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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Jobs
6:25 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Tax Credits To Support 160 Factory Jobs In Miami Valley

Egg-cracking is one of three new jobs coming to Miami Valley under the latest Tax Credit Authority announcement.
Credit Beatrice Murch / Flickr

The Ohio Tax Credit Authority has announced  credits to help three different Miami Valley factories open or expand, adding up to 166 jobs.

Fecon, which already makes forestry equipment in Lebanon, is widening its plant floor and adding 25 jobs.

“We’re infiltrating markets that we previously hadn’t really had a presence so we sold recently to Russia, South America and Europe,” says Fecon CFO John Desczc.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Work Starts On Downtown Yellow Springs Hotel

Jim Hammond and his wife, Libby, are going in on the Mills Park hotel together.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Work has started on a site for a new 28-room hotel, restaurant and banquet hall in the village of Yellow Springs. The project has a price tag of at least $4 million, but it’s not a standard big investment.

On a blustery afternoon in March, the owner of the future Mills Park Hotel is out chain-sawing—clearing up tree stumps from a big empty lot on Route 68 in downtown Yellow Springs.

“I’m a do-it-yourself kind of person,” says Jim Hammond, who is soft-spoken and covered in sawdust.

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The Economy & Business
11:38 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Chipotle Is Hiring, But Even Low-Wage Work Can Be Hard To Get

Clifford Holt lives in West Dayton with his grandmother. He's been looking for work for six months.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Chipotle is hiring around the Dayton area—a job fair Thursday in Beavercreek advertised 300 positions coming open this year, and there were 27 postings on the company's site Thursday.

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Drones
5:53 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Colleges Team Up On Drone Farming Program

 

Sinclair Community College has announced it’s teaming up with Southern State Community College to expand and collaborate on its unmanned aerial system program.

Unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs or drones, are expected to become a big commercial market in the next few years, and a lot of entrepreneurs have their eyes on Ohio’s farm fields. Sensor technology and cameras on the vehicles would let farmers scan huge areas more easily, looking for mold, pests or standing water, just for example.

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Affordable Care Act
5:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Amid Continued Obamacare Confusion, Administration Extends Deadline For Some

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in February found most people without health insurance had no idea when the deadline was to sign up for Affordable Care Act plans.

It’s the last week to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act—the deadline is Monday, March 31. As people continue to wade through the confusion surrounding the law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced it will offer some wiggle room on the deadline.

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