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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The Economy & Business
9:33 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Dayton Walmart Blocks Protesters At The Door

Clarence Stewart works at a Walmart in Cincinnati. He says he was kicked out of the Dayton Walmart for talking to customers about the strike.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Walmart staff blocked the doors Thursday as protesters attempted to enter the Butler Township store with fliers for their Black Friday demonstration.

Around 60 people gathered in the cold outside the Walmart off Miller Lane, demanding Walmart raise wages to $15 an hour. The event started out as your standard protest, with speeches, chants and signs. Willis Blackshear is the Montgomery County recorder.

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The Economy & Business
7:02 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Dayton Mall Development Seeking Public Input

Screenshot from the Dayton Mall JEDD website.
Credit Miami Township and Dayton Mall Joint Economic Development District / www.planthemallarea.com

Miami Township and Miamisburg are looking for public input on a redevelopment plan for the Dayton Mall, starting with a meeting Thursday night at the Miami Township Government Center from 6:30-8 p.m.

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WYSO Curious
6:30 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Will There Ever Be An Opportunity For Another Grocery Store Downtown? WYSO Curious Looks Ahead

Kroger in Huber Heights. Experts say if customers show they are willing to drive a few miles to a suburban location, it takes away the incentive for chains to build in limited downtown space.
Credit Nicholas Eckhart / Flickr/Creative Commons

There’s a lot going on in downtown Dayton: in some ways, it’s growing. Housing is being built or redeveloped, and small retail and restaurant businesses are taking root. In other ways, it’s struggling, with around a 30 percent vacancy rate for office buildings and a high rate of tax delinquency, including in some high-profile empty buildings like the Arcade.

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Water
7:37 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Water Meeting Brings Mounting Protest Against Policy Changes

Kevin Jones with the Fair River Oaks Priority Board spoke in front of nearly 100 people at a public town hall meeting on Dayton's source water protection program.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

More than 25 people out of nearly a hundred in attendance took the mike at a town hall meeting about Dayton’s drinking water protections Monday evening.

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Water
6:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

The Fire That Changed How Dayton Sees Water

A rainbow forms near the fountains viewed from Triangle Park at the meeting point of the Stillwater and the Great Miami Rivers. The fountains are a tribute to the abundant aquifer, which is where they get their water.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The City of Dayton is considering changes to its drinking water protections, and a public town hall meeting is set for Monday evening to hear feedback on the latest proposal.

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