Lewis Wallace

Managing Editor and Reporter

Lewis Wallace comes to WYSO from the Pritzker Journalism Fellowship at WBEZ in Chicago, where he reported on the environment, technology, science and economics. Prior to going down the public radio rabbit hole, he was a community organizer and producer for a multimedia project about youth and policing in Chicago. Originally from Ann Arbor, Mich., Lewis spent many years as a freelance writer, anti-oppression trainer, barista and sex educator in Chicago and in Oakland. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, and he has expanded his journalism training through the 2013 Metcalf Fellowship for Environmental Journalism and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Lewis contributes regularly to NPR and Marketplace, and also loves working with WYSO's growing team of community producers. His reporting on the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act for WYSO won two 2013 national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) awards in the small station category for continuing coverage (first place) and best news feature (second place). His features produced for the series WYSO Curious won 2014 PRNDI awards for use of sound (first place) and broadcast writing (second place). He won several 2014 Ohio AP Awards, including best reporter in the Radio II category.

Lewis is transgender and goes by the pronouns "he" and "him."

Ways to Connect

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During WYSO’s community voices course at Dayton Correctional Institution, the topic of prison food kept coming up. Dayton Correctional Institution gets its official prison food from a service that’s been wracked with controversy, but residents with funds available are able to supplement with commissary items. Aimee Wissman, one of the students in our class at the prison, told us she makes her own Chinese food in the microwave by “frying” rice in butter and orange pop.

Joanne Viskup

For some high school kids, figuring out a plan after senior years is as simple as apply to college and go, or start looking for a job.

But plenty of teenagers are facing issues a lot of adults would struggle with, financial and family pressures that make just getting to graduation tough—let alone, looking ahead.

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Kids are an invisible presence in most prisons. One national survey cited in a state of Ohio report on parents in prison finds more than 2 percent of white children have multiple family members in prison—that jumps to 16 percent for black children.

Dayton school officials want feedback and ideas from parents about ways to improve the district.

The Dayton Public School district has announced the launch of a new office for males of color. It’s modeled after projects in Oakland, California and in Minneapolis designed to address racial disparities in education as well as suspensions and expulsions. The district’s chief of school innovation, David Lawrence, spent time in both of those districts and spearheaded the launch here.

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Lana Williams has been in Ohio prisons for 16 years. Now in her mid-40s, she’s a reflective woman whose nickname on the inside is “Shy.”

Her story starts long before her criminal conviction—in an interview with her good friend Tyra Patterson, she takes us back to her childhood in the projects in Chicago, where she joined a gang at age 12 and became addicted to drugs not long after.

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Tyra Patterson was arrested at age 19 in a high-profile murder case in Dayton—15-year-old Michelle Lai was shot and killed during a scuffle between two groups of teenagers, some of whom Patterson was acquainted with.

She pled not guilty to a murder charge, and later said she gave a confession under duress.

One Arrest, Many Disruptions At Dayton Trump Rally

Mar 12, 2016
Donald Trump appeared at the Dayton International Airport Saturday
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Donald Trump held a rally outside Dayton Saturday morning, after canceling his appearance in Chicago the night before, due to what he said were safety concerns. His appearance was disrupted several times by protesters, who appeared to act alone as they interrupted his speech.

Thousands of people lined up beginning early in the morning, vying for standing spots inside a hangar at the Wright Brothers Aero expo center next to the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia.


Both Democrats and Republicans have launched major voter turnout efforts in advance of the November 2014 election.  vote election voters
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The big races ahead on March 15 include presidential primaries and a special election to fill House Speaker John Boehner’s seat. And, as usual, residents will vote on a number of local options for new and additional property taxes to support roads, emergency services and schools.

Andrea Hatcher with NOP spoke to Dayton City Commissioner Chris Shaw after the meeting.
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Around 30 Dayton residents were at the City Commission meeting Wednesday to talk about neighborhood investment. Members of the group Neighborhoods Over Politics (NOP) filled up the City Commission chamber with a list of requests focused on getting the city to pay more urgent attention to empty and dilapidated houses, and enforce housing codes, particularly on the west side.


Andrea Hatcher with NOP lives in Madden Hills.


The Ohio Supreme Court is considering the role of the school bus driver for student safety.

The Dayton Public School district is in the middle of a few major transitions: the district is facing failing grades from the state, and the possibility of a takeover if the district doesn’t improve test scores over three years.