Mount Vernon has had five police commissioners in the last five years.


The Mount Vernon Tapes: In Secretly Recorded Phone Calls, Police Officers Say Innocent People Were Framed (Part 1)

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Hours of conversations between police officers in Mount Vernon, New York, show a narcotics unit “running rampant” over residents’ rights and safety.

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NJ Courts COVID Response Causes Problems for Domestic Violence Victims

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Obtaining protection is more difficult during the pandemic.

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A Nurse's Fear Is City's Loss

Monday, June 01, 2020

Arlene Meertens has been in nursing for nearly 30 years. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made her reconsider whether she can continue.

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#MeToo In The Hip Hop World

Friday, May 29, 2020

The documentary “On the Record” follows former music executive Drew Dixon as she weighs going public along with others in accusing Russell Simmons of rape.


Environmentalists Want to a New Green New Jersey

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

The governor is making plans for re-opening the state. But his advisory council isn't inspiring confidence that climate change will be a priority.


Art Theft with a Twist

Friday, May 22, 2020

The documentary “The Painter and the Thief” explores a strange relationship when an artist chooses to make a portrait of the gangster who stole her work.

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Numbers Game In Part To Blame For Starrett City’s Dramatic COVID-19 Death Rate

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Regardless of the specifics of the exact death rate, COVID-19 has taken a toll on the neighborhood, like many other low-income communities of color in the city.


Caring For The Tiniest New Yorkers: The Neonatal ICU In A Time of Pandemic

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A neonatal intensive care unit nurse keeps an audio diary and talks to parents of babies hospitalized there during the pandemic. 


At NJ Home For Vets, COVID Toll Exposes 'Haunting' Failure Across The State

Friday, May 15, 2020

The long-term care facility with the greatest number of deaths in New Jersey is a nursing home for veterans.


A Proud History of Asian Americans

Friday, May 15, 2020

The five-hour PBS series “Asian Americans” traces the complex history of a multifaceted ethnic identity and experience.

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