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 president of the University of Dayton has announced plans to step down. Daniel Curran has been in the position for 12 years, and during that time the university has opened up an institute in China and converted the old headquarters of NCR into the University of Dayton Research Institute, among other investments. Curran stands out as the first president ever at this Catholic institution who is not a Marianist brother or priest.

Montgomery County purchased 13,000 tons of road salt last winter, up from a usual average of 10,000 pounds.
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It’s been a warm December, and that’s great news for Ohio counties paying high prices for road salt; the cost for many has doubled or tripled after a shortage last winter.

City of Springfield

  A tax reform bill passed in the Ohio statehouse Wednesday has lots of city and town leaders riled up. The bill, HB 5, set out to reform local income taxes by adding some uniform regulations, including changing the system for companies that work in multiple municipalities. Right now, municipal income taxes are a patchwork, with different policies in over 600 municipalities around the state.

James Hicks is the Bearded Barber.
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WYSO Curious, our series where you ask the questions and our reporters answer them, is at it again, this time with a question that might seem clear-cut:

Who is the Bearded Barber?

The logo for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
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Ohio’s unemployment rate ticked down to just 5.3 percent in October, which is as low as it’s been for years, and the Dayton Metropolitan Statistical Area (Dayton MSA, including Greene, Miami, Montgomery and Preble Counties) saw an even lower rate of 4.7 percent, according to the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

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The city of Dayton and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base have announced plans for the 20th anniversary of the Dayton Peace Accords, the agreement signed in Dayton on November 21, 1995 that ended the war in Bosnia, Herzegovina and Croatia and established Bosnia and Herzegovina’s current constitution.

City Commissioner Matt Joseph says it was hard for a lot of people on the ground at the time to believe the war would really end with these accords, and the fact that it worked was almost a surprise.

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.
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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.

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.

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. grocery store food
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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.

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.
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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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