Gary Rivlin
  • Programs: The Investigative Fund

    Long-time journalist Gary Rivlin is an Investigative Fund Fellow at The Nation Institute. A former New York Times reporter, he is the author of five books, including Fire on the Prairie: Chicago's Harold Washington and the Politics of Race. That book prompted the late Studs Terkel to compare him to I.F. Stone and write, "Rivlin saw clearly what other journalists were blind to, and reported what they had non-reported." Rivlin's most recent book is Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business, which the New Yorker's James Surowiecki described as a "blistering new investigation of the subprime economy." Rivlin is currently writing a new book for Simon & Schuster about New Orleans post-Katrina, which he covered for seven months while on staff with the Times

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Featured Work
  • Money for Nothing
  • Confessions of a payday lender: "I felt like a modern-day gangster."

  • Google's Payday Loan Gamble
  • Over the years, the company's more profitable advertisers have been payday lenders.

  • Car Trouble
  • A subprime boom, insane interest rates, predatory lending, a private-equity frenzy. Sound familiar?

  • Black and Still Underwater After Katrina
  • One black-owned bank helped build the city’s African-American middle class — until the hurricane destroyed much more than their homes.

  • Katrina: After the Flood
  • Gary Rivlin traces New Orleans's efforts to rebuild itself, and the storm's lasting effects on the city's geography, infrastructure — and its psychic, racial, and social fabric.

  • The Long Shadow of Bad Credit
  • A bad credit score used to block your access to bank loans. Now it may keep you from getting a job, too.

Featured Video
  • NPR's Fresh Air, May 8, 2013
  • Gary Rivlin is interviewed on a Daily Beast video roundtable on the downfall of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, December 6, 2011
  • Gary Rivlin is interviewed on Democracy Now! about his book Broke, USA, July 9, 2010
  • Gary Rivlin is interviewed about payday lending on MSNBC's The Ed Show, July 1, 2010
Featured Audio
  • Gary Rivlin is interviewed on CounterSpin about economic hardship reporting, May 31, 2012
  • Gary Rivlin is interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air, Turning Poverty Into A Multibillion-Dollar Industry, June 7, 2010