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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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Less than two-fifths of Virginia's fourth- and eighth-graders have a solid grasp of reading, and less than half have a solid grasp of math. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, called "the nation's report card," are considered the best gauge of public schools' student performance in core subjects. Even so, Virginia's scores in reading and mathematics remain higher ...
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A former fourth-grade teacher in Alexandria is sentenced to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography after admitting he victimized students around the globe, according to the Associated Press. Thirty-six-year-old Justin Coleman of Falls Church videotaped himself with two girls, who were unaware of what they were being told to do, engaging in sexually explicit conduct...
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Former District of Columbia mayoral candidate Sulaimon Brown has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving without a valid license, according to the Associated Press. Brown entered the plea this morning and requested to go to trial. Brown was arrested in September after being pulled ove...
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Eleven employees and contractors with the U.S. General Services Administration, which manages basic services and buildings for federal agencies, have been sentenced in a contracting bribery scheme, according to the Associated Press. The final defendant, a 25-year GSA veteran named Eric Minor, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison for taking $118,000 in kickbacks...
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A special election is underway in Prince George's County to replace a councilwoman who resigned after pleading guilty in a notorious corruption caseSixth District Councilwoman Leslie Johnson resigned over the summer after pleading guilty in a federal corruption probe that netted her husband, former County Executive Jack Johnson. Leslie Johnson was accused of trying...
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A 16-mile light rail proposal between Bethesda and New Carrollton now has the Fed's stamp of approval. Gov. Martin O'Malley (D-Md.) announced the Federal Transit Administration's thumbs up for the Purple Line to move into a preliminary engineering phase. Approval means the project moves to preparation of more detailed plans, cost estimates and environmental studies. After thos...
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Maryland's health secretary says academic institutions in the state are exploring the possibility of running a medical marijuana program, according to the Associated Press. Joshua Sharfstein says two or three institutions have expressed interest to him. The secretary spoke during a meeting of a workgroup that is putting together a medical marijuana plan to bring to lawmakers i...
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A former employee of the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue has been charged with stealing more than $400,000, according to AP. Mary Ayers-Zander is charged with wire fraud. Prosecutors say in court documents that from 2007 to 2011 Ayers-Zander accessed taxpayer accounts and entered fraudulent changes that resulted in credits. The vast majority of the refunds the individuals were...
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The Humane Society of Washington County, Maryland is not accepting dogs until further notice, after five puppies taken to the shelter tested positive for the potentially fatal parvovirus, according to the Associated Press. The five puppies were put down, along with four dogs at the shelter that caught the virus. The shelter is asking anyone who finds a dog to hold onto it and ...
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Virginia is offering tax credits to businesses that allow employees to work remotely. Legislation adopted this year provides up to $1,200 in credits per employee or up to $50,000 per company, for eligible telework expenses incurred during 2012 and 2013. The program has an overall cap of 1 million dollars. To be eligible, employers must apply with the Virginia Department o...
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In an unanimous vote, the nine-member Maryland Transportation Authority board decided to raise tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge from $2.50 to $4.00 and the Governor Harry Nice Bridge from $3.00 to $4.00. The tolls are slated to leap again to $6.00 in July 2013. Tolls on the Baltimore Key Bridge, Harbor Tunnel and Fort McHenry Tunnel will increase another dollar, then rise ...
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A man from Hagerstown, Md. has acknowledged he approved substandard concrete products used in construction projects on Interstate 70 and the Capital Beltway, according to the Associated Press. Santos Rivas was the quality-control director at Frederick Precast Concrete Inc. of Greencastle, Pa., when he signed off on the products which were used at the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, whi...
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Nonprofit groups in the mid-Atlantic region are challenging at least 35,000 donors to support their favorite regional charities in early November.Organizers announced the first "Give to the Max Day" for charities in the D.C., Maryland and Virginia. It will be held Nov. 9 with the goal of raising $3 million or more.Terri Lee Freeman, president of the Community...
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The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond ruled Thursday that the state of Virginia lacks the standing to sue against the Obama Administration's 2010 health reform law, according to NBC Washington.“Virginia, the sole plaintiff here,...
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Two detectives who interviewed a woman who claimed to have been attacked inside a Bethesda yoga clothing shop said they treated her as a victim and not as a suspect in the death of her co-worker, according to an AP report.Brittany Norwood is charged with killing co-worker Jayna Murray inside the Lululemon Athletica shop in March.Her lawyers are asking a Montgomery County...
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The National Park Service says engineers sealed cracks in the Washington Monument from last week's earthquake ahead of Hurricane Irene, but have discovered water inside that may indicate additional leaks.Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson tells The Associated Press there was standing water on stairwells toward the top of the monument Monday when workers went back into the s...
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A judge in Aruba is deciding whether there's enough evidence to keep a Gaithersburg, Md. businessman jailed in the presumed death of Robyn Gardern, a resident of Frederick, Md.In the police report filed by Aruban authorities investigating the disappearance of Robyn Gardner, witnesses said the prime suspect in her disappearance, Gary Giordano, had a cut on his throat and blood w...
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The American Red Cross says about 200 workers who staff blood drives in five states including Virginia and Maryland plan to go on strike on September 16.The Red Cross Greater Alleghenies Region told the Associated Press that a strike would "disrupt blood collections at a time when the need for blood is high and supplies are already tight."Tom Crawford, a spokesman for Lo...
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Two people are dead in southeast Virginia, as Hurricane Irene's high winds and heavy rain pound up the East Coast.An 11-year-old boy in Newport News was killed when he was pinned under a large tree that fel through his apartment building this morning. And in Brunswick County, a tree fell on a car in Brunswick County and killed someone inside the vehicle."Well, they just ...
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The Baltimore Sun is offering buyouts to some employees. Baltimore Sun Media Senior Vice President of Marketing Judy Berman said in a statement the company is bargaining with the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild over the terms of a voluntary buyout offer.This is the first voluntary buyout offer since 2008, says Berman.Guild Executive Director Cet Parks says the propo...