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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Politics
10:53 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Sen. Sherrod Brown Talks Up Workforce Investment Act At Sinclair

Sinclair Community College President Steve Johnson (center) welcomes democratic U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown to the college's manufacturing training facility.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown visited Sinclair Community College Tuesday to talk about shortages in skilled workers—and talk up his part in amending the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Since 1998, the WIA has funneled billions in federal dollars towards workforce training programs at the state and local levels.

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Jobs
10:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Ohio’s Unemployment Rate Dips To Lowest Point Since 2008, But Job Growth Lags Behind

The unemployment rate in Ohio dipped to 6.1 percent in March—the lowest it’s been since 2008. It’s down from 6.5 percent in February, and well below the national rate of 6.7 percent. But those percentages can be deceiving—March was also a slow month for job growth, and the labor force once again saw a downward tick month over month, with about 11,000 less people either working or looking for work in March than in February.

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Defense Industry
4:31 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Pentagon Issues New Sequestration Warnings: $1 Trillion In Cuts By 2021

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with soldiers at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. in 2013. Hagel is pushing for a trimmer military budget, but speaking out against sequestration-level caps.
Credit Glenn Fawcett / Department of Defense/Flickr

A report released by the Pentagon this week warns of the consequences of continuing to fund the military at sequestration levels. The across-the-board spending caps have been relieved by a budget deal in Congress, but the Pentagon is saying that by 2021, the Department of Defense will have spent $1 trillion less than it had planned, making cuts in almost all areas including acquisition, research and personnel.

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Defense Industry
7:15 am
Thu April 17, 2014

As Defense Budget Shrinks, Local Contracting Not All Doom And Gloom

Employees of General Atomics Aeronautical, the manufacturer of Predator and Reaper drones, talk in the company's new Beavercreek office.
Credit Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Thursday is the second day of meetings at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base for small businesses in the defense industry. The event is part of an effort on the part of the Air Force to work more with small contractors; base officials say it helps them stay efficient as the government cuts defense budgets.

Those cuts have been bad news for local industry, which provides the Air Force with everything from computer systems to research to airplane parts—but not all contractors are feeling the same pain.

Large contractors cash in

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The Economy & Business
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Ohio Same-Sex Couples Will Still File Taxes Separately - For Now

Nicole Yorksmith (left) holds her son while standing with her partner, Pam Yorksmith. They were among four legally married couples who filed a federal civil rights lawsuit seeking to compel Ohio to recognize same-sex marriages on birth certificates.
Credit Al Behrman / AP

A federal judge has ruled that Ohio will have to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, and there are lots of legal implications to recognizing these out-of-state marriages. The ruling concerns birth certificates for the children of four gay couples, but marriage law can also touch on adoption, health care, and, of course, taxes.

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