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
6:00 am
Tue November 19, 2013

Dayton-Area Manufacturers Have An Image Problem

The Staub Manufacturing Solutions shop is clean and well-lit, a far cry from the image of the old manufacturing industry.
Lewis Wallace WYSO

From 2000 to 2009, manufacturing jobs in the greater Dayton area were cut in half as businesses consolidated, closed, or went overseas.

“Everything really just kinda died for us,” says Steve Staub, the head of Staub Manufacturing Solutions.

Jobs drained out of the region, around 40,000 in total, and just a few thousand have been added since 2010—not exactly a roaring comeback. But now the remaining workforce is aging, and area manufacturers are having a hard time finding young, educated workers to fill positions doing increasingly high-tech work.

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Affordable Care Act
6:33 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Federal Health Care Website Still Down, With Consequences For Ohio’s Uninsured

As the fiasco continues in Washington over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technical problems still plague healthcare.gov, the website that was meant to be the law’s easy one-stop shop for subsidized health care plans. Enrollment numbers released last week were disturbingly low, with just 27,000 enrollments through the federal site in the first month after its Oct. 1 launch.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Culture Works Launches Dayton-Area Cultural Plan With Economic Study

Muse Machine's production of Singin' in the Rain. Muse Machine is one of the arts organizations that receives funds from Culture Works.
Credit Thom Meyer

A study out Thursday says the arts are an important economic driver for the Dayton region. The study, commissioned by cultural advocacy group Culture Works, finds arts nonprofits are responsible for over $160 million in annual spending.

"Above and beyond the intrinsic benefits that arts and culture provides to the community in so many ways, there actually is an economic impact as well,” said Martine Meredith Collier, who heads Culture Works.

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Military
7:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Local Officials Sound A New Sequestration Alarm

Ohio U.S. Congressman Mike Turner (R-10th) speaks at Sinclair Community College about sequestration.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Dayton-area officials held a public meeting Tuesday about the effects of sequestration, or automatic federal spending cuts, on the local economy. They say the outlook is gloomy if sequestration continues into 2014.

“Survival mode” and “devastation” were just a couple of the phrases tossed out at the event.

“As this goes downhill, the next thing’s gonna go downhill, and we’re gonna be in a world of hurt,” said Greene County Commission Tom Koogler.

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The Economy & Business
2:51 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Montgomery County To Hold Forum On The “Talent Pipeline” Tuesday

The Advanced Manufacturing Technology Trade Show in October showcased new technologies driving the manufacturing sector.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Montgomery County will hold a forum on workforce development Tuesday from 5:30pm-7:30pm at Sinclair Community College. Area employers and educators will discuss the need for a “talent pipeline” to address a perceived gap between workforce training for young people and available jobs in a changing market.

Local officials want talented young people to be channeled from school, to internships and apprenticeships, to jobs and careers.

Katie McNeil with Miami Machine Corporation is one of many employers who see a growing skills gap as older workers retire.

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