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. 

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The Economy & Business
6:31 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Want A Drone? WYSO's Lewis Wallace Talks Regulations With Maurice McDonald

A quadcopter ready for flight at SelectTech Geospatial in Springfield.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Right now, if you can spare the cash, you can buy your own drone—or unmanned aerial vehicle, as the industry likes to call them. You can buy local, too, because the Dayton area is trying to shape itself as a hub for the growing commercial drone industry. In a couple years local companies would like to be using them for agricultural purposes, emergency response, entertainment, even surveillance.

"The FAA really needs to address the procedures and policies associated with flying these systems," says Maurice McDonald at the Dayton Development Coalition.

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Health, Science & The Environment
5:13 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Montgomery County Sees A Spike In Medicaid Enrollment

Amy Sylvester is a Dayton resident who would have lost insurance without the Medicaid expansion. WYSO talked to her in October.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

 The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services reports uninsured people in the Dayton area are starting to take advantage of the newly expanded eligibility for Medicaid.

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Education
4:20 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Beavercreek Schools Plan For New Funds, Including "Straight A" Award

Beavercreek City Schools is looking at bringing back bussing for its high school students.
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The Beavercreek City School Board will hold its first regular meeting Thursday since a dramatic levy recount in November. The levy passed, but the vote was so close it wasn’t made official until December. In the final count, the $10 million five-year levy squeaked through with a 33-vote advantage.

Time for a spending blitz? Not so fast.

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The Environment
7:36 am
Wed December 18, 2013

EPA Begins Toxic Vapor Sampling In Riverside

A map from the EPA shows the boundaries of the current investigation in Riverside: Hypathia Avenue on the east, Rohrer Boulevard on the west, Guernsey Dell and Minnesota Avenues on the north and Valley Pike Street on the south.
Credit USEPA Region V

    

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has started testing dozens of homes in the north Dayton suburb of Riverside for dangerous airborne pollution. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), are toxic industrial degreasers that were used with little regulation until the 1970s, when people began to suspect links to cancer.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

How Do You Buy Up A Vacant Property In Dayton? WYSO Curious Investigates

Dave Chesar of Oakwood scoped out this house on Wayne.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Recently Dave Chesar of Oakwood heard a story we did about the 6,000 abandoned properties in Dayton.

"At the end of the piece it said that the one thing that needs to happen is people need to start purchasing the properties," Chesar said. So he wondered: how do you actually do that? Who do you call? Is there a list? "Who really is the person, or group that can kind of transform those 6,000 vacant and distressed properties into properties that have a name, price and location?"

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