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Meymo Lyons

Managing Editor

Meymo Lyons has been pivotal in transforming WAMU 88.5 News into a vibrant, fast-paced newsroom with a strong focus on accountability journalism. Lyons joined the station in 2007 as Assignment Editor and was tasked with the goal of creating a news operation combining the best in-depth, long-form stories with the most relevant daily news coverage.

Under her guidance, WAMU 88.5 News has gained a reputation as one of the most hardworking and enterprising news teams in the business. Promoted to Managing Editor in 2012, Lyons oversees a team of reporters recognized as creative storytellers and experts on their beats.

Since then, they have won numerous awards, including two National Society of Professional Journalist Awards; a National Edward R. Murrow Award for a joint investigation with the Center for Public Integrity; 11 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards; and 34 Regional Associated Press Awards, including Outstanding News Operation of the year in 2014.

Lyons is an award-winning radio and television journalist in her own right with 27 years of experience in broadcast news, much of leading successful newsrooms in Michigan. She served 13 years as a member of the board of The Associated Press Broadcast Association of Michigan, and was president of the board for five years. She is currently a member of the board for The Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcast Association.


Articles Written by Meymo Lyons

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The Republican-backed measures are intended to reverse the Obama administration's decision to suspend plans to allow exploration for the first time in waters off the east coast.Gov. Bob McDonnell has pushed hard to open waters off Virginia to oil and gas exploration. It's part of his vision to create an energy capital in Virginia.That planned exploration was put on hold ...
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Assistant Fire Chief Scott Graham says the accident was reported about 9 a.m. Wednesday, and happened at the intersection of Stringtown Road and Route 355. Graham says the students and the unidentified adult suffered minor injuries.County police Officer Janelle Smith says the bus left the road and struck a tree after it was hit by the mirror of a school bus traveling in the opp...
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The lottery says the two facilities have brought in a total of about $77.1 million for the fiscal year. Hollywood Casino Perryville generated about $10 million in April, for a total of about $64.2 million for the fiscal year. The Casino at Ocean Downs near Ocean City generated about $3.5 million in April, for a total of about $12.9 million for the fiscal year.The casinos get ab...
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The Maryland Jockey Club announced the release of free mobile applications for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.The applications provide instant, real-time access to the latest Preakness Stakes updates, including news releases, historical data, blogs and wagering information. Users will also be able to get details on daily races during Pimlico Race Course's spring mee...
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The final say rests with the State Corporation Commission, but Dominion is asking regulators to increase the amount it can recover for its fuel costs.Virginia law allows companies to bill customers for the cost of fuel used to generate electricity and the power it buys to serve its customers.Dominion is also asking regulators to approve a surcharge for the building of it...
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O'Malley says the state's 23.5 cent gas tax -- which hasn't been raised since 1992 -- doesn't raise as much as it used to, partly because cars are getting better gas mileage.One option would be to apply the state's 6 percent sales tax to gas purchases, instead of taxing by the gallon.Gas in Maryland currently sells for $3.90 per gallon, more than $1 higher than at this t...
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The court ruled that a judge erred in dismissing Michael Lewis Jr.'s defamation claim against Lt. Brian Kei. However, the court upheld the judge's dismissal of malicious prosecution and false imprisonment claims against the officer.Lewis was falsely accused of trying to abduct a 10-year-old boy. He was jailed for 41 days, and his arrest was reported in the media and on the coun...
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ORIGINAL POST: Virginia's social services board is set to take up proposed regulations that would prohibit adoption agencies from discriminating against potential adoptive parents based on sexual orientation.The move has not been well-received by some faith-based adoption groups, and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has also voiced opposition to the measure.S...
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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the court to resolve questions about the law quickly, without the usual consideration by federal appellate judges and over the objection of the Obama administration.The case was among those that were scheduled to be discussed in the justices' private conference on Friday, but there was no announcement about the case when the co...
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School officials are preparing to appeal a $55,000 government fine for violating a federal campus safety law the day of the shootings.Many victims' families say the school can't mourn the tragedy and deny its mistakes at the same time.But Virginia Tech President Charles Steger told The Associated Press the likely appeal is intended to make the Department of Education exp...
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A move toward the middle -- seen as a significant step between the governor and the legislature to shore up the state's long-term fiscal health. The compromise worked out Monday addresses one of the trickiest budget hurdles between the two houses.The panel settled on retiree prescription drug changes that will raise out-of-pocket expenses, but not as much as had been considered...
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One of Rosenbaum's accused assailants, Percy Jordan, challenged his conviction, in D.C. Superior Court, of first-degree and second-degree murder while armed, robbery and credit card fraud. Senior Judge John Ferren, writing for a three-judge panel, ruled Jordan's claims to be without merit.Rosenbaum was out walking near his home in Northwest one evening in January 2006 when Jord...
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The legislation raises more than $70 million through fees. It also makes a variety of cuts to Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget proposals and includes changes to O'Malley's pension reform plan.Democrats say the measures balance the state's books and address about 40 percent of a projected budget d...
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Webb wouldn't say what further public role he might pursue after touring a new Veterans Administration facility in Richmond that treats veterans who suffered spinal cord trauma.Reporters greeted Webb as "short-timer" at the start of an impromptu media gaggle, Webb grinned, arched one eyebrow and replied, "Maybe."Asked later to elaborate, Webb said only that he plans to s...
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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says people in Virginia and the District, Arizona, Idaho and Colorado can use the E-Verify self-check system to ask the government to correct any information that may be wrong in the Department of Homeland Security or Social Security Administration files.The program, run by DHS and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, had previ...
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Reversing the cuts would restore funding for school systems around the state after an angry backlash from teachers, students and parents.O'Malley's budget proposal included a $94 million reduction in expected funding for kindergarten through 12th grade. The plan would shift $58.5 million back to sch...
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A spokesman for Leopold, David Abrams, says the Anne Arundel County executive was subpoenaed Wednesday by the State Prosecutor, asking for his schedule from 2008 to present, relating to the question of misuses of government resources."The county executive is fully complying with any and all requests by the State Prosecutor's Office," Abrams says.An attorney for members o...
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Visitation for Buckles will be Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. at Joseph Gawler's Sons Chapel and again from noon to 9 p.m. Monday.Buckles will then lie in repose from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel beneath the Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery. He will be buried with full military honors in a public ceremony at 4 p.m.With his death, researchers say only tw...
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Charging documents say the student told police that current or former Zeta Phi Beta sorority members assaulted her off campus at least three times, including pushing her into a wall and striking her with an oak paddle.Police say the student's arms and chest were severely bruised. Most of the women charged are scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning. The university says th...
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A Republican senator objected to comments made from the Senate dais by the vice president of the Maryland State Education Association during an event celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday.With a person dressed as the Cat in the Hat standing beside her, Betty Weller recited a rhyme calling on lawmakers to "keep their promises." The association is leading a campaign to avoid budget cut...