“Rachel wants a hit every time she is at bat, and she puts in the preparation to make that happen again and again.”

Stacey Woelfel, Jonathan B. Murray Center for Documentary Journalism Director and Former KOMU 8 News Director


From scrounging through dumps to capture video of real rats to documenting a dying man’s last wish to baptize his son: I push myself to extreme lengths to tell the best story possible.

I learned the power of storytelling through my role as a broadcast journalist, where I pitched my own ideas and brought them to life by shooting, writing and editing stories under tight deadlines for daily newscasts. For years, newsrooms in Missouri and Tennessee were my home away from home.

I returned home to Chicago in 2016 to pursue media relations, where I now work as a media specialist for a nonprofit research organization. Now, my day-to-day priority is catching the attention of top Chicago and statewide media to secure placements featuring Illinois Policy Institute’s research.

While much of the role involves writing and distributing press releases and developing relationships with media and influencers, I work hard behind the scenes to keep the communications team ahead of the news cycle: creating video content for social media, prepping experts for interviews and presentations, maintaining targeted media lists and editorial calendars, and also tracking and archiving earned media.  

Outside of the office, I’m an overenthusiastic dog mom who can’t refuse a beautiful hike on a sunny day – or a brunch invitation.

To connect, please visit me on LinkedIn.