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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Wright-Patt
4:23 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Wright-Patt Begins Meetings With Local Leaders On Cost-Cutting Measures

Colonel Cassie Barlow, who heads the 88th Air Base Wing, announced the base's intention to seek out cost-cutting partnerships in January, 2014.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is holding meetings all day Thursday to talk about cost-cutting measures. In January, base officials announced they want to attract partnerships with area businesses and governments as a way to save money.

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Economic Development
2:31 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission Holds Open Houses On Land Use

Credit "Memoirs of the Miami Valley", Vol. 1, Fig. 1 (Chicago 1919) / Wikimedia Commons

The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission (MVRPC) is holding an open house Wednesday evening to talk about a vision for land use in the region. The commission is nearing the end of a 7-year planning process aimed at addressing uneven urban and suburban planning in the Miami Valley.

“We have been experiencing a thinning out of our tax base over the last 30 years,” said Martin Kim, Director of Planning for the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission who says cities and towns that are dependent on property taxes have suffered.

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Pollution
4:56 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Site Of Old Chemical Fire Nearing Legal Conclusion In Beavercreek

A photo of the 1969 fire in Beavercreek.
Credit Beavercreeksfinest.com

A federal court has issued a decision in a decades-old case about Lammers Barrel Factory, a pollution site in Beavercreek. A list of thirty-seven companies have agreed to clean up the vacant lot, which was contaminated sometime in the 1950s or 1960s with volatile organic compounds, which can be toxic if consumed through drinking water or vapor intrusion.

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Infrastructure
6:00 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Dayton's Ridge Avenue Bridge To Close Until September 2015

The Ridge Ave. Bridge from the east side.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Following a groundbreaking on Friday, the Ridge Avenue Bridge over the Stillwater River in Dayton is set to close Tuesday, February 18, 2014 until September, 2015 for a complete rebuilding.

The current bridge, which connects Riverside Drive on the west side to Triangle and Deweese Parks on the east, was built in 1927 and still carries nearly 5,000 vehicles a day to and from residential neighborhoods and the nearby Boonshoft Museum. A contract was granted to Brumbaugh Construction of Arcanum on February 11.

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Health, Science & The Environment
2:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Underway In Ohio, But Numbers Can Confuse

Ohio officials are reporting over 23,000 people newly eligible for Medicaid in Ohio got enrolled in January, after Ohio Governor John Kasich decided to expand the insurance program to cover more low-income people using Affordable Care Act funds.

Medicaid can be tricky to quantify, however.

At the Montgomery County Job Center’s health care room, the people coming in are a mix—some have been on and off Medicaid, and some are signing up for subsidized care for the first time.

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