Martha Bayne

Martha Bayne is a Chicago-based freelance journalist and associate editor of the Social Justice News Nexus program at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism. Her work has been published in the Baffler, Belt Magazine, Chicago Reader, the Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Tribune, Eater and with San Juan's Centro de Periodismo Investigativo, among other regional and national outlets. 

A person wearing a pink cap sits at a table near three large, black, plastic rats.

‘Colonialism is scary as hell’: Puerto Rican activists in Chicago stage a haunted house


The spooky, interactive experience uses archival audio and video, as well as original art, to trace different periods in the history of Puerto Rico, from the 16th-century Spanish colonization through the United States takeover in 1898 and, finally, Hurricane Maria.

Protesters gather with colorful signs

Puerto Rico’s new land-use zoning map strikes a nerve with fed-up citizens

Puerto Ricans wait to get cash out of an ATM in San Juan ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian on Aug. 28, 2019.

In Puerto Rico, Hurricane Dorian’s tropical winds blow up fear and frustration among residents

A man is shown walking between two houses with a chain link fence on his left and a manicured stone wall on his right.

Puerto Rico’s Vieques island ousted the US Navy. Now the fight’s against Airbnb.