On May 20, 1999, Burke was on the telephone with bank robber Ty Conn, an escapee from the Kingston Penitentiary (one of Canada's most secure prisons) when he shot himself as the police were attempting his re-arrest. She co-authored Who Killed Ty Conn (2001) with Linden MacIntyre.
She won a Canadian Association of Journalists award in 2000 for her work on "His Word Against History", a fifth estate production about the life of Steven Truscott, a Canadian man who was convicted of murder in 1959.
Burke has a child with writer Rick Salutin.
- Andrew Bruce (September 1, 2000). "First television report in March stirred up a lot of reaction; 5th Estate plans show to check in with Truscott". Guelph Mercury.
- Andrew Bruce (March 30, 2000). "Anonymity has become a 'kind of prison' for city man convicted of murder at age 14; Truscott reclaims life". Guelph Mercury.
- A Difficult Story to Tell, CBC, The Fifth Estate. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
- Linden MacIntyre and Theresa Burke (October 29, 2000). "Dying for a chance at freedom". The Ottawa Citizen.
- David Stonehouse (October 29, 2000). "A fugitive's last taste of freedom: According to a new book, a series of institutional failures contributed to the death of Ty Conn, the convict who captured the public's imagination by escaping from Canada's most notorious prison". The Ottawa Citizen.
- "SOCIETY'S CHILD – TRUE CRIME". Toronto Star. February 25, 2001.