Rebeca Ibarra

Producer, WNYC Studios

Rebeca Ibarra is producer for WNYC Studios. Follow her @RebeIbarraC

Rebeca is a Mexico City native and producer for WNYC Studios. She joined the newsroom in 2016 and has worn many hats — reporting on everything from Penn Station's design flaws to the development boom in downtown Newark, and producing segments that range from New York City’s vanishing storefronts to the rising tides threatening the Jersey Shore. (And of course, there’s been the occasional cat story.) You’ve probably also heard her give the afternoon newscast, where she’s been complimented on how she rolls her Rs.


Rebeca Ibarra appears in the following:

Many Local Residents Seeing Smaller Refunds this Tax Season, But it's Complicated

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

This year marks the first filing season since the Republican tax overhaul went into effect.

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Feds Investigate Allegations of Violence and Corruption in Paterson's Police Department

Friday, April 05, 2019

Reports of police violence and corruption have brought focused the feds' attention on the police department in New Jersey's third largest city.


Newark Mourns and Celebrates Ken Gibson, City's First Black Mayor

Thursday, April 04, 2019

He rode a wave of black activism that followed the 1967 unrest.

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Culture of Sexism and Retaliation Alleged at Rowan University Athletics

Thursday, March 28, 2019

A recent investigation takes a deep look at allegations of gender bias and bullying at Rowan University's athletic department. 


New Jersey Advances Bill Allowing Terminally Ill Patients Right to Die

Monday, March 25, 2019

Medically assisted suicide could soon be an option for terminally ill residents of New Jersey after the state legislature voted in favor of a bill legalizing the practice.

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New Jersey Bans Cashless Stores

Monday, March 18, 2019

Gov. Phil Murphy signed a bill Monday banning brick-and-mortar shops from not accepting cash payments.


Former Murphy Official Denies Rape Allegations but Offers Few Answers

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

A former aide in NJ Gov. Phil Murphy's administration accused of rape by a fellow state worker testified in front of lawmakers for the first time.

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Murphy Administration Hiring Practices Again Under Fire After Patronage Accusations at NJ Agency

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Many longtime employees were let go from their jobs at the Schools Development Authority and replaced by friends and family of the agency's governor-appointed CEO.

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Millionaire's Tax, Legalized Marijuana and No NJ Transit Fare Hikes in Gov Murphy's 2020 Budget

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Murphy used his annual budget address to renew calls for higher taxes on people who make more than $1 million a year and showcase more than $1 billion in savings.

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Newark Man Charged With Illegally Dumping Mounds of Waste Under City Highways

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The state removed more than three football fields worth of junk from a site by Newark Liberty Airport, which included asbestos, lead paint and medical waste. 


New Jersey Is Close to Having a State Microbe

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

The streptomyces griseus, used to make the world’s first antibiotic for tuberculosis, just needs the governor's signature to become the state's official microbe. 


NJ Public Schools to Teach LGBTQ History

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

New Jersey is only the second state in the country to require such a curriculum.

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Newark Crime Rates Continue to Drop, But It's as Much About Perception as Reality

Friday, January 04, 2019

Officials in Newark say overall crime is at its lowest level since the 1960’s. But Jersey's biggest city, crime is often as much about perception as reality.


After Losing Court Battle, New Jersey Advocates Continue to Fight PennEast Pipeline

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Landowners, environmental advocates and elected officials are pushing back against a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.


After Spike in Deaths, New Jersey Looks to Prevent Suicides in Jails

Thursday, December 13, 2018

The Department of Corrections is rolling out new initiatives, weeks after a WNYC investigation found an increasing number of deaths in custody and lack of state oversight.

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Report: NJ Police Seize Millions in Cash from Residents with Little Oversight

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Police face little oversight when the seizing assets of people suspected of committing crimes, according to a new report from the ACLU of New Jersey.


Newark Forms Commission to Fight Gentrification

Thursday, December 06, 2018

With development in Newark booming, the city is looking for ways to protect the working class and poor from displacement.

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LISTEN: Testimony of Woman Who Accused Gov. Phil Murphy Staffer of Rape

Tuesday, December 04, 2018

Katie Brennan testified Tuesday in Trenton before a committee charged with investigating how Murphy handled the complaints.


Gov. Phil Murphy Vows to Fix Jersey's Troubled Jail System

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A WNYC investigation found increasing rates of deaths in custody and a lack of oversight by the state.


Crime Rates Plunge in New Jersey, And Bail Reform Advocates Are Gloating

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A double digit drop in violent crime has given advocates leverage over naysayers who warned against ditching cash bail.  

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