Austin Berg

Austin Berg is the Director of Content Strategy for the Illinois Policy Institute. He works to tell the stories of Illinoisans who are affected by public policy through writing, photography and video.

He and his work have been featured in the Economist, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, ABC 7 Chicago and WTTW. He is the winner of two Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club for his photojournalism work.

Austin is the co-author of “The New Chicago Way: Lessons from Other Big Cities,” published in 2019 by Southern Illinois University Press. He is also the writer of the 2016 documentary film, “Madigan: Power. Privilege. Politics.

He is a graduate of Tufts University.

Recent blog posts by this author

Student, 13, Charged With Felony for Recording a Conversation With His Principal

Paul Boron is 13 years old. And he’s facing a felony eavesdropping charge that could change the course of the rest of his life. His story stands as another chapter of controversy surrounding an eavesdropping law some experts have...

Illinois Sees Record Loss of People and Income, IRS Data Shows

The Land of Lincoln is experiencing heavy losses of people and income to other states, new IRS data reveal. Illinois lost more than 86,000 people and $4.75 billion in adjusted gross income to other states from 2015-2016. Illinois’ problem with...