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:

Sullivan County Consultant Admits Rigging Election

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

A consultant and his accomplices registered fake voters and even left toothbrushes in empty apartments to fool authorities.

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What It's Cost de Blasio to Stay Out of Court

Monday, June 04, 2018

Mayor de Blasio still owes $300,000 defending himself from corruption allegations; now he's looking for help paying his lawyers.


NYPD To Release Records On Seized Assets

Monday, May 14, 2018

Thanks to a Bronx Defenders lawsuit, New Yorkers will finally get information on the assets police seize from the public.


Cuomo and Vance Make Peace on Schneiderman Probe

Thursday, May 10, 2018

After days of back and forth, Cuomo and Vance said they're focusing on the alleged victims.


City Watchdog Threatens 'Legal Action' Against NYPD

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

A clash with its Inspector General could land the NYPD in court.


Bronx Lawyers Sue City Over NYPD Use Of Sealed Arrest Records

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

What good is it to get your arrest sealed if cops use it as a reason to arrest you again?


A Rare Glimpse at Which NYPD Officers Got Disciplined and Why

Monday, April 16, 2018

Buzzfeed publishes 1,800 leaked records, contravening official policy and angering the patrol officers union.

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Videos and 911 Transcripts Reveal Confusion Moments Before Police Kill Mentally Ill Crown Heights Man

Friday, April 06, 2018

Saheed Vassell, 34, was shot nine times by police on Wednesday afternoon.


NYPD Misled Public About Response to #MeToo: Report

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The NYPD has ignored warnings for more than a decade that it's not putting enough resources into investigating adult sex crimes, according to a city watchdog report.

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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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