Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

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.


Robert Lewis appears in the following:

NYPD Officer on Trial for Akai Gurley's Death

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

It's up to the jury after closing arguments in the trial of NYPD officer Peter Liang for the shooting death of Akai Gurley in the stairwell of NYCHA's Pink Houses in Brooklyn in 2014.

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Defense Says Officer Liang's Conviction Would Make City Less Safe

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

In closing arguments both sides warned the jury their verdict has broader implications.

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NYPD Officer Liang Describes Night of Akai Gurley Shooting

Monday, February 08, 2016

Sometimes pausing to cry, NYPD Officer Peter Liang described what happened when he shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley in a darkened housing project stairwell.


Officer's Defense Shreds His Former Partner During Akai Gurley Slay Case

Thursday, February 04, 2016

It was a rough day for the prosecution in the manslaughter trial of Officer Peter Liang.


In Liang Trial, Gurley's Girlfriend Recounts His Final Moments

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Melissa Butler broke down on the stand as she described how the 28-year-old father was fatally shot by Officer Liang in a housing project stairwell in 2014.


Homeless Shelter Killing Comes as City Tries To Get Homeless Off the Streets

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A gruesome killing at a homeless shelter underscores challenges facing the system.

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Prosecutors Play 911 Call on Opening Day of Cop's Trial

Monday, January 25, 2016

The manslaughter trial of Peter Liang opened today with a dramatic 911 call from the night he shot and killed 28-year-old Akai Gurley.


NYPD Moves To Settle Lawsuits Over Muslim Surveillance

Thursday, January 07, 2016

NYPD agrees to modify rules regarding its counter-terrorism investigations.


Special Gun Courts to Expedite Firearm Cases in NYC

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Special courts will focus on gun crimes.

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NYPD to Release More Crime Data

Monday, January 04, 2016

If you liked CompStat, you'll love CompStat 2.

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New Data: White and Asian Children Far Outpace City Population in Gifted Programs

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A new report reveals just how segregated New York City schools have become.
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Families Remember Two Slain Brooklyn Police Officers, a Year After Their Deaths

Friday, December 18, 2015

It's been one year since two officers were ambushed and killed during a time of near daily protests over the death of Eric Garner in NYPD custody.


Why Silver and Skelos Wouldn't Testify

Friday, December 11, 2015

A famed defense attorney gives his take on the federal corruption trials that rocked Albany.


Sen. Skelos and Son Found Guilty on All Counts

Friday, December 11, 2015

Former Sen. Dean Skelos and his son Adam have been found guilty on all counts of federal corruption.


City Lets Violent Criminals Stay In Public Housing: Report

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Communication failures and a toothless housing authority allow criminals to stay in public housing, the Department of Investigations says. 


Chicago and New York City: Parallels Between Two Police-Involved Deaths

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Chicago and New York both had controversial police-involved deaths caught on camera. 


Jury Deliberations Begin In Silver Case And One Juror Already Wants Out

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After less than two hours of deliberation, one juror already wants off the case.


Closing Arguments Done, Silver's Fate Goes to the Jury

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

After three weeks of trial, the jury is about to get the case.

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Times Square Workers Show Concern — and Confidence — After Paris Attacks

Thursday, November 19, 2015

After the ISIS video showing Times Square, tourists might change their plans to visit — but those working there can't.


Prosecution Rests In Silver Case, Defense Calling No Witnesses

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

On the final day of testimony, the Silver trial explored how power can open secret doors to wealth.