Hilary Burns is a reporter covering higher education. She is interested in how colleges and universities in New England are adapting to demographic changes, and closely following how the culture wars are playing out on elite campuses. Before joining the Boston Globe in 2022, she authored a national newsletter focused on the business of colleges and universities for The Business Journals. Her work covering the impact of Yale University's nonprofit status on the local community won a national SABEW award for explanatory journalism in 2021. Prior to that, Burns was a business reporter covering the banking industry for American Banker and the Charlotte Business Journal. In Charlotte, she also covered a rogue venture capitalist taking advantage of burgeoning tech entrepreneurs. She is from Barnstable, Mass., and currently lives with her husband, daughter and rescue dog on the South Shore. Burns is a graduate of Wake Forest University where she was editor of the student newspaper.