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:

NYC Haitians Fear Deportations Under Trump

Friday, May 12, 2017

Thousands of Haitians came to the United States under a humanitarian program following the 2010 earthquake. But  the Trump administration may not extend their protected status.

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As Health Bill Moves to Senate, Gillibrand Asks Citizens to Voice Opposition

Sunday, May 07, 2017

The junior senator from New York is asking her constituents to gear up to fight the health care bill that passed the House last week.

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Three More Ex-NYPD Cops Arrested in Cash-for-Gun-Permit Scheme

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Prosecutors say cash, prostitutes and an $8,000 watch allowed unsavory characters to legally carry guns.

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NYPD Using Data To Fight Drug Overdoses

Thursday, April 06, 2017

After pioneering the use of stats to fight crime, the NYPD is hoping a similar approach will stop the increase of drug overdoses.

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NYPD Detective Holder's Killer Gets a Life Sentence

Monday, April 03, 2017

A judge sentenced Tyrone Howard to life in prison without the possibility of parole for fatally shooting Holder in 2015. 

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Commission Unveils Plan to Close Rikers Island

Sunday, April 02, 2017

It's a historic call to shutter the jail complex, which has become a symbol of mass incarceration and brutality. Still, a political battle over Rikers' closure likely looms.

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The Double Standard of NYPD Leaks

Friday, March 31, 2017

The cop who killed Ramarley Graham wasn't the only one who had confidential info leaked to the press. What about the teen?

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City Wins Two Cases To Keep Police Discipline Records Secret

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Police disciplinary records are staying secret, for now.

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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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