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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Social Services
12:09 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Montgomery County Children’s Services Workers Could Strike

Children’s Services workers at Montgomery County could go on strike soon after contract negotiations with the county broke down early this week. Children’s Services facilitates foster care and adoption and works with abused and neglected kids and their families. About 230 county workers with the Professional Guild of Ohio (PGO) Council 12 are asking for higher pay increases than the county is willing to offer, and more than 100 protested at a county commission meeting Tuesday.

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Drug Abuse
11:58 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Dayton’s East End Takes On Heroin Epidemic

East End Community Services provides a wide range of social services to Dayton's east side.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Accidental overdoses, including those caused by heroin, continue to rise in Ohio and in Montgomery County. Now a local non-profit is joining the fight to turn those numbers around.

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Around the Miami Valley
12:07 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Downtown Art Gallery To Close

Visitors at the CADC's first location in the Cannery complex.

The city of Dayton’s First Friday, a monthly event that opens up downtown art galleries and businesses to draw in visitors, is coming up this week, but it comes with bad news from one downtown gallery. The Connecting Art and Design Community (CADC), formerly known as the Cannery Gallery, is shutting its doors at the end of the month.

Christy Jennewein, who heads the gallery and event space and was involved in founding First Fridays, says she has struggled with funding.

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Jobs
11:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Walmart Protests Return To Dayton

Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials in a November, 2013 protest.
Credit Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A protest is coming to the Dayton Walmart on York Commons Wednesday as part of a week of protests and employee walkouts at Walmart stores around the country. Walmart workers and supporters of a living wage increase by the retail giant will be joined by State Rep. Connie Pillich (D-28). She believes an across-the-board wage boost would help struggling families.

“We’re talking about a living wage,” says Pillich. “We’re making sure that people at Walmart and other places in Ohio, can earn enough money and get enough work hours to support their families.”

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Air Force Museum
11:42 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Work Starts On New Wing At Air Force Museum

Plan for a fourth building at the Air Force Museum.
Credit National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Construction starts this summer on a new wing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton. The 224,000-square-foot addition will host the presidential aircraft gallery, an expanded space gallery, the research and development gallery, and a global reach gallery about airlift operations.

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