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, 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 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."

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A retired Air Force drone is used in the classroom at Sinclair Community College.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Sinclair Community College is unveiling its new drone test center in a Monday afternoon ribbon-cutting that coincides with a first-of-its-kind conference about unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

The renovated test center was funded with $4 million from the state and $1 million from Sinclair, and it’s meant to be used by drone entrepreneurs and educational groups from around the country. It includes manufacturing facilities and a new wind tunnel for UAS testing. Deb Norris is the VP of workforce development at Sinclair.

Kimberly Barrett is the vice president of multicultural affairs and community engagement at Wright State University.
Asha Brogan / WYSO

Deconstructing Race is a series of commentaries about racial identity by Miami Valley residents.

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The constitutional amendment that would legalize marijuana in Ohio will appear on the ballot for this fall, after organizers made up for an earlier shortfall in signatures.

A coalition of Dayton-area businesses and law enforcement, calling itself Dayton Regional Employers Against Marijuana or DREAM, has come out against it.

The Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce surveyed its members and found that almost 70 percent are against the proposed constitutional amendment.

More than 200 protesters gathered in front of the locked Walmart Wednesday. crawford
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The Beavercreek Walmart was closed for several hours Wednesday evening during a protest one year since John Crawford III was shot and killed by police in the store. The store closed just before the demonstration started and reopened after most protesters had left.

As the demonstration started, would-be shoppers were rolling up to Walmart and finding the doors were locked. A woman who gave her name as Lucy shrugged.

A photo of John Crawford III posted to his mother, Tressa Sherrod's Facebook page has been reproduced in art honoring him around the country.
Tressa Sherrod via Facebook

Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the day 22-year-old John Crawford III was fatally shot by Beavercreek police. Activists and Crawford's family continue to say justice has not been served.

Crawford, a Black man from Fairfield, had stopped off at Walmart for ingredients for a barbeque when a shopper called 911 to say he was waving a gun around. Crawford was talking on his cellphone and holding a BB gun he’d picked up off store shelves.

The rotunda section of the Arcade is in urgent need of repair. downtown dayton
David Bohardt / Arcade Task Force

The downtown Dayton Arcade has been unoccupied for more than twenty years now.

But 52-year-old Daytonian Aquetta Knight remembers a time when it was hopping.

“Everybody I knew was down there,” she says. “They were the good old days.”

Her dad was a shoe repairman in the Arcade, which also housed a fresh meat market, fresh fish, a popcorn store and a grocery. She’s like a lot of residents who want nothing more than to see it open back up.

The Dayton City Commission has updated the city's water ordinance.

The Dayton City Commission has passed a controversial set of changes to the city’s source water protection program.


The current code regulates the chemicals around Dayton’s well fields, where most of Montgomery County’s drinking water comes from. Since the late 80s, the zoning code has legislated the amount of potentially hazardous substances that can be stored near the wells. A related regulation, which will remain in place, provides incentives for companies that had chemicals grandfathered in to reduce those chemicals.


From left to right, Bishop Richard Cox with SCLC, Attorney Michael Wright, and Patricia Martin, Dontae Martin's mother
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The family of a black man shot and killed by Montgomery County sheriff’s deputies last week is accusing the sheriff’s office of smearing his name, and calling for a thorough investigation.

The facts people agree on: last week two white deputies responded to a 911 call about a single-car crash in Harrison Township. At the end of it, 34-year-old Dontae Martin was dead.

Kristi Tanner with JobsOhio signs the Fuyao windshield at Carillon Historical Park.
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A piece of glass produced at the Fuyao plant has been placed in the museum at Carillon Historical Park in Dayton.

Fuyao Chairman Cao Dewang grinned as kids from the Richard Allen Academy greeted him in Chinese at a crowded event at the museum. He was back in Dayton to celebrate the first windshields rolling off the line at the Moraine plant, where his company is spending more than $300 million to build what he says will be the biggest free-standing auto-glass factory in the world.

John Dixon works at  Access Dayton, one of the groups leading the push to move the stop. He says if he can't get a ride, a trip to the mall can take hours.
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Local groups will recognize the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act or ADA this weekend with a protest. Activists say the Greater Dayton RTA bus stop at the Dayton Mall discriminates against people with disabilities.

The ADA is a federal law that’s led to a lot of the accommodations we’re used to today, like curb ramps and braille on elevators, but leaders with Access Dayton and Leaders for Equality and Action Dayton (LEAD) say the bus stop at the Dayton Mall violates the spirit of that law.