Rebecca Burns

Cycle 3 Fellow


Rebecca Burns is a freelance investigative journalist based in Chicago. Her coverage of labor, housing and higher education has appeared in Al Jazeera America, Truthout, Jacobin and other outlets. She also serves as the assistant editor of In These Times, a nonprofit magazine dedicated to advancing economic and social justice. For the past two years, Rebecca’s reporting has examined the ongoing impact of the foreclosure crisis and the intersections of housing and criminal justice. A 2014 collaborative investigation with Social Justice News Nexus Fellows Michael Donley and Carmilla Manzanet shed light on Wall Street-owned rental housing in Chicago and other hard-hit cities, where firms like the Blackstone Group have profited from a cheap supply of foreclosed homes and an affordable housing-crunch. Rebecca also won a 2015 I.F. Stone Award from the Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute to support an investigation of the “rent-backed securities” now being sold by new Wall-Street landlords. Rebecca holds a B.A. from Indiana University and an M.A. in Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked as a policy researcher focused on land and housing rights.

Follow Rebecca Burns on Twitter @rejburns.