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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Brooklyn DA Meets with Family of Man Killed by Cops

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Police say a schizophrenic man had a knife when he charged them last month. The Brooklyn DA is looking into it.

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Ecuadorian Parade Draws Thousands and, Of Course, Politicians

Sunday, August 06, 2017

The mayoral candidates were among the politicians who made a stop at the annual Ecuadorian Parade in Queens on Sunday.

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Drop That Gun, the Scientists Are Coming

Monday, July 24, 2017

In an unprecedented expansion of DNA testing, the NYPD is swabbing every gun it recovers and the Medical Examiner's Office is analyzing the skin cells.

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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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