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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Food
6:43 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Changes to Food Stamp Program to Hit Ohioans

Outside the Clark County Job and Family Services center. SNAP recipients trickled out Tuesday morning after appointments to learn about reinstated work requirements.
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Legislators have been hashing out the future of food stamps in Washington this week. But here in Ohio, changes to food assistance, also called SNAP, are coming down the pike regardless. Work requirements will go into effect Oct. 1 for 134,000 Ohioans who depend on food stamps.

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Jobs
6:29 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Racino Job Fair at Sinclair Draws Job-Seekers From Across the Region

Sinclair College opened up a conference space for the Miami Valley Gaming job fair Wednesday. The "racino" comes with around 600 new part- and full-time jobs.
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  A job fair for the Miami Valley Gaming “Racino” brought dozens of people to Sinclair College Wednesday. The $175 million project in Warren County is hiring up to 600 people in anticipation of opening by the end of the year. Available jobs at the new gaming center include service, hospitality, security and IT, and people came from around the Dayton area for the chance to meet recruiters face-to-face.

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The Economy & Business
7:38 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Downtown Dayton Riverfront Project Gets Green Light

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The proposed Water Street development in downtown Dayton is one step closer to reality. The Dayton Plan Commission gave approval to the Water Street Project.  The private redevelopment effort would span almost the whole stretch of riverfront from Riverscape Park to Tech Town. Support for the $36 million effort was overwhelming at Tuesday night’s meeting.

"The developer has money, has experience, knows what he’s doing, he’s not coming saying give me money, I’ll build it, he’s bringing money from Columbus to here," says Sandy Mendelson, a downtown businessman.

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Economics
3:08 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

“One Dayton” Launches Effort to Consolidate County and City Governments

Former University of Dayton President Brother Ray Fitz, Shannon Martin of Brickler & Eckler, Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams, and Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley (left to right). They are members of the "One Dayton" group proposing a combined city and county government.
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 Political and business leaders held an event in Dayton Monday to discuss merging city and county governments. The group is pushing the economic benefits of consolidation.

  

Leaders of the so-called “One Dayton” initiative say the problem is simple: both Dayton and Montgomery County have been in decline. Since the year 2000, around 25,000 people have left the county, and jobs are slow to return after the recession.

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Finances
6:20 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Under Budget Duress, Beavercreek Schools Reach Agreement With Teachers

The Beavercreek City School District has reached a contract agreement with teachers after months of strained negotiations, but the district is left with a budget problem.

The contract includes compromises over pay raises and health care; for the first time ever, teachers have agreed to forgo regular raises in the base wage and instead take raises based on district-wide performance. The Beavercreek schools consistently perform very high by state standards, and a continued “A” grade from the state of Ohio would mean a one-time raise for teachers each year.

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