About Rachael

 

Rachael has a passion for maps, science fiction, nerdy day trips and great journalism. Born in Houston, raised in New Jersey and educated in Michigan, Rachael faces life and its inherent mysteries with Texas grit, East Coast class and old-fashioned Midwestern work ethic. Called to storytelling and compulsive tree-climbing at a young age, Rachael pursued a career in journalism to appease her wanderlust and document earthen wonders along the way. Now she’s a West Texas drifter who supports herself through her words and tries to stay one step ahead of the law.

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Education

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 2009-2011

East Lansing, Michigan
Master’s Degree: Journalism, Emphasis: Health, Science and Environmental Reporting
Activities: GreatLakesEcho.org, EJ Magazine, EJ Television, Environmental Journalism Association

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY 2005-2009

Huntsville, Texas
Bachelor of Arts, Major: Mass Communication, Minor: Geography
Honors and Activities: The Houstonian, Student Environmental Organization, President’s Climate Commitment Committee

KATY HIGH SCHOOL 2001-2005

Katy, Texas
High School Diploma
Honors and Activities: The Paw Print, National Honor Society, Girl Scouts of America

Click here for a list of relevant coursework:

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY:

Journalism

Investigative Environmental Reporting
Environmental Video Production
Health and Science Writing
Reporting on International Security, Risk and Natural Disasters
Advanced Environmental Writing
Computer-Assisted Reporting
Journalism Internship in Nicaragua
Seminar in Press, Society and the Democratic Process
Health, Science and Environmental Controversies

Geography and Science
Geospatial Technology
Environmental Toxicology and Society

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY:

Journalism
Mass Communication and Society
Writing for Mass Media
News Reporting
Advanced Reporting
Mass Media Law and Ethics
Online Journalism
Changing Roles of Mass Media
Global Media Communication
Scriptwriting
Dan Rather Advanced Seminar with former CNN anchor Kelli Arena

Geography and Science
Geologic Hazards and Resources & Lab
Environmental Science & Lab
Weather and Climate & Lab
Geography of North America, Africa, Europe, Asia and South America
Cultural Geography
Conservation of Natural Resources
Cultural Anthropology
Environmental History
Geospatial Technology
Geography Field Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Experience & Skills

THE MIDLAND REPORTER-TELEGRAM

Local, daily newspaper of Midland, Texas
Copy Editor & Page Designer | June 2012 — June 2013, General Assignments Reporter | June 2013 — Present
• Edited general news, energy and sports stories; paginated various sections

• Report on business, trend and enterprise stories during the week. Cover breaking news on the weekends.


THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Largest daily newspaper in Texas
Freelance Reporter | August 2011 — Present, Business News Intern | May 2008 — August 2008
• Wrote online and print news and feature stories for the 12 neighborhood sections
• Wrote business news stories and shot footage for online videos

 

KNIGHT CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL JOURNALISM

Nonprofit newsroom based at Michigan State University
Graduate Assistant | August 2009-August 2011
Worked on the following projects and publications:

Great Lakes Echo

Reporter for environmental news website of Great Lakes region
• Wrote environmental news, feature and investigative stories
• Created multimedia such as maps and videos; formatted stories for publication


EJ Television

Associate producer of ‘Bad Company.’ a documentary examining regional invasive species
• Set up interviews, conduct interviews and update documentary website


EJ Magazine

Editor of student-produced environmental magazine
•  Assigned and edited stories; managed designers, reporters and editors
•  Created new magazine website


The Road to Pearl Lagoon

Producer of film project examining globalization along Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast
• Traveled to Nicaragua in July 2010; created print stories and a website


THE HUNTSVILLE ITEM

Local, daily newspaper of Huntsville, Texas
Freelance Reporter | June 2007 — May 2009
• Wrote breaking news, feature and business stories; covered Texas executions
•  Created and edited artwork for publication; paginated weekend editions and updated the website

 

 

THE HOUSTONIAN

Biweekly publication of Sam Houston State University
Editor-in-Chief | Spring 2008, Production Manager | 2008-2009, Various Positions | since 2006
• Managed staff of 10 reporters, photographers and editors, assigned and edited stories and paginated front and campus page


