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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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A newspaper in Virginia is taking the word "Democrat" out of its name because of the nation's increasingly divisive politics. In an editorial published Wednesday, The Fauquier Times-Democrat announced it would now be known as the Fauquier Times. The editorial said having the word "Democrat" in th...
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A mother in Anne Arundel County, Maryland is suing more than 180 people who she says viewed child pornography depicting her two young daughters. The girls' mother, who goes by Jane Doe in the complaint, is seeking $8 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages from over 180 people, some of whom were identified in the lawsuit, others who remained anon...
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Montgomery County police say the son of a former aide to President George W. Bush told officers he killed a man with a hatchet in a dispute over drug sales. Claude A. Allen III remains behind bars as his attorneys waived his right to a bond review hearing. The 20-year-old man from Gaithersburg is charged with murder. Police say in charging documents that Allen ini...
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Government secrecy reaches a new level this week in the court-martial of an Army private who gave reams of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The military judge has ordered what prosecutors say is an unprecedented closed hearing Wednesday to help her decide how much of Pfc. Bradley Manning's trial will be closed to protect national security, reports the Associate Press....
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Preakness officials have toughened security guidelines for the Triple Crown race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Backpacks and duffel bags will be prohibited from the infield for the first time. Only clear coolers will be allowed in the building or the infield, and the new policy also forbids laser lights and pointers. The Maryland Jockey Club installed the policy a...
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Utility regulators have set aside 10 days to hear a rate increase request from Pepco. The electricity supplier for the District and suburban Maryland wants to add $7 a month to the average residential bill. Pepco asked the commission late last year for a $7 monthly rate hike plus the imposition of a surcharge of about $1 a month starting in 2014. Pepco argues the utili...
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The Virginia Board of Health has given final approval to strict new regulations that abortion-rights supporters claim would force most of Virginia's 20 abortion clinics to close. After Friday's 11-2 vote, some opponents of the regulations shouted "shame" and "blood on your hands" as they left the room, according to the Associated Press. Earlier, the board heard from a...
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Abortion-rights supporters have delivered more than 3,600 public comments opposing Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations to the Virginia Board of Health. The General Assembly mandated the regulations, which would require all Virginia abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standar...
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Funeral services have been scheduled for a local Marine who was one of seven people killed Monday when a mortar shell exploded during a live-fire training exercise in Nevada. The body of 21-year-old Lance Cpl. William Taylor Wild IV will arrive at Dover Air Force Base today. Wild, who is from Anne Arundel, Md., joined the Marines in 2010 shortly after graduating from Severna ...
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The parents of a teenager who was fatally shot after he mistakenly entered a neighbor's home after a night of drinking say they forgive the shooter. Shawn and Jennea Gordley remembered their 16-year-old son Caleb on Tuesday as a lover of music and sports. Po...
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Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker wants more control over the county's schools, reports the Associated Press. Baker is seeking state legislation that would put him in charge of the superintendent's office and the school system's $1.7 billion budget while reducing the power of the Board of Education. The school system has had five superintendents in the pas...
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A 7-year-old girl is suffering life-threatening injuries and two other children are hurt, after a 15-year-old student driver struck them on a sidewalk in Ashburn, Va. Loudoun County authorities say the teenage driver, who has a learner's permit, was receiving a driving lesson from her dad around dinnertime last night when she mistakenly hit the gas and jumped a curb onto a ...
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Disgraced former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has been sentenced on two counts of misconduct in office. Leopold will spend 30 days behind bars and another 30 days under house arrest. Judge Dennis M. Sweeney, who found Leopold guilty in January, also fined him $1...
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has upheld its decision to deny a license for a French company to build a third nuclear reactor at Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, reports the Associated Press. The commission denied a petition of review filed by UniStar Nuclear Operating Services, LLC. In August, the NRC said it could not issue a license because the applicants are foreign-owned...
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The D.C. government has yet to offer organized across-the-board cyber-security training to its employees despite an internal recommendation last year that it improved such education. Cyber-attacks are on the rise and increasingly sophisticated. Local governments are seen as especially vulnerable because of personal and sensitive information they maintain. City offici...
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The Maryland Senate has passed a comprehensive gun-control measure. The Senate voted 28-19 Thursday in favor of the bill, according to the Associated Press. It includes a licensing requirement for handgun buyers to submit fingerprints to state police. The provision is intended to reduce the number of guns purchased by a friend or family member of someone who is not allowed to...
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Eight months after a Derecho storm ripped through the region, the Maryland Public Service Commission has ordered utility companies to improve the resiliency and reliability of their electric distribution infrastructure. The late June storm brought powerful straight-line winds to Maryland from the Midwest. It toppled trees and tree limbs, which in turn pulled down overhead powe...
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District of Columbia leaders are looking to the city's past as they search for someone to safeguard its fiscal future. Mayor Vincent Gray announced Tuesday that former mayor Anthony Williams and former U.S. Office of Management and Budget Director Alice Rivlin will lead a search committee that will recommend candidates for chief financial officer. Longtime CFO Natwar G...
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Wells Fargo says Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are the most vulnerable to looming and widespread federal budget cuts. The report examines states that would feel the most pain from $85 billion in cuts that are set to automatically start taking effect March 1 without a bipartisan deal. The analysis exposed the District, along with neighboring suburbs in n...
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A man from Maryland has pleaded guilty to being a key organizer of an identity theft and tax fraud scheme involving fraudulent tax returns of more than $20 million, reports the Associated Press. Kevin Brown, 42, of Capitol Heights, pleaded guilty in a scheme that began in 2006 and involved more than 100 people, many of whom were receiving public assistance, as well as bank tel...