Lewis Wallace

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, MI, Lewis spent many years as a freelance writer, anti-oppression trainer, barista and sex educator in Chicago and in Oakland, CA. He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from Northwestern University, and he has recently expanded his journalism training through the 2013 Metcalf Fellowship for Environmental Journalism and the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources. 

Pages

Jobs
4:19 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Fuyao To Bring At Least 800 Jobs To Miami Valley

Moraine Assembly has been mostly empty for five years.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last week’s big news that a Chinese company will take over a large part of the old GM plant in Moraine is still reverberating throughout the Miami Valley. Officials say the automotive glass manufacturer, Fuyao, is expected to bring at least 800 jobs by 2017.

It’s the biggest job-creation win so far for Governor John Kasich’s semi-private economic development arm, JobsOhio.

Read more
War On Poverty
7:12 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Ohio U.S. Senators Weigh In On The War On Poverty

Senator Rob Portman stands closer to the center on poverty issues than many of his Republican colleagues.
Credit Press photo

The last week we’ve been revisiting the War on Poverty launched by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. In fifty years, the poverty rate in the U.S. has been reduced from about 25 percent to 16 percent, but the discussion merely highlights how statistics are a matter of interpretation: Democrats supportive of federal policies aimed at reducing poverty tend to point to the numbers as a sign of success, while many Republicans point to the same numbers as proof of the policies’ failure.

Read more
The Economy & Business
11:49 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Chinese Automotive Glass Company Fuyao Announces Plans For Moraine

The old GM assembly plant in Moraine is largely empty, but has been purchased and maintained by a major industrial realtor.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The state of Ohio has announced plans for Chinese auto-glass manufacturer Fuyao to take over more than a million square feet of the former General Motors plant in Moraine, south of Dayton. The news is a major breakthrough for southwest Ohio, which has been struggling for decades with the slow trickle-out of major American manufacturers from the area.

Read more
The Economy & Business
10:39 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Chinese Auto-Glass Company Coming To Moraine Assembly Plant

UPDATE Friday Jan. 10, 11:55 a.m.: Chinese auto-glass firm Fuyao will be the company to purchase over a million square feet of the old GM plant. Find out more here.

Read more
The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

A New Tenant For The Old GM Site? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks To Mike Davis With The City Of Moraine

GM's Moraine assembly was once an iconic Dayton-area employer. Now, most of the 4 million square foot complex sits empty.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown told WYSO he expects an announcement on the new tenant for the Moraine Assembly Plant as soon as Friday. Click here for the news.

It’s been just over five years since General Motors left its giant plant in Moraine, taking the last thousand jobs with it and spelling doom for Dayton’s economy, which once ran on the jobs provided by major industrial manufacturers like GM and NCR.

Read more

Pages