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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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Digital billboards featuring sketches of the suspect are running in the four states where attacks occurred including Virginia and Maryland.Police have also set up a website about the case at EastCoastRapist.com -- it contains maps, composite sketches and very specific details about how this man operates.The same individual is bel...
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New census data shows that an explosive increase in Northern Virginia's Latino and Asian populations has fueled the region's growth over the last decade.Northern Virginia's population grew at a 24 percent rate over the last decade, while the statewide population growth was just 13 percent.Non-Hispanic whites represented 66 percent of the region's population in 2000. That...
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Police have shot a man who took a woman hostage during a bank robbery in Takoma Park. Prince George's County Police spokeswoman Lt. Tammy Sparkman says the suspect has been shot. His condition is unknown.Sparkman says a police officer may have been shot in the leg. Video shows a man walking out of a Capitol One bank on University Boulevard toward police officers using a woman a...
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Baltimore city agencies will soon be taking transparency to a whole new level. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed an executive order creating an initiative called OpenBaltimore.The idea is to make more data available to the public. The order directs all city agencies to post online all data sets that are under their control.Rawlings-Blake says the amount of data s...
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The Army says the National Academy of Sciences will review several studies of possible public health effects from toxins used at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.Garrison Commander Col. Judith Robinson says the peer review will help determine whether the research is scientifically sound. A report is expected by September.The studies include a 2009 Health and Human Services ...
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Republicans are pushing legislation to crack down on illegal immigrants who try to work, go to school or use social services in Virginia, as well as those who commit crimes.House Republicans say they will have attorneys look over the proposals to make sure they are constitutional so to avoid a legal battle like the one in Arizona.One bill would check the immigration stat...
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Maryland's Senate minority leader is stepping down. Republican Sen. Allan Kittleman, who represents Howard County, says he's decided to move aside because he holds more moderate views on social issues than a majority of the members of the Senate Republican caucus.Kittleman is working on legislation to allow civil unions for both same-sex and opposite-sex couples that would give...
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An FBI task force has taken over the investigation of fiery packages sent to federal and Maryland government officials. Rich Wolf, a spokesman for the FBI in Baltimore, says the Maryland Joint Terrorism Task Force is now leading the investigation.The task force includes federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The packages were addressed to Homeland Security Secretary...
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Maryland has approved a coal ash landfill at a site on the Anne Arundel County-Baltimore City line. State environmental officials insist pollution safeguards are in place.The new landfill must have a plastic liner to keep contaminants from groundwater as well as monitoring wells. Ash also must be wetted daily to prevent it from becoming airborne.Constellation Energy plan...
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Click here for the latest on this story.Washington shoppers have spent approximately $2 million on paper and plastic bags in the past year, one nickel at a time. The city's 5-cent tax on bags began last January, but consumers spent much less pocket change than predicted to pay for bags from grocery, liquor and convenienc...
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The remains of a U.S. Marine from western Maryland are coming home from the war in Afghanistan.The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Office in Dover, Del., says the remains of Lance Cpl. Maung Htaik were scheduled for return to Dover Air Force Base Monday afternoon.The Air Force lists his hometown as Hagerstown. Htaika is a 2008 graduate of Smithsburg High School, in Smithsburg...
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In Montgomery County,Maryland an elementary school teacher is charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop.Rebecca Amick, 25, was one of three people in a car police in Silver Spring stopped for speeding downtown.Police searched the car and the occupants and found Amick with nine bags of heroin. She was charged with possession of heroin and released on personal...
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Some new laws will take effect in Maryland with the New Year:On the roads, a new law eliminates the automatic assigning of a trial date for drivers who get ticketed. Beginning Jan. 1, drivers who want to contest a ticket will need to request a trial date within 30 days of the citation. Otherwise, drivers will have to pay up or request a waiver hearing....
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Police in Flint, Mich., are searching for a victim of last summer's stabbing spree after he failed to appear in court. The man standing trial in the case is also suspected in attacks in Leesburg, Va.Bill Fisher was supposed to testify today at a preliminary examination in Michigan to determine if Elias Abuelazam goes to trial for attempted murder. Meanwhile, in another case, Ab...
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On some MARC train lines, chances aren't much better than 50/50 that they'll arrive on time. One of the worst performing trains: MARC's Camden Line Train 850 from Washington to Baltimore came in on-time 53 percent of the time, during afternoon runs in November. MARC's on-time performance on the Penn and Camden lines slipped to 85 percent after three trains were running late about half...
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In Maryland, the husband and wife owners of several liquor stores and a Prince George's County police corporal accused of conspiring to transport untaxed cigarettes and alcohol in Maryland and Virginia have pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court.Amrik and Ravinder Melhi of Clarksville were arrested as part of a sweeping corruption probe in Prince George's County. The investi...
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Montgomery County Police say a man investigated for his possible role in the slaying of American University professor Sue Ann Marcum has been extradited to Maryland.Deandrew Hamlin, 18, was returned to Maryland from the District late last night. He is scheduled to appear in Rockville District Court this afternoon on charges of motor vehicle theft among other offenses.Ham...
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The Supreme Court is leaving in place a ban on alcohol advertising in Virginia's college newspapers. The court today rejected an appeal filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the newspapers.The appeal argued that the ban is an unconstitutional restraint on speech, saying a ban on truthful advertising is only constitutional if it advances "important societal go...
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One of three police officers arrested in an ongoing Prince George's County public corruption investigation has been released.Police Sgt. Richard Delabrer, a 22-year veteran of the Prince George's County Police Department is home for the holiday after pleading "not guilty" in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by extortion.He wears an elect...
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A legislative review of Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal to get Virginia out of the liquor business says profits from the sale have been overstated by tens of millions of dollars.The Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission report says McDonnell's staff painted too rosy a picture when it released its estimates.The current proposal calls for the auction of 1,000 retail license...