Robert Lewis is a reporter for WNYC. 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 where he reported on prescription drug abuse, problems at a local housing authority and the Long Island Power Authority.
Before coming to New York, he spent three years at The Sacramento Bee where he started as a county government reporter and then moved to the business desk to cover real estate and development. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California. In addition, his work has appeared on ProPublica, Salon and ABC’s 20/20.
In 2008, he received a master’s degree from UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Who's controlling the narrative in the charter school debate? WNYC's Beth Fertig and Robert Lewis explain the role of prominent charter booster Eva Moskowitz; where pro-charter funding comes from; and why this has become such a flashpoint between Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo.
Financial sector leaders have long been some of the biggest supporters of the charter-school movement, a fact that has been red meat for charter school opponents.
Local builder and Israeli firm ordered to stop selling condos in New York
The fix may be in on NYC's school milk supply, according to a new city audit. Three dairy companies stand accused of colluding over multimillion-dollar contracts to milk public schools.
New York's unprecedented restrictions on the use of solitary confinement places the state at the forefront on one issue in an emerging national debate about the criminal justice system.
The state prison system is about to become the largest in the country to ban the use of solitary confinement as punishment for prisoners under 18, pregnant women and the developmentally disabled.
This episode is from the WNYC archives. It may contain language which is no longer politically or socially appropriate.
Host Lilli Supove lists activities for the weekend and interviews theater director Robert Lewis about "Brigadoon."
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Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
Advocates allege the NYPD is neglecting residents who don't speak English, and a brutal murder could bolster their case.
The city needs to change the way it treats teenagers locked up at Rikers Island or risk the continued waste of money and lives, according to a new report.
At speeds of 85 miles an hour, it’ll take Matthew Mortensen and his luge partner a matter of seconds to get down the course on Wednesday. But it took the Long Island native years of work and sacrifice to make it to Sochi.
More than 800 turned out to crown a new Brooklyn DA.
More than 28,000 football fans took New Jersey Transit to the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and Seattle’s Seahawks—and over 33,000 took the return trip.
Another baby has contracted herpes from a controversial circumcision ritual, according to a health alert the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene sent out on Jan. 28.
In investigating Relief Resources, an Orthodox Jewish nonprofit targeted by the Moreland Commission, we found an organization that sometimes blurred the line between its mission and its lobbyist founder's political activities. But the commission effectively accused Relief of not existing and, by all accounts, it does.
It may only be a minor Jewish holiday but some major New York City political leaders and their proxies visited a Borough Park apartment Wednesday night to celebrate and pay their respect to members of the influential Orthodox Jewish community.
In May 2012, the NYPD finally brought resolution to the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz when it announced that Pedro Hernandez had confessed to his murder. That confession has now been called into question. WNYC investigative reporter Robert Lewis and ProPublica reporter Joaquin Sapien discuss why the NYPD's failure to record Hernandez's interrogation might complicate a guilty verdict.
Despite promising to start videotaping interrogations, the NYPD didn't. Now we might never know what really happened to Etan Patz.
An investigative commission dangled juicy clues about the identity of a Brooklyn nonprofit it claimed has been steered millions in taxpayer funds by state lawmakers. Now the mystery has been solved - though many questions remain about what taxpayers have gotten for their money.
Sure it seems like riding the rails is getting more dangerous. But before you panic and hop in a car, here's what federal data shows.
City corrections officers appear to have brought the courts to a virtual halt earlier this week. Defense attorney say as a result some people could spend extra time behind bars. What's the city's reaction? Silence.