Bachelor’s degree in Spanish language and literature, George Washington University; Master’s degree in communications, Stanford University.
Rachel joined CPR in 2013 with more than a decade of experience as a journalist, freelance writer and audio producer. Before coming to CPR, she was based in Stanford, CA where she served as a newscaster and board member for KZSU. While completing her Master’s degree in journalism, Rachel also worked as a reporter and radio editor for Peninsula Press.
Rachel got her start in journalism in 2000 as a columnist covering local sporting events in Dover, NH. After graduating from George Washington University, Rachel was hired as a volunteer for “The Diane Rehm Show” and was named WAMU’s volunteer of the year in 2008. While in Washington D.C., Rachel also served as international specialist for the Department of Justice before taking a position as an associate director in NPR’s development department. During her time at NPR, Rachel worked in institutional giving where she developed philanthropic partnerships and collaborated with journalists and editorial leaders to plan strategic fundraising approaches.
Throughout her career, Rachel has gained diverse experience in radio, film and digital journalism through various internships. Most recently, she conducted research for PBS’ Frontline as part of an internship with American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop. Rachel was also a social media intern for Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In” initiative to help professional women and created her own blog, “News Interface,” to examine what’s ahead for the news industry.
Q & A
In her own words...
Why I became a journalist:
Journalism was like a little bug inside my body – an itch that had to be scratched before I even really knew what journalism was. I’ve always loved interviewing people, hearing their stories and keeping up with what’s new—we have home videos of me in elementary school interviewing my family in front of our very old, clunky video recorder. I love to write—in fact, I think I express myself best in writing—and I love the idea of serving a local community with information and entertainment that really matters to their lives.
My first journalism experience was in high school in New Hampshire; I edited the school paper and wrote for the local paper on high school sports. But I come from a family of teachers, and knew that I wanted to cover more than sports, ultimately. As an adult, the more I learn about journalism the more important I think it is—particularly good, reasoned, fair, serious-but-engaging journalism at a time when that can be very hard to come by.
Why I got into radio:
I started to like radio a lot when I still lived in New Hampshire, where the public radio station is the state’s best news source. Radio offers such a perfect balance: It allows personalities to come through without restricting listeners’ imaginations with too many images—the perfect combination of intimacy and authority. I love how listeners feel connected to the hosts on public radio. It creates a strong sense of community without being sensationalist.
How I ended up at CPR:
Coming to CPR was a long journey for me, and I’m so happy it ended here. For someone with mountains and rivers in her genetic makeup, the attraction to Colorado is obvious, and I think my affection for public radio comes through in my previous answers. Most simply, after freelancing, volunteering and interning in public radio for many years at several different stations, I went to journalism school at Stanford and then landed here. It’s the only place I really wanted to work after school, and I’m lucky to be part of such an excellent team of journalists serving a community as interesting, dynamic and thoughtful as Colorado.