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:

Ramarley Graham's Killer Quits NYPD Before He Can Be Fired

Monday, March 27, 2017

The mother of the unarmed teen who was shot at his home in the Bronx in 2012 says letting Officer Richard Haste resign is not justice.

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Leak Shows Eric Garner Cop's Troubled Past

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Before he wrapped his arm around Eric Garner's neck, Officer Daniel Pantaleo racked up civilian complaints.

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NYPD Internal Affairs Investigating Chief

Monday, March 13, 2017

In response to a WNYC report on an Assistant Chief's connections to the mob, the NYPD opened a probe.

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Six Degrees of Vinny Gorgeous: NYPD Chief's Mob Ties

Monday, March 13, 2017

When the feds crippled the Bonanno crime family, this NYPD Assistant Chief took advantage.

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De Blasio and Police Union Reach a Deal

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

The city's 24,000 cops have a new contract to vote on. And De Blasio can shake daily protests as he focuses on re-election.

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NYPD Backtracks on Releasing Disciplinary Info

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

After months of criticism about transparency, the NYPD moves to release some information on officer misconduct. 

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NYPD Defends Oversight Of Officials' Outside Income

Friday, November 18, 2016

Commissioner James O'Neill says there's a system in place to handle outside financial interests. But is it enough?

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A Missing Loan Shark, Some Politicians, and Piles of Money: One Top NYPD Cop's Tangled Web

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Dozens of high-ranking officers earn money on the side. But none appear to have as many entanglements as Assistant Chief Edward Delatorre.

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NYPD Allows Top Cops Wide Range of Financial Interests With Little Oversight

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Accountant. Real estate agent. Blood bank technologist? A WNYC investigation finds some cops are bringing in millions from side jobs without the Conflicts of Interest Board's scrutiny.

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Latino Evangelicals on the Lower East Side Struggle with Reality of Trump

Monday, November 14, 2016

It was hard to find a Trump supporter at the Lamb’s Church, even though the president-elect won broad support from evangelicals nationwide.

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Chicago Cubs Bury 108-Year Curse

Thursday, November 03, 2016

After more than a century, the Chicago Cubs finally win the World Series title in Major League Baseball.

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Brooklyn DA Takes Leave to Fight Cancer

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

The 50-year-old DA is handing over day-to-day control while he undergoes treatment.

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Cuomo's Friend and Former Aide Charged With Corruption

Thursday, September 22, 2016

After taking on the legislature, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is going after the executive branch with charges against former aides to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

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Only in New York: Bomb No Deterrent to Free Bag

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cops are hunting for two men who they say thwarted the Chelsea bomber's second device. But it's cool, they just want to talk.

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Weekend Terror Scare Highlights New Technologies, Old Rivalries

Monday, September 19, 2016

The tense weekend in New York and New Jersey drew attention to a number of issues brought to light by violence

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An Alert, an Arrest and Reaction in New Jersey

Monday, September 19, 2016

Police arrested Ahmad Khan Rahami just hours after an alert went out Monday on the region's wireless emergency alert system, something that has been used only eight times since 2012. 

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Outgoing NYPD Commissioner Bratton Attends Final Crime Stat Meeting

Friday, September 16, 2016

One of the nation's most influential police chiefs steps down from his post on Friday. William Bratton is retiring from the NYPD. On Thursday, he participated in one final crime stat meeting.

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Crime By The Dots: NYPD Commissioner's Legacy

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Commissioner William Bratton presided over his final crime statistics meeting Thursday, leaving behind the digital system he created that's been emulated worldwide.

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Bratton's Chief of Staff Makes a Small Fortune Off NYPD Rank And File

Friday, September 09, 2016

Newly-released documents show an NYPD Chief made as much as $777,000 on the side in the past five years off cops vying for a promotion.

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Bratton and NYPD Bigs Trash Inspector General Report

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Bratton says highly paid "amateurs" behind attack on Broken Windows.

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