Rebeca Ibarra

Rebeca Ibarra is associate producer for the newsroom. Follow her @RebeIbarraC

Rebeca is a Mexico City native who lives in Brooklyn and works on the New Jersey desk. She joined the newsroom in 2016 and wears 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:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Care Center Under Scrutiny After 10th Child Dies from Viral Outbreak

Thursday, November 15, 2018

The Wanaque Center offers long term care to the state's sickest and most frail children. Ten have died from adenovirus, casting doubt on how it's run and regulated. 

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Democrats Gain Ground in New York and New Jersey Congressional Seats

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

New Jersey Democratic House candidates Mikie Sherrill and Tom Malinowksi flipped their districts, Democrat Max Rose flipped Staten Island, and Sen. Bob Menendez won a third term.

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Bob Hugin Is Not a Trump Republican, Says Bob Hugin

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

The Republican challenger to Senator Bob Menendez is running on a pro gay rights, pro choice agenda — distancing himself from President Trump.

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NJ Senate Candidates Face Off in Only Debate

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Senator Bob Menendez cast Republican rival Bob Hugin as President Donald Trump's closest Senate ally-in the-making, but the former drug company exec said he's "no Trump Republican." 

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Low Turnout a Problem for Menendez, But Trump Should Help

Monday, October 22, 2018

The Democratic senator has a re-election problem. But one expert says his opponent "is stuck to Donald Trump like a stamp to a love letter.” 

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In NJ Senate Race, a Lopsided Campaign Ad Battle

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Bob Hugin trails Senator Menendez by about 10 points, but political operatives say the former pharmaceutical exec is ahead in the ad campaign battle. 

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Menendez Race Tightens, but He Still Finds Love in Union City

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Polls out this week show a very tight race between Senator Bob Menendez and Republican opponent Bob Hugin — thought not with women and people of color.

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After Years of Battle, Minimum Wage Hike Coming for Airport Workers

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Port Authority board approved a measure that will raise the minimum wage for workers to $19 an hour by 2023.

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Menendez Challenger Has Baggage as Well

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Bob Hugin, the Republican running to unseat New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, often touts his record as a pharmaceutical executive. But the move could backfire on the campaign trail.

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Watch Out, New Jersey Voters, Mail-In Ballot Rules Have Changed

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Jersey residents who voted by mail in the 2016 elections and want to vote in person this year might want to call their local county clerk's office.

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Mayor Baraka: To Fix New Jersey's Troubled Affordable Housing, Look to Newark

Monday, September 10, 2018

The mayor says a troubled affordable housing complex is making a comeback, thanks to public and private subsidies.

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