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
10:27 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Feds Intervene in West Dayton Banking Controversy

A map of the West Dayton "banking desert." Regulators, bankers and community members met Monday to talk about filling the gap left by the shuttering of the Westown PNC branch.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

Federal regulators held a public meeting Monday to talk about banking services in West Dayton. The closing of the Westown PNC branch this summer has turned a large part of West Dayton into a “banking desert”; from the former site of the bank, there are no bank branches within a two-mile radius.

At the crowded meeting, David Greer with the Northwest Priority Board called the departure of banks from the neighborhood “redlining.”

“It is a form of discrimination, and this is something that we as a people have fought long and hard for decades against,” he said.

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Health Care
6:00 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Take A Tour Of The Health Care Marketplace With WYSO Reporters, And Get A Cost Estimate

The Federal health care Marketplace is set to open for business Tuesday, Oct. 1, and open enrollment will last for six months. Most people who can’t get employer insurance will be required to sign up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, or pay a fee. But there’s still a lot of confusion about what exactly this will mean for the uninsured — about 1.5 million people in Ohio.

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Health Care
6:30 am
Fri September 27, 2013

In the Push to Spread the Word on Obamacare, Insurers Play A Key Role. PLUS: NPR's Cost Calculator.

CareSource's offices in downtown Dayton. CareSource is among 12 insurance companies offering plans on the Ohio marketplace.
Credit Flickr/vistavision

This week the Affordable Care Act has inspired congressional faceoffs, online poetry, and a reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" on the Senate floor. Meanwhile, the federal government is scrambling to get ready for the launch of the marketplace, where Ohio’s uninsured will shop for health plans.

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Development
10:33 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Austin Landing Development Stalled by Politics

The Austin Landing development in Miami Township has been stalled by a political disagreement. On Tuesday the township’s Board of Trustees gridlocked over a new proposal for the second stage of the project, which is funded with help from the township and a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district.

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Jobs
4:02 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Ohio Unemployment Rate Ticks Up in August, Reflecting Long-term Stagnation For Some

Tracie Franklin has been looking for work for months, and says stagnation and low wages have dominated the last few years.
Credit WYSO/Lewis Wallace

Unemployment numbers are out for August, and Ohio’s rate was right in line with the national rate of 7.3 percent. But while the U.S. unemployment rate went from above 8 percent in August 2012 to 7.3 percent in August 2013, the state numbers actually ticked up slightly from last month and last year.

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