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.

Lewis contributes regularly to NPR and Marketplace, and works in partnership with WBEZ Chicago on WYSO Curious/Curious City and as a freelance contributor. His work on the rollout of the federal Affordable Care Act for WYSO won two 2013 national Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) awards for continuing coverage (first place) and best news feature (second place).

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

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Statewide News
5:41 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Ohio Lawmakers Seek Healthcare Tax Credit Extension For Autoworkers

Congressman Mike Turner at Delphi Hearing in 2013
Credit WYSO

Ohio’s congressional delegation is calling on Congress to reinstate a tax credit for health care they say helped former auto workers. The Health Coverage Tax Credit, which expired in January, covered a large part of health premiums for people who’ve lost their jobs or seen changes in their retirement benefits—

Many former employees of the Delphi auto plant depended on the credit. It was another blow for thousands of Delphi retirees, including about 2 thousand in Dayton, who saw their pensions drastically reduced after Delphi’s 2009 bankruptcy. 

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Health, Science & The Environment
6:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Montgomery County Leaders To Discuss Race And Class In Health Outcomes

Montgomery County health professionals and community workers will gather Tuesday at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State to discuss how race and economic status can affect rates of disease and infant mortality.

African-Americans in Montgomery County are almost twice as likely as white people to be uninsured, and the infant mortality rate is almost three times higher for black residents.

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Budget 2015
5:59 am
Thu March 6, 2014

President’s Budget Impacts Wright-Patt With More Cuts Possible

A Lockheed Martin F-35, one of the planes the Air Force would continue to acquire under the president's proposed 2015 budget.
Credit Mark Jones Jr. / Flickr

President Obama’s budget proposals have been making waves this week. He and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are pushing to downsize the Army and Air Force and finally end the war in Afghanistan.

But buried deeper in the President's defense budget, are line items for scientific research, says Michael Gessel with the Dayton Development Coalition.

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Taxes
5:43 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Expanded Earned Income Tax Credit Could Affect Hundreds Of Thousands In Ohio

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D) has spoken out in favor of expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit in the past.
Credit WCPN

President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015 Tuesday, and among the many reforms, cuts and expansions, he’s calling for an expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a program benefiting low-income Americans.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Lawsuit Questions Truth Of Kroger's "Simple Truth" Chicken Labels

A chicken farm. Chickens advertised as "cage free" may still be kept in cramped warehouses.
Credit jlastras / Wikimedia Commons

 A California-based lawsuit against Kroger could become a class action including shoppers in Ohio. The dispute is over truth in packaging for Kroger’s line of chicken products known as Simple Truth chicken. Simple Truth is on Kroger shelves in green-themed packaging that says the chicken is cage-free and raised in a humane environment.

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