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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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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller is questioning whether lawmakers in Maryland will have the appetite for a gas tax increase, especially after they wrestle with taxes under consideration to balance the budget. Miller says it might be better to hold a special session later this year to take up new revenues for transportation to give gas prices a chance to drop. Cha...
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The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland is looking into allegations that an Anne Arundel County Executive requested police keep dossiers on his political opponents. The ACLU said today it's concerned that John Leopold's alleged actions might violate a 2009 law barring surveillance of that nature. Along with the ACLU, the director of Civil Rights for the Maryland Attorne...
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Two former District Department of the Environment employees have signaled they will plead guilty in a case involving taking bribes to overlook alleged environmental violations at a southwest Washington construction site. Gregory Scott and Joe Parrish were arrested in September. Prosecutors on Monday filed a legal document in their case called a criminal information, which typi...
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While it took almost 60 years for World War II veterans to get a monument in Washington, veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon be honored with a tribute on the National Mall. The group that built the Vietnam Memorial is planning to extend the education center there to include soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Their photos would be displayed alongside ...
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An executive order from the desk of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is prohibiting police officers from asking about a person's citizenship status. The order bars discrimination against immigrants, and bans the use of city funds to investigate or question people suspected of violating of federal immigration law unless required by the state or U.S. government. ...
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The Maryland Senate has voted unanimously to censure Sen. Ulysses Currie who failed to disclose being paid almost $250,000 by Shoppers Food Warehouse to represent the grocery chain before state agencies. The Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics made the recommendation. The panel determined Currie used his position on a powerful committee for his own private gain and for Sho...
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New numbers show one-way rates on the Dulles Toll Road could triple to $6.75 by 2018 to bring in the funds necessary to pay for extending Metrorail to Dulles. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority operates not only Dulles and National airports but also the toll road. It also oversees construction of Metro's Silver Line expansion.  The tolls are a major source of ...
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A House Republican supermajority has muscled two of the most restrictive anti-abortion bills to passage over passionate objections from Democrats, according to the Associated Press.  Del. Bob Marshall's House Bill 1 would effectively outlaw all Virginia abortions by declaring that the rights of persons apply from the moment sperm and egg unite. It passed Tuesday on a vote...
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Sulaimon Brown's trial on the traffic charge was supposed to be Monday in D.C. Superior Court, but it was rescheduled to March 7. Brown was arrested in September for driving with a suspended license. His Maryland license was suspended because of an unpaid parking ticket. His attorney has claimed Brown was treated unfairly because his license was suspended on July 4, when Mo...
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Tapping on your BlackBerry or iPhone while behind the wheel is going to cost you, if a bill overwhelmingly endorsed by a Virginia state Senate committee becomes law. On a 10-4 vote this morning, the Courts of Justice Committee approved legislation that makes texting or e-mailing while driving a primary offense in Virginia.It's already a secondary offense, meani...
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Exelon Corp. plans to make its new home Baltimore in a waterfront development if its $7.9 billion purchase of Constellation Energy Group, Inc. is approved, according to the Associated Press. The Chicago-based Exelon, which pledged to build a headquarters in the city as part its buyout of Baltimore-based Constellation, announced Wednesday that it had selected a property in the ...
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A Virginia lawmaker's push to get the governor to petition the fed to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug has failed. The resolution filed by Democratic Del. David Englin of Alexandria was tabled on a voice vote by the House Rules Committee. Englin has another resolution pending that would launch a study of the potential revenue impact of selling marijuana through s...
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A poll by The Washington Post has found that half of Maryland residents now support legalizing same-sex marriage. The poll, released Monday, found that 50 percent of residents favor same-sex marriage and 44 percent ...
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A federal jury in Baltimore finds a former deputy not liable in the stun-gun death of a 20-year-old Frederick man. The parents of 20-year-old Jarrel Gray sought $145 million for what they claim was an excessive use of force against their son. He died after former Frederick County Sheriff's Cpl. Rudy Torres shocked him twice with a stun gun in November 2007. Torres tes...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley says a measure to legalize gay marriage in Maryland brings more clarity to the issue of protecting religious freedom than a bill that fell short in the General Assembly last year. O'Malley, a Democrat, spoke about legislation he is supporting this year after breakfast this morning with same-sex marriage supporters at the governor's residence in Annapolis....
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The number of Maryland students who are homeless has more than doubled in the past five years, outpacing the increase in homeless children nationally. The Maryland State Department of Education, says the number of homeless students has grown from 6,721 to 14,117 in the last school year. The largest increases are occurring in suburban areas around cities. Anne Arundel, Howard a...
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A Virginia lawmaker wants to study the possibility of selling marijuana through state-run liquor stores. Democratic Del. David Englin of Alexandria has filed a joint resolution to look at the potential revenue impact for such a proposal, according to the Associated Press. Under the resolution, eight members of the General Assembly would study the feasibility and practical...
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Another person involved in a corruption case that led to the resignation of D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. has agreed to plead guilty to his role in the case, an outcome that had been expected. James Garvin was ...
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A Democratic legislator is proposing to increase Virginia's cigarette tax by 400 percent. The bill, sponsored by Del. Patrick Hope, would increase the per-pack tax on cigarettes from 30 cents to $1.45. It would increase the excise tax on other tobacco products from 10 percent of the wholesale price to 50 percent.  Hope says he would expect the tax to raise as much as $400...
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A man accused of helping to cover up theft of government money by former D.C. Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. is now facing charges. Prosecutors filed their case against Marshall Banks today. He was charged by criminal information, which generally signals a person's intent to plead guilty. The 2-page document says Banks received and redistributed grant funds to Thomas, who ...