WNYC’s new metro editor is David L. Lewis

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WNYC has a new metro editor.

The station's vice president for news, Jim Schachter, announced the appointment of David L. Lewis in a memo to staff yesterday, noting his experience covering the administration of Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign and new NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s earlier career as the police chief of Los Angeles.

A Riverdale resident and CUNY graduate journalism instructor of six years, Lewis has previously worked at NY1 and “60 Minutes.”

He also made a documentary about legendary former Village Voice writer Nat Hentoff and is “hungry to get back into the day-to-day business of covering the news,” Schachter wrote.

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You can read the full memo below:

To the Staff:

If my reporting is accurate, our new Metro Editor covered an administration in City Hall where the First Lady had her own high profile. (Of course the story he’s best known for covering on that beat - that Donna Hanover and Rudy Giuliani were splitting up – doesn’t auger so well for such arrangements.)

In that brief moment when Pete Hamill was editor of the Daily News and Bill Clinton was president of the United States, he covered a controversial stab at addressing income inequality (called, at the time, welfare reform). At NY1, he covered Hillary Clinton’s first Senate campaign. Working with Ed Bradley at “60 Minutes,” he was one of the producers on a profile of a new police chief (of Los Angeles) named Bill Bratton.

So David L. Lewis, our new Metro Editor, has a lot of relevant experience to draw upon as he joins WNYC News.

For the last six years, David has taught the craft of reporting at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Colleagues there describe him as a strong mentor, a careful editor, a devoted teacher – and also as “a caged tiger,” hungry to get back into the day-to-day business of covering the news. A resident of Riverdale, one of the things he brings us is deep knowledge of the Bronx; his CUNY students produced the Mott Haven Herald, a newspaper and website covering that South Bronx neighborhood.

Besides teaching, David has been working for the last few years as an independent filmmaker. His documentary “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step,” about the Village Voice jazz writer and civil liberties columnist Nat Hentoff, won the Grand Jury award for films based in New York City at the DOC NYC festival this fall. It will be in theaters this spring.

David gets what we do, and has lots of ideas about how we can do it better. He starts Feb. 10.

Jim