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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Immigration
6:44 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Feds May Not Need Dayton To Host Immigrant Children

A controversy could be fizzling out over whether Dayton will host immigrant children from Central America in temporary shelters. The federal government told Mayor Nan Whaley it might not need the help, after all.

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Around the Miami Valley
6:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Beavercreek Police: State Will Investigate Walmart Shooting

Beavercreek police say the state will investigate Tuesday night’s shooting of a man brandishing a gun inside a Wal-Mart store.   Police shot 22-year-old John Crawford, of Fairfield, after he failed to comply with verbal orders. He died later at Miami Valley Hospital.

Chief of Police Dennis Evers says he thinks Beavercreek police reacted appropriately.

"The quick response of officers was instrumental in containing the situation and minimizing the risk to customers," he said.

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Education
5:38 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

RTA To Extend Student Bus Pass Times

Belmont High School student Chico Rucker with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The city of Dayton and the Dayton Regional Transit Authority (RTA) have announced they’re extending the hours for student bus passes. Student bus passes have only been good through 4:30pm; now a $30 monthly pass will last until 5pm, and the $40 pass will be good through 7pm on weekdays.

The city has found transportation is a problem for a lot of kids who want to participate in tutoring and other after-school activities.

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Jobs
10:14 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Whirlpool Breaks Ground On Plant Expansion In Darke County

KitchenAid mixers are all made at the Greenville plant northwest of Dayton.
Credit Nicola / Flickr/Creative Commons

Whirlpool Corporation is breaking ground Wednesday on an expanded KitchenAid factory in Greenville, 40 miles northwest of Dayton, with plans to add hundreds of jobs in the next few years.

 

The Michigan-based company has been expanding its manufacturing operations in parts of the U.S. since about 2010, and now plans to spend $40 million over five years to nearly double the size of the Greenville facility, where it makes stand mixers and a few other appliances.

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Dayton History
6:40 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Why Did Dayton Produce So Many Inventors And Inventions? WYSO Curious Pops Open An Answer

An old NCR cash register on display at Dayton History
Lewis Wallace WYSO

John Patterson, Edward Deeds, and Wilbur and Orville Wright are just a few of the big names from a time when Dayton was a hotbed of innovation and invention. These famous names prompted a question from WYSO listener Susan Thornton:

“Why did Dayton produce so many inventors—for example, Charles Kettering, the Wright Brothers, the pop top can inventor?”

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