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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:

Former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver Indicted

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WNYC
The criminal case against one of the state's most powerful politicians is moving forward.

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DA Says No Politics in Police Prosecutions

Thursday, February 19, 2015

WNYC
Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson has won indictments against more cops for brutality in one year than his predecessor did in five. But Thompson tells WNYC it has nothing to do with politics.

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City Faults Bronx Defenders For Role in Violent, Anti-Cop Rap Video

Thursday, January 29, 2015

WNYC
Lyrics calling for violence against cops aren't unusual. But when a major city contractor is involved, officials took notice.

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The Case Against Sheldon Silver

Thursday, January 22, 2015

WNYC
One man's "referral fee" is another's kickback. What's a jury to do?

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Speaker Silver Accused of Taking Over $6M in Bribes and Kickbacks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was arrested this morning on charges that he received millions in undisclosed income from two law firms. Here's what we know so far. 

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Bloody Tuesday in New York City

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

WNYC
The NYPD responds to murders across the city.

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NYPD Union Head — and Firebrand — Lynch Facing Challenge

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

WNYC
One of Mayor De Blasio's most vocal critics could lose his bully pulpit.

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NYPD Disciplinary Problems Linked To A 'Failure Of Accountability'

Friday, January 16, 2015

The New York Police Department is one of the most sophisticated in the world, with advanced systems for fighting crime. But it's not so good at policing its own officers, criminal justice experts say.

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NYPD Arrests Increase Slightly

Monday, January 12, 2015

Latest NYPD stats show an increase in total arrests last week, but tickets are still dramatically lower than last year.

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Who Tells the NYPD What to Do: A Q&A on Power and Police Unions

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

On paper, the NYPD is a paramilitary organization with a rigid command structure. In practice, it's more complicated. We look at how the PBA can mobilize cops to sway elected leaders.

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Politics and Power in the NYPD

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

WNYC
Recent police demonstrations and an apparent drop in arrests raise a troubling question: Who exactly is in charge of the NYPD?

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Crime Is Down — But So Is Morale

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

WNYC
De Blasio is touting record-low crime rates as he continues to face harsh criticism from some cops for not showing them enough support.

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De Blasio, Bratton Urge Protesters to 'Stand Down' for Slain Officers

Monday, December 22, 2014

The mayor and the police commissioner are the latest to call for a moratorium on demonstrations until the two police officers fatally shot on Saturday are laid to rest.

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After Deadly Shooting, Wedge Grows Between de Blasio and Police

Sunday, December 21, 2014

"There's blood on many hands tonight," said the head of the Police Benevolent Association Saturday. "[It] starts on the steps of city hall in the office of the mayor."

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Crunching the Data on Resisting Arrest

Friday, December 12, 2014

The WNYC data news team looks to the numbers to tell us more on race and the risk of being charged with resisting arrest.

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Resisting Arrest in Black and White

Friday, December 12, 2014

WNYC
Records show police are far more likely to file resisting arrest charges against blacks than whites — another sign of the troubled relationship between communities of color and the NYPD.

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A Window Into Secretive Police Misconduct Investigations

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Reporter Robert Lewis examines what one Civilian Complaint Review Board case file shows about how the agency functions and why its investigations rarely result in disciplinary action.

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Why It's So Hard to Discipline a Police Officer

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC's Robert Lewis managed to get the story about one complaint against an NYPD last year, and it sheds new light on why disciplining police is so difficult.  

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Cops, Complaints and One Ugly Altercation Caught on Tape

Thursday, December 11, 2014

WNYC
When the NYPD beat up Nafeesah Hines’ boyfriend in her driveway, the Queens couple complained to the CCRB. Hear the cops testify — and the evidence Hines herself recorded. 

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Why Abusive Cops Linger in the NYPD's Ranks

Friday, December 05, 2014

The New York Police Department pioneered the use of computer statistics for spotting crime trends. A WNYC investigation found the NYPD has a tougher time identifying problem cops.

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