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:

How New Jersey's Top Political Boss Came to Own Some Of Camden's Most Valuable Land

Monday, December 09, 2019

George E. Norcross III runs a political operation considered the most powerful in the state. Now he owns a lot of the land on the Camden waterfront across from downtown Philadelphia. 

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A Mother Under Siege in Syria

Friday, December 06, 2019

Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab chronicles four years of living in Aleppo during wartime in the documentary dedicated to her daughter in its title — “For Sama.”


Harlem’s Mecca of Music

Friday, November 29, 2019

The documentary “The Apollo” examines the history of Harlem’s famous theater and its efforts to stay vital in the 21st Century. 


George Norcross, Tax Breaks and a Wild Moment in Trenton

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Under investigation and at the center of a statewide controversey, George Norcross makes his case before a friendly New Jersey Senate committee.

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The Dark Side of Hot Yoga

Friday, November 22, 2019

"Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator” traces the rise and fall of the multi-millionaire hot yoga teacher Bikram Choudhury.

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Queens DA Latest To Agree To Release Info On Questionable Cops

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The office says it will release its records on officers found to have lied or are defendants in civil lawsuits, but not the records on internal investigations or civilian complaints.


One Woman's Take On TV News

Friday, November 15, 2019

The documentary “Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project” tells the story of a Philadelphia woman who recorded television news non-stop, accumulating 70,000 VHS tapes. 


When Schemers Become Dreamers

Friday, November 08, 2019

"Narrowsburg" is a whimsical tale about a small town in the Catskills where an independent film stirred up Hollywood dreams and disappointments. 


Errol Morris vs Steve Bannon

Friday, November 01, 2019

In "American Dharma," the Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris interviews Steve Bannon about his journey from Harvard to Hollywood to Trump's White House.


The Next Debt Crisis That No One's Talking About

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

An ambitious young immigrant is scammed into a buying a used car he can’t afford. But selling people unaffordable loans is big business and more consumers than ever can’t pay them back.

Talking Sex with Dr. Ruth

Friday, October 25, 2019

The documentary "Ask Dr. Ruth" profiles the sex therapist now in her 90s, from her life as German Jewish refugee to becoming a talk show celebrity. 


Living Underground in Syria

Friday, October 18, 2019

The documentary “The Cave,” from the Oscar-nominated Syrian director Feras Fayyad, looks at an underground hospital outside Damascus and a doctor who works there.


The Gift of Johnny Cash

Friday, October 11, 2019

The documentary "The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash" traces the musician's career in his own words and through interviews with his admirers from Emmylou Harris to Bruce Springsteen.


Diego Maradona, Larger Than Life

Friday, October 04, 2019

Oscar-winning filmmaker Asif Kapadia ("Amy) tells the larger-than-life story of World Cup football star "Diego Maradona."   


How The Norcross Political Machine Muscled In On Prime Real Estate In New Jersey's Poorest City

Thursday, October 03, 2019

A Camden nonprofit had a deal to buy waterfront property to fund neighborhood development. But George and Phil Norcross, the state's most powerful unelected leaders, had other ideas.

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Who Has Your Data?

Friday, September 27, 2019

The documentary "The Great Hack" investigates how our personal data is collected, monetized and weaponized to sway elections.


Close-up on Buzz Bissinger

Friday, September 20, 2019

The documentary "Buzz" profiles the Pulitzer Prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger ("Friday Night Lights") as he explores his own gender and sexuality while writing about Caitlyn Jenner.

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Hollywood's Gender Problem

Friday, September 13, 2019

The documentary "This Changes Everything" profiles Geena Davis and other Hollywood women trying to fix gender discrimination on screen and behind the scenes.


Celebrating Gospel Music

Friday, September 06, 2019

The documentary "Say Amen, Somebody" captures the early pioneers of gospel music, Willie Mae Smith and Thomas Dorsey, in a celebration that will move even non-believers.


How Miles Davis Birthed the Cool

Friday, August 30, 2019

Stanley Nelson's new documentary "Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool" profiles the trumpet player who left an indelible mark on 20th century music.