David L. Lewis

WNYC Metro Editor

David L. Lewis is WNYC's Metro News editor, supervising a staff of seven reporters devoted to in-depth, contextual coverage of the core urban issues of our time. Beats include city, state and federal governments; poverty, homelessness and social services; criminal justice and investigations; immigration; and transportation.

In his four years at the station, Lewis helped transform WNYC into one of the elite 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 has 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:

NYC Board of Elections Disputes De Blasio's Claim it Lacks Vision

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Executive director Michael Ryan responded cautiously to the mayor's proposed DemocracyNYC agenda — and his critique of the board.


How We Judge Prosecutors

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Thousands descended on Albany for the annual Black and Latino Legislators weekend, and criminal-justice reform was at the top of the agenda.


This Week in Politics: Can De Blasio Summon the Spirit to "Save Our Democracy?"

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The mayor's State of the City turns into a battle cry on the State of Our Democracy.


Black Lives on Film

Friday, February 16, 2018

The trail-blazing filmmaker St. Clair Bourne is the subject of a retrospective at the Metrograph, presenting his films on Paul Robeson, Amiri Baraka, Langston Hughes and more.


Civilian Complaint Review Board Takes On Sexual Harassment and Assault By Police

Thursday, February 15, 2018

The standing policy for years had been for the board to pass those cases off to the NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau.


The Future of Gateway is in Congress' Hands

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Leaders behind the Gateway Project are running out of options for funding, after President Trump's budget and infrastructure plan did nothing to advance the project.

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Meet the Partisans in This 'Nonpartisan' Good Government Group

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Reclaim New York says it's a nonpartisan watchdog. But check out its staff, consultants and funders.

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NY Gov. Cuomo Proposes $7 Million to Pay for Early Voting

Monday, February 12, 2018

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is stepping up his push for early voting by putting up the money to get it started.

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Mayor de Blasio Pushes Civic Engagement In State of the City

Monday, February 12, 2018

The centerpiece of the speech will be a call for all New Yorkers to get counted and to get out and vote.


Trump's Army Battles for New York

Monday, February 12, 2018

Some of the same people who got Donald Trump elected president — Steve Bannon, Kellyanne Conway, Robert Mercer — launched an effort to upend governments across New York state.

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A Saloon Owner Tries to Save the World

Friday, February 09, 2018

The documentary “The Peacemaker” profiles Boston bar owner Padraig O’Malley, who’s known in the world of international diplomacy for his skills at negotiating in conflict zones.


Too Poor to Be Free: High Bond Keeps Asylum-Seekers Behind Bars

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

A lawsuit won the right for immigrant detainees to be released on bond. But the steep cost remains beyond reach for some.


The Challenge of Police Reform

Friday, February 02, 2018

In the documentary “The Force,” director Peter Nicks embeds with the Oakland police force during two years of high tension.


Union Families Are Nervous as de Blasio Faces Another Round of Labor Contract Negotiations

Thursday, February 01, 2018

As Mayor de Blasio prepares to release his budget, one of the biggest pieces of it is still up for negotiation: labor contracts for city workers. 


The Life of Lorraine Hansberry

Friday, January 26, 2018

Lorraine Hansberry, the playwright best known for “A Raisin in the Sun,” gets a long overdue biography in the documentary “Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart.”

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Obama’s Ticking Clock

Friday, January 19, 2018

In “The Final Year," filmmaker Greg Barker follows key members of President Obama’s foreign-policy team over the course of their last year in office.


Shower Bus Could Help the Homeless in Brooklyn — in a Year

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

A non-profit in Brooklyn wants to create a shower bus. But even with a model, a design and funding in place, it could take a year for the bus to be ready to hit the streets.

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The Magic of the Met

Friday, January 12, 2018

The documentary “The Opera House” celebrates the history of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, focusing on the 1966 opening of its current home at Lincoln Center.


State Senator Jeff Klein Accused of Forcibly Kissing Staffer

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The leader of the breakaway faction of Independent Democrats denies the allegation.


NYPD Promotes Chief At Heart of Internal Probe

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Last March the NYPD — in response to a WNYC investigation — announced an internal affairs investigation into a chief for possible mob ties. Less than a year later, he was promoted.

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