Rachel is a veteran journalist and seasoned communications professional whose bright mind and natural curiosity have landed her plum assignments, reporting awards and a multitude of friends and admirers. She joined our firm in 2011 after more than a decade as a top Atlanta journalist.
She was a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for three years, covering the rise and fall of the commercial real estate industry amidst the backdrop of the recession. Before that, Rachel covered the aviation and hospitality beats for the Atlanta Business Chronicle, where she won five national Capital Reporter and Editor awards, including first place for reports on business and airline legislation at the state Capitol. She began her journalism career at the Daily Report, rising from general assignment to groundbreaking legal coverage on the state Capitol. Prior experience includes two years as the Traffic Manager for the Latin American division of The Weather Channel and three years in legislative affairs for an Atlanta City Council member.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at San Diego, where she graduated summa cum laude. She later pursued a Masters in Communication from Georgia State University, a degree that was completely financed through scholarships and undergraduate teaching assignments. Today she serves on GSU’s Rialto Center for the Arts Advisory Board.
Rachel was reared in Marin County, Calif., but has a world view honed from cross-cultural immersion. She spent her junior year of High School with a host family in the Dominican Republic and her junior year of college in Paris at the prestigious Institute d’Etudes Politiques. She is conversationally fluent in Spanish, French and Portuguese.
A past president and board member of the Atlanta Press Club, Rachel has an intriguing list of interests and skills. She is a former competitive cyclist, a former salsa performer and a current runner who is known to borrow her neighbor’s dog for a sprint around Reynoldstown. She calls herself a living riddle because her blended family has rendered her an oldest, middle, youngest and only child, depending on how you look at it.