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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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Maryland police say a man from Glen Burnie called a child support enforcement office and threatened to commit a "Batman-style" shooting in reference to last month's mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, reports the Associated Press. James Armstead, 37, was arrested Friday and charged with threatening to injure a state official and two counts of telephone misuse. ...
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Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that allows utilities to bill customers for lost revenue during the first 24 hours of a power outage. The Maryland Public Service Commission is revisiting the issue in the wake of complaints about utility performance following severe storms in late June. A hearing is scheduled for Sept. 24. Utilities had previously b...
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The Federal Aviation Administration says it is suspending a procedure at all U.S. airports that led to a near-collision of three jets last week near Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The FAA told the Associated Press that an ongoing investigation shows the mishap was caused by a miscommunication between air traffic controllers over reversing the flow of traffic to and...
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The Hollywood Casino in Perryville, Md., has notified state officials that it plans to return 400 to 500 slot machines to the state because of declining revenues. Bill Hayles, vice president and general manager of Hollywood Casino, sent a letter to state Sen. Nancy Jacobs to let her know the casino plans to return about one-third of its 1,500 machines. The state leases slot ma...
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The Maryland State Board of Education voted to eliminate zero tolerance policies and take a more rehabilitative approach to discipline."The idea is to keep students in school by making suspensions and expulsions a last resort," says Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of the board. "We know that no student comes to school perfect. They're not academically perfect and they're not...
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Bus systems in Maryland are getting an upgrade, thanks to funding that's part of a $787 million package to repair and modernize transit infrastructure nationwide. The Federal Transit Administration awarded Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA) a $1.5 million grant for its Regional Bus Stop...
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland says it wants police officers statewide to know citizens have the right to record their actions. The ACLU chapter is asking law enforcement agencies statewide for clear policies and training to ensure that officers know the public can record them as they conduct official business. The civil liberties group is representing...
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House Speaker Michael Busch says a meeting with Gov. Martin O'Malley and the Senate president resulted in "no conclusion'' on a consensus on whether to call lawmakers back to Annapolis to expand gambling in Maryland. Busch spoke very briefly to reporters after meeting with O'Malley and Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller on Tuesday morning for about an hour at the governor'...
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The Pentagon has approved $180 million in spending to widen U.S. 1 outside Fort Belvoir to help cope with increased traffic caused by the fort's growth. Belvoir's population increased significantly as a result of the most recent round of base closings and realignments. In addition, a new hospital on the base receives nearly 600,000 patients a year. Traffic outside the ...
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Virginia education officials are working on the commonwealth's two-year waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind school accountability requirements. In exchange for the waiver, the Associated Press reports that Virginia must implement accountability plans that set new targets for raising student achievement, advancing teacher effectiveness and improving the performance of ...
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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley says progress is being made toward reaching a consensus to hold a special session this summer to expand gambling. O'Malley met this morning with Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. The trio supports the expansion of Las Vegas-style table games at th...
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The Maryland state prosecutor says it's dropping a criminal investigation into Anne Arundel County Police Chief James Teare because he has decided to retire. State Prosecutor Emmet Davitt announced Teare's resignation effective Aug. 1. Davitt says it's important to resolve the matter without any further disruption to the police department. He also says the state prosecutor's o...
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Maryland's largest casino hasn't been open a month yet, but it generated more than twice as much as the state's other two casinos combined in the month of June. The Maryland Lottery released revenue numbers for the three casinos: Maryland Live, located next to Arundel Mills Mall, generated a total of $28.5 million in June, even though it only opened June 6....
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A Pentagon investigation says the former leader of the Virginia National Guard and his assistant misused government aircraft. The investigation shows the pair flew on Black Hawk helicopters at a cost of $5,000 per hour when they could have driven. The findings of the Defense Department's inspector general were released to The Virginian-Pilot newspaper this month,...
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 A judge has set a September sentencing date for Howard Broods, a former campaign aide to D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.   Brooks, who served as a campaign consultant to Gray and pleaded guilty last month to lying to the FBI about payments made ...
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 A judge in Virginia has upheld a jury's negligence verdict against the state from the 2007 mass killings at Virginia Tech, but in so doing, the judge sharply reduced damages awarded to two families. Franklin County Circuit Judge William Alexander II reduced the jury damages aw...
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Gary Giordano, the Gaithersburg, Md. man suspected in the presumed death of his traveling companion in Aruba, is seeking to collect on a travel insurance policy in the woman's name. In a lawsuit, Giordano says that AMEX Assurance Company owes him $3.5 million under a policy purchased before last summer's trip, according to the Associated Press. He says his companion, ...
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The U.S. Naval Academy class of 2016 is on track to have the largest female class in the academy's history. A total of 295 females have accepted appointments, according to Stephen Latta, the academy's dean of admissions.  Latta told the Naval Academy's Board of Visitors the last time the academy had a record number of female students was for the class ...
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The owner of an online prostitution ring has pleaded guilty to racketeering after he admitted he took in $1.8 million by employing more than 50 prostitutes who worked throughout metropolitan Washington, according to the Associated Press. Twenty-six-year-old Otasowie Asuen of Washington entered the guilty plea to a racketeering offense and conspiracy to launder money in federal...
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One of the largest employers in Fairfax County is leaving, as Irving, Tex.-based Exxon Mobil Corp. says it is transferring about 2,000 employees from Virginia to Houston. Exxon Mobil's Fairfax campus is a remnant from the days when Mobil Oil was headquartered in the county, before it merged with Exxon in 1999. Fairfax County Economic Development Authority President Ger...