Skills

  • Reporting
  • Computer-assisted reporting
  • Data analysis
  • Substantive editing
  • Photography
  • Design
  • Web multimedia
  • Social media
  • Online content marketing
  • Film production

Proficiencies

  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • QuarkXPress
  • Adobe Final Cut Pro
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Access
  • Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS)
  • Google Analytics
  • WordPress

 

 

Awards & Affiliations

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2011

Mark of Excellence National Finalist for Best Student Magazine
(Mark of Excellence 1st place Best Student Magazine in Region 4)

EJ Magazine, Spring 2011



SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2011

Mark of Excellence Regional Finalist for Non-Fiction Magazine Article
(Mark of Excellence 2nd place Non-Fiction Magazine Article in Region 4)

“Road to Pearl Lagoon”


KNIGHT-BATTEN AWARDS FOR INNOVATIONS IN JOURNALISM 2011

Notable Entry



MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 2011

Rachel Carson Graduate Student of the Year in Environmental Journalism (2011)


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2010

Mark of Excellence National Finalist for Online Opinion and Commentary
(Mark of Excellence 1st place Online Opinion and Commentary in Region 4)

“Great Lakes SmackDown!”


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2009

Mark of Excellence National Finalist for Online In-Depth Reporting
(Mark of Excellence 1st place Online In-Depth Reporting in Region 4)

“Cleaning Coal”

 


TEXAS INTERCOLLEGIATE PRESS ASSOCIATION 2009

3rd place Headline Writing


TEXAS INTERCOLLEGIATE PRESS ASSOCIATION 2008

1st place News Story

“Premium for Pennies”


2nd place Newspaper Op/Ed Design

3rd place Page One Design

3rd place Print News writing (on-site competition)

Honorable Mention Ad Design


TEXAS INTERCOLLEGIATE PRESS ASSOCIATION 2007

1st place Breaking News Story

2nd place News Feature Story

2nd place Feature Story

3rd place News Story


SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS 2006

Mark of Excellence 2nd place Breaking News Reporting (The Houstonian Staff) in Region 8

“SHSU student slain”



HOUSTON PRESS CLUB 2006

2nd place Houstonian Staff in Student News, Feature or Sports story

“SHSU student slain”


SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY 2007 & 2008

Student of the Year in Journalism (2007 and 2008).

Affiliations

Clips > Print news

THE MIDLAND REPORTER-TELEGRAM

BUSINESS

SEASONAL STRUGGLE Midland business is booming, but stores need extra help | December 2013

Midlanders get jump on Black Friday deals | November 2013

Older workers search for place in Midland’s booming economy | June 2013

FIRST JOBS: Midlanders reflect on teenage rites of passage | July 2013

— Column: Our first jobs provide glimpse into who we are | July 2013

 

TRENDS

Top Midland news story of 2013: Deaths on the roads inside Midland County hit 43 | December 2013

— DISTRACTED DRIVERS: Tow truck driver highlights roadway tragedy | December 2013

— FM 1788 among county’s deadliest roads | January 2014

— Recent fatal victims not wearing seat belts  | January 2014

Contracting crimes reveal dark side to booming housing, construction sector | August 2013

Commuter prefers West Texas over East Coast rush | July 2013

Debris creates eyesore, hazard on local roadways | September 2013

Overpass damage highlights Midland’s concern | September 2013

NWS: Grassroots network plays important role in weather reporting | July 2013

City cracks down on vehicle code violations | June 2013

Ride of Silence to honor fallen bicyclists | May 2013

 

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

XCOR, space flight inches closer to the Tall City | December 2013

– TINKERERS FOR HIRE Midlander crafts instrument panel for XCOR’s spaceplane | December 2013

 

ENVIRONMENT & WEATHER

LEFT BEHIND Spill sparks concern for South Midland resident | February 2014

Region water sources still stressed | January 2014

Possible rattlesnake gassing ban spurs dialog | January 2014

Christmas trees, fire wood moving fast in Midland | December 2013

BROKEN BRANCHES Arctic ice storm leads to damaged trees, fallen limbs | December 2013

– Baby ejected in 1 of 100-plus wrecks during second ice storm | December 2013

Drought takes toll on Midland trees | March 2014

Master Gardeners offer tips for growing winter vegetables | November 2013

 

