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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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Va. Sen. Charles J. Colgan took his Senate oath for his 10th term today, making the 85-year-old Democrat the longest-serving state senator in Virginia history. Colgan, a Democrat from Prince William County, was elected during the term of President Gerald Ford in 1975. He has been a member of the budget-writing Finance Committee for most of that time and most recently was its c...
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As HBO considers making a movie about Marion Barry with Eddie Murphy in the title role, the real Barry is doing something that comes naturally: running for re-election in the nation's capital. The former four-term District of Columbia mayor who was busted for smoking crack cocaine 21 years ago now plays the role of elder statesman on the D.C. Council, where he represents Ward...
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Lawmakers in Maryland are bracing for a busy and challenging four months ahead. The General Assembly's session, which begins next week, will focus on continuing budget problems and the return of difficult and strongly-debated legislation that stalled last year. That includes the issue of same-sex marriage, which passed the Senate but fell short of support in the Hou...
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Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he'll cast a tie-breaking vote in the state Senate in the upcoming session except in certain circumstances. Bolling issued a memo outlining his interpretation of his voting powers based on the state constitution and previous legal opinions. The Republican will preside over the 40-member Senate that is evenly divided between political parties...
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In Baltimore, opening statements are underway in a federal lawsuit alleging that state policies that can be traced to segregation hurt Maryland's historically black state colleges and universities. The bench trial began this morning in U.S. District Court. A bench trial is a trial held before a judge sitting without a jury. It's expected to last six weeks.  T...
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Cigarette maker Altria Group is giving consumers a new place to read about and act on tobacco-related public policy issues. The Richmond-based owner of the nation's largest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, has launched a website called Citizens for Tobacco Rights. The new website has in...
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The funeral for Deriek Crouse, the police officer killed at Virginia Tech earlier this week, is scheduled for Dec. 12 in Blacksburg, Va. Officials identified 22-year-old Ross Ashley of Spotsylvania County as the gunman that shot Crouse following a traffic stop on Dec. 8. Ashley killed himself after shooting Crouse. Crouse was an Army veteran, and a trained firearms and...
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Virginia is launching a registry to allow state residents to file advance health directives on line, so medical providers can know their wishes. The Advance Health Care Directive Registry allows Virginians to store power of attorney, declaration of anatomical gift and other documents on line. That will let medical providers, emergency responders, family members, and loved o...
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Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a political aide to former Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich. Paul Schurick is accused of trying to suppress the black vote during last year's gubernatorial election. Schurick testified in his own defense in Baltimore Friday. He laid the genesis of the alleged plot at the feet of campaign consultant Julius Henson, who presented a black...
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A Baltimore judge is reviewing documents in a case against an aide to former Gov. Robert Ehrlich who's accused of using robocalls to suppress voter turnout in Maryland's 2010 governor's race. Attorneys on both sides did not object to having Circuit Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill preside over the case against Paul Schurick. Fletcher-Hill told the attorneys that he received one of...
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A physicians group looking for alternatives to animal experimentation is seeking to stop the University of Virginia School of Medicine from using live animals in their pediatrics residency programs. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. It's asking inspectors...
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A Montgomery County businessman says he's considering joining the race for the U.S. House seat held by Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Democrat John Delaney is a founder and chairman of CapitalSource Inc., a commercial lender based in Chevy Chase. Delaney says he's forming an exploratory committee to help him decide whether to seek the 6th District seat, according to the Asso...
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Virginia Commonwealth University says a school server that included personal data of more than 176,000 current and former faculty, staff, students and affiliates has been hacked. The university says it is notifying everyone who may have been affected. The breach was first discovered Oct. 24. Data included either a name or electronic identification, Social Security nu...
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley has ordered that the United States and state flags be flown at half-staff Thursday in memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan. O'Malley ordered the flags be lowered today from sunrise to sunset in memory of 41-year-old U.S. Army Lt. Col. David E. Cabrera, who was living in Olney. Cabrera died on Oct. 29 in Kabul when the vehicle he was ...
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Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie has walked out of federal court a free man after facing charges of federal bribery, but he could still face sanctions by an ethics panel for failing to disclose consulting work. Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller says the General Assembly's Joint...
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Occupy Wall Street is going on the road. The protesters are taking a two-week walk to Washington that they've dubbed "Occupy the Highway." A small group of activists left Manhattan's Zuccotti Park shortly after noon today. They hope to arrive in D.C. Nov. 23, the deadline for ...
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Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has one last hurdle before she can take office in her own right. The Democrat who assumed the post last year after her predecessor stepped down amid scandal, is favored to win Tuesday's general election in a city where Republicans make up just 10 percent of registered voters, according to the Associated Press. Rawlings-Blake'...
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It's not too early to think about Thanksgiving and the price of holiday travel, according to AAA Mid-Atlantic. The auto club says the price of gasoline is likely to be significantly higher than last year during the holidays. Triple A says the national average price of fuel is 58 cents higher than one year ago, and it forecasts a price of about $3.40 per gallon when Thanksgiv...
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Joseph Evans, an attorney for Sen. Ulysses Currie, told jurors in federal court Thursday morning too many people knew about his activities for it to be a case of bribery, according to the Associated Press. He says Currie even told an ethics officer for the Maryland General Assembly about a consulting deal with Shoppers Food Warehouse. Evans says lobbyists for two competing grocer...
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A brain-damaged man at the center of a dispute over whether his feeding tube should be removed has died, according to the Associated Press. An attorney for the wife of 55-year-old Daniel Sanger says she called him this morning to say her husband died overnight. The report says Sanger apparently died of complications from pneumonia and an infected bed sore. A judge in Frederick...