Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

Robert Lewis is a reporter for WNYC focusing on criminal justice. 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. Before that, he was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee.

He is the recipient of a George Polk Award, a duPont Award from Columbia University, back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi public service awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and other honors. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California.

In 2008, he received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Robert Lewis appears in the following:

Progressive Leaders Pressuring Cuomo and Albany on Early Voting

Sunday, March 18, 2018

New York is one of about a dozen states that doesn't allow early voting. Some progressives want to change that.

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NYPD Union Boss Calls For Parole Board Scalps

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fiery PBA president Pat Lynch says a cop killer should never go free. He says Governor Cuomo needs to act.


Former Aide to Gov. Cuomo Convicted in Bribery Case

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Joseph Percoco, a longtime friend of the governor and the manager of his 2014 re-election campaign, faces up to 20 years in prison after being convicted on three counts.


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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Mercer Money Tries to Reshape New York State Politics

Monday, February 12, 2018

The Mercer family, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway are behind a group that aims to reshape politics in New York State. WNYC reporter Robert Lewis investigates.

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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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Governor Cuomo's Former Top Aide Goes on Trial for Corruption

Monday, January 22, 2018

The "man behind the man" — Joseph Percoco — goes on trial for alleged kickbacks in a case sure to captivate Albany watchers.

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Congestion Pricing Proposal Dividing City Leaders

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Queens leaders clashed with public transit advocates near the Queensboro Bridge over the Governor's congestion pricing proposal — an early skirmish into what could be a nasty fight.

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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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Wait, Hold That Wrapping Paper! It's Recyclable

Sunday, December 24, 2017

The city's sanitation department is urging New Yorkers to take a moment to think about recycling responsibly during the joy of unwrapping their holiday presents.


Does a Secret New York DNA Database Violate Civil Rights?

Thursday, December 14, 2017

New York police and crime lab officials faced tough questions from the City Council.

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More Defenders Get Access to 'Bad Cops' Database

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Legal Aid has been digging up dirt on cops. And now its sharing it with other public defenders.

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It's a Long Way From Trump's Tweet to an Execution for the TriBeCa Attacker

Friday, November 03, 2017

The president wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the ISIS-inspired man who killed eight people in Manhattan. But it's a lengthy, rare process.


The Day After Attack, Questions Surface About Surveillance, Bike Safety

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

WNYC reporters on questions that have arisen about Seyfullo Saipov's use of surveillance and how bicycle lane safety measures may have prevented the deaths.


Testifying Against Union Chief, Witness Spills Beans About the Mayor

Friday, October 27, 2017

A businessman involved in kick-back scheme says donations to Bill de Blasio's campaign got him access and solved problems.

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City Spends Billions on Sandy-Damaged Homes, but Leaves Many Vulnerable

Thursday, October 26, 2017

At last 3,500 properties added to the flood zone received aid, but were not required to elevate above flood levels.


Why 'The Big U' Storm Barrier Could End Up as 'Half a J'

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A stunning new elevated park that would protect the Lower East Side will break ground...eventually. But it's already less ambitious than promised.

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The NYPD's Growing DNA Database Raises Concern

Monday, September 25, 2017

With little oversight or regulation, the NYPD and the medical examiner's office have been quietly amassing genetic material from thousands of New Yorkers for years.


NYPD Using DNA to Give Headless Body a Face

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

NYPD is starting to use a specialized DNA analysis to reconstruct what victims looked like.


Milton Mollen, Who Investigated Corruption in the NYPD, Dead at 97

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The namesake of the so-called Mollen Commission spent years in public service.