Current Location: New York City, NY
Hometown: Chicago, IL
UIS Degree: M.A. 1983 (Public Affairs Reporting)
Columnist with the New York Observer, Freelance Journalist and writer
Burleigh is the author of five books, including the New York Times bestseller “The Fatal Gift of Beauty, The Trials of Amanda Knox”. She has covered local and national politics and law, crime, women’s issues and pop culture. She has traveled widely. Her articles have appeared in Time, People, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, The New York Observer and many other publications. She was inducted into UIS’ Bill Miller Public Affairs Reporting Hall of Fame in 2013.
Memories of SSU/UIS
“I loved listening the sound of the trains passing through. I will always treasure the Carl Sandburg lonesome prairie paired with entertaining statehouse corruption and horse trading.”
How did UIS change or prepare you?
Upon graduation from MacMurray College, a professor suggested Burleigh further her education in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at then, Sangamon State University. Through the program, she became an intern with the Associated Press. “There was this immersion in how government and politics really worked. There were so many things I learned about how bureaucracies work, how to find documents, how to talk to people, how to understand that there are two sides to every story and never to assume anything.”
“I love my kids and my kindle! I enjoy bicycling the back roads of upstate New York, and I’ve become a pretty passable Italian peasant cook.”
Posted on November 6, 2014