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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Retail
6:34 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Trotwood Residents Petition To Keep Target Open

The Trotwood Target is set to close on May 3, 2014.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

A citizens’ group has gathered 1,700 signatures on a petition asking the Target store in Trotwood not to close. Target recently announced that its Trotwood and Middletown stores in the Dayton area are set to shut down May 3.

Trotwood city council member Bruce Kettelle compared the news from Target to a break-up.

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Chinese Auto Industry Looks To The Midwest—But Why? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Asks Giorgio Rizzoni

The view from the old employee entrance to the Moraine GM plant, where Fuyao plans to put a new entrance to the plant.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last week we learned the former GM Moraine Assembly plant is getting a new tenant: a major Chinese automotive glass manufacturer, Fuyao is planning to redevelop 1.4 million square feet of the huge factory, and bring in 800 jobs.

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Wright-Patt
11:08 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Wright-Patt Seeks Cost Savings Through Partnerships

Colonel Cassie Barlow heads the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is seeking out new community partnerships in 2014 in order to cut costs in response to ongoing budget troubles. With the wind-down of two wars and a trend towards trimming in Washington, Wright-Patt is looking for ways to control basic forms of spending on the base.

“As budgets continue to decrease,” said Colonel Cassie Barlow, head of the 88th Air Base Wing, “the Air Force looking for alternative ways to support its mission and to really maintain the quality of life that we’re used to, for our airmen and for their family members.”

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The Economy & Business
6:44 am
Wed January 15, 2014

New Mortgage Rules In Effect This Week Get Mixed Reviews

 A complex new set of rules designed to limit risky loans is in place as of this week for mortgage bankers. The regulations were developed in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

That 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law was, among other things, supposed to make it harder for banks to issue mortgages fast and loose.

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Jobs
4:19 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Fuyao To Bring At Least 800 Jobs To Miami Valley

Moraine Assembly has been mostly empty for five years.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Last week’s big news that a Chinese company will take over a large part of the old GM plant in Moraine is still reverberating throughout the Miami Valley. Officials say the automotive glass manufacturer, Fuyao, is expected to bring at least 800 jobs by 2017.

It’s the biggest job-creation win so far for Governor John Kasich’s semi-private economic development arm, JobsOhio.

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