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.
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.
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.
Political party leaders are already dialing for dollars thanks to Wednesday's Supreme Court decision striking down some limits on campaign contributions.
Corruption might not be gone in Albany, but the special commission investigating it is.
Good government groups say new measures intended to combat public corruption will do little.
Con Ed's 4,300 miles of gas mains leak more than any other system nationwide, according to a WNYC analysis.
While the utility has no evidence that a leak was to blame for Wednesday’s blast, the company is treating the fiery disaster as the probable result of a gas leak.
Who's controlling the narrative in the charter school debate? WNYC's Beth Fertig and Robert Lewis explain the role of prominent charter booster Eva Moskowitz; where pro-charter funding comes from; and why this has become such a flashpoint between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.
Financial sector leaders have long been some of the biggest supporters of the charter-school movement, a fact that has been red meat for charter school opponents.
Local builder and Israeli firm ordered to stop selling condos in New York
The fix may be in on NYC's school milk supply, according to a new city audit. Three dairy companies stand accused of colluding over multimillion-dollar contracts to milk public schools.
New York's unprecedented restrictions on the use of solitary confinement places the state at the forefront on one issue in an emerging national debate about the criminal justice system.
The state prison system is about to become the largest in the country to ban the use of solitary confinement as punishment for prisoners under 18, pregnant women and the developmentally disabled.
Advocates allege the NYPD is neglecting residents who don't speak English, and a brutal murder could bolster their case.
The city needs to change the way it treats teenagers locked up at Rikers Island or risk the continued waste of money and lives, according to a new report.
At speeds of 85 miles an hour, it’ll take Matthew Mortensen and his luge partner a matter of seconds to get down the course on Wednesday. But it took the Long Island native years of work and sacrifice to make it to Sochi.
More than 800 turned out to crown a new Brooklyn DA.
More than 28,000 football fans took New Jersey Transit to the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle’s Seahawks—and over 33,000 took the return trip.
Another baby has contracted herpes from a controversial circumcision ritual, according to a health alert the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sent out on Jan. 28.
In investigating Relief Resources, an Orthodox Jewish nonprofit targeted by the Moreland Commission, we found an organization that sometimes blurred the line between its mission and its lobbyist founder's political activities. But the commission effectively accused Relief of not existing and, by all accounts, it does.