Olivia Lewis

Olivia Lewis is a reporter and editor for BridgeDetroit.  A former Gannett news reporter, she covered social justice and opportunity for the Battle Creek Enquirer before transitioning to the Indianapolis Star to cover Hamilton County. Her byline has appeared in the Houston Chronicle and the Daily Press in Newport News, Virginia, among other publications. Lewis joined the BridgeDetroit team following a stint in the charitable sector. You can reach her at 313-432-8320 or at olewis@bridgedetroit.com

Articles

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

Once a state hotspot, Detroit has one of the lowest rates of coronavirus in Michigan

October 6, 2020 | Olivia Lewis, Mike Wilkinson

Once a COVID hotspot, Detroit lost 1,300 people to the virus. The city and its residents fought back and say limited interactions, face masks and frequent hand-washing make the difference. Detroit now has one of the lowest rates in the state.

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

Amid racial reckoning, activists press Whitmer for environmental justice

August 31, 2020 | Kelly House, Olivia Lewis

A deepening debate in the nation on systemic racial inequities has inspired Michigan activities to seize this societal moment to achieve reforms for communities of color that too often bare the burden of pollution in their communities.

Seniors from metro Detroit are aging prematurely as young become caregivers

Seniors from metro Detroit are aging prematurely as young become caregivers

August 31, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

The third edition of a longstanding report shows Detroiters are more likely to die from chronic health conditions than other Michiganders. While Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has declared racism as a public health issue in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, experts say it will take a collective effort from every sector to see change.

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

Detroit schools will reopen in the fall even if the Legislature takes action

July 22, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

How to be an ally in Michigan protests against injustice, police brutality

How to be an ally in Michigan protests against injustice, police brutality

June 4, 2020 | Olivia Lewis

Organizers of Detroit protests and longtime activists give newcomers and well-meaning allies advice. Listen, participate in protests, and advocate for policy change, say local leaders.