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
5:15 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

3D Printer Retail Store Opens in Dayton

Vandalia Vice-Mayor Mike Blakesly next to a 3D scan of himself. The scan will be turned into a digital model for a 3D printer that creates tiny, full-color replicas.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

GetPrinting3D, a retail store for three-dimensional printers, opened for business on the north side of Dayton Thursday. It’s one of just a handful in the country, but the potential uses of 3D printers are growing fast.

In the center of a cube-shaped 3D printer about the size of a hotel mini-fridge, a little mechanical arm squirts out thin jets of white liquid plastic, slowly building a chess piece.

Meanwhile, Brent Cox, of GetPrinting3D, holds up the future in his hands.

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Housing Crisis
6:00 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Is Racial Discrimination Blocking Recovery In Dayton? WYSO’s Lewis Wallace Talks To Jim McCarthy

It’s been five years since the housing bubble burst. Lots of people in the Dayton area lost their homes to foreclosure, and many of those homes are still sitting vacant.

Before the housing bust, McCarthy says his work at the Miami Valley Fair Housing Center often focused on discriminatory lending and rental practices; they were trying to get people of color into homes. But since the housing bust, he says the center has shifted focus towards keeping people in the greater Dayton area in their homes, through fighting foreclosures and seeking refinancing.

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Under Construction

Under Construction is WYSO’s series on growth in the greater Dayton area. We dig underneath the physical and economic markers of growth to look at the human consequences. Check back Thursdays for new installments.

November 2013 Elections
10:09 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Electric Aggregation Passes in Dayton, Xenia; Dayton Passage Very Close

 Voters passed electric aggregation in Xenia Tuesday by a margin of around 9 percent, and Dayton's ballot issue squeezed through with just a .51 percent margin in favor.

Montgomery County Board of Elections Director Jan Kelly says a final count will be complete Nov. 26, and official results including any recounts will be issued Dec. 6. Because the Dayton's aggregation proposal won by just 75 votes in the "official unofficial" tally (7,318 in favor and 7,243 against), it's still possible the final count could go the other way.

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November 2013 Elections
9:35 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Beavercreek City Schools Levy Too Close To Call

A controversial school levy in Beavercreek didn't pass Tuesday, but the tally was so close it has triggered a recount. The levy failed in the first count by just 29 votes.

This is the fifth time Beavercreek Schools has asked voters for an additional levy, and this time the margin was tighter than ever. Still, it was certainly not a win for the school system.

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