Robert Lewis

Reporter, WNYC News

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 that, he was a reporter at The Sacramento Bee.

He is the recipient of a duPont Award from Columbia University, a Sigma Delta Chi public service award from the Society of Professional Journalists and other awards. He was a finalist for a 2012 Gerald Loeb Award for an investigation of hard money lending in northern California. 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.

Robert Lewis appears in the following:

No Free Lunch for Brooklyn DA

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

DA Ken Thompson had his bodyguards pay for his meals. That's a no-no, and it cost him a fifteen thousand dollar fine.


NYPD Ignores Some Rules on Political Spying

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The NYPD regularly violates rules to safeguard constitutional rights in political investigations — especially in Muslim communities, according to a new report.


De Blasio's Affordable Housing Plan Being Tested in Inwood

Thursday, August 11, 2016

An important early test of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing plan has run into local opposition, which delayed a vote earlier this week.

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Loophole Could Allow NYC Schools to Keep Suspending Young Students

Monday, August 08, 2016

Advocates say they're concerned the Department of Education is backing off a proposed ban on suspensions for students in the earliest grades.
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Yankees Slugger A-Rod Leaving Friday

Sunday, August 07, 2016

A-Rod was great. But is he a Yankees great?


NYPD Will Poll Citizens to Gauge Satisfaction

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Commissioner Bratton says it'll be a massive effort, done "on a larger scale than just about any poll that you're used to."

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Police Reformers are Wary of New NYPD Commissioner

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

A middle-aged, white, Irish cop with a shaved head is the NYPD's face of change.


Bronx Councilwoman on Chief O'Neill: 'I Think He Gets It'

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Bronx Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson talks about her history with NYPD Chief James O'Neill, successor to Commissioner Bill Bratton, and how he will bring a different dynamic to the role.  

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The Complicated Legacy Bratton Leaves Behind

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

The most visible cop in America is turning in his badge at a time of unprecedented turmoil between police and communities of color.


NYPD Commissioner Bratton to Retire, Replaced by Department Insider

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is leaving and will be replaced by the chief of department, James P. O'Neill.

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Ex-Rikers Union President Pleads Not Guilty

Friday, July 22, 2016

Not just not guilty, the flashy Norman Seabrook pleaded "absolutely not guilty" to the corruption charges against him.


Killings Again Highlight Gap Between Police And Communities

Friday, July 08, 2016

The week's tragic killings of police and civilians yet again raises the question of how to fix the relationship between police and communities of color.


NYPD Watchdog Gets A New Handler

Thursday, July 07, 2016

Maya Wiley is Mayor de Blasio's outgoing counsel and incoming new chairwoman of the Civilian Complaint Review Board. She talks to WNYC's Robert lewis about her vision for the agency.

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Low-Level Arrests Don't Make Us Safer: Report

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The NYPD's Inspector General is rebutting a core assumption of the 'Broken Windows' style of policing.


Hispanic Voters Disproportionately Purged from Voter Rolls

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

WNYC reporters explain their investigation into the recent Brooklyn voter roll purge, which shows that Hispanic voters in District 7 were hit hardest.

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Top NYPD Officials Arrested in Corruption Probe

Monday, June 20, 2016

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant were charged with taking bribes. The two allegedly received trips, expensive meals and even prostitutes.

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3 New York Police Commanders Arrested In Corruption Probe

Monday, June 20, 2016

Three New York Police Department commanders were arrested Monday as a result of an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio's campaign fundraising.


Top Cops Made Bank on NYPD Rank and File

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Top cops made thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars, off subordinates seeking promotions.

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Head of Powerful Correction Officers Union Arrested

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Norman Seabrook, who was taken into custody at his home in the Bronx Wednesday, is accused of taking kickbacks in connection with the union's pension fund.


Cops Kill Man on Busy Midtown Street

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Officers fired nine times, killing the man who allegedly lunged at them with a knife.

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