HEALTH

Obamacare takes effect: Health reform takes shape in West Texas | October 2013

Better Business Bureau warns of ‘Obamacare’ scams | September 2013

‘Obamacare’ seminar urges Midland employers to act now | September 2013

Anti-abortion group marks closure of Planned Parenthood | September 2013

Planned Parenthood to shut down San Angelo health center | September 2013

Alternatives to local Planned Parenthood center ready for challenge | August 2013

Midland health officials confirm 11 local cases of ‘whooping cough’ | September 2013

Texas confirms second West Nile case | August 2013

 

FEATURES

Show of Support founder, president: ‘Thank you for giving us the opportunity to finish what we started’ | November 2013

– Patriot Guard Riders hold vigil to remember train wreck victims | November 2013

– Community members, leaders reflect on Nov. 15 train tragedy | November 2013

PACKED WITH LOVE: Group holds annual event for troops serving abroad | December 2013

DISABILITY RIGHTS: Agency seeks public comments on local needs, priorities | January 2014

Honor Flight stresses urgency in sending WWII vets to DC | January 2014

– Local Honor Flight chapter seeks to send WWII veterans to DC | January 2014

Operators take to the waves during international event | August 2013

Tournament raises money for Patrick Wayland Memorial Scholarship Fund | October 2013

Midlander’s Facebook page highlights community concerns | September 2013

Midland ladies reflect on 40 years of sharing the lap lanes | September 2013

Midlanders share thoughts on community’s changing race relations | August 2013

Department’s second female firefighter working hard to fit in | July 2013

It’s a Texas thing: A visual story of KD’s Backyard BBQ featuring Ray Wylie Hubbard on Saturday in Midland | August 2013

 

LOCALIZING STATE & NATIONAL STORIES

Sen. Ted Cruz at Midland voter registration event: The US needs to get back on track | September 2013

Updated: Voting rights decision surprises local leaders | July 2013

Midlanders weigh in on Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings | July 2013

Texas Cottage Food law eases restrictions on home food producers | September 2013

 

IN DEPTH & EXPLANATORY

Homeless population in Midland takes different shape | December 2013

Texas child abuse cases put reporting in spotlight | January 2014

— Editorial: Funding for children’s safety a must | January 2014

 

BEAT REPORTING

COMMEMORATIVE AIR FORCE RELOCATION | The Commemorative Air Force announced in May 2013 the decision to relocate its headquarters from Midland and establish a new national air base in a larger Texas metropolitan area. See how state representatives, city officials and community members reacted to the news.


High Sky Wing members see opportunity in possible relocation | October 2013

50th annual CAF AirSho to fill West Texas skies | October 2013

City, CAF strike a deal for hotel/motel funds | September 2013

CAF, city close to reaching deal | September 2013

Residents, organizations speak out on CAF | September 2013

Prominent Midland family withdraws support for CAF | September 2013

City Council could limit AirSho funding if CAF relocates headquarters | September 2013

CAF updates list of locations for new headquarters | September 2013

B-29’s return sparks another round in debate between Craddick, CAF | August 2013

Updated: CAF releases potential locations for new headquarters, national air base | July 2013

Craddick: CAF needs to ‘stick’ to deal | July 2013

More from The Midland Reporter-Telegram

 THE HOUSTON CHRONICLE

Lake Conroe is full again, but for how long? | April 2012

Lake Houston is full again, but for how long? | April 2012

Trash Bash series | March 2012

Greens Bayou coalition seeks trails, parks, nature areas | March 15, 2012

Catahoula Aquifer may be key to water needs in area | February 2012

eBooks eliminate library fines, losses | November 2011

Scouts adapt to camps without bonfires | November 2011

Panama Canal project may affect local roadways | November 2011

Pearland teens reflect on lessons from night spent in a box | November 2011

Pumpkin patches feel the pain of a dry summer | October 2011

Drought could bring fish boom to Lake Conroe | October 2011

Drought takes a toll on livestock in county | September 2011

Drought takes a toll on Katy trees | September 2011

A bright future for LEDs | August 2008 | PDF

Moneymakers | July 2008 | PDF

Taxiing toward his second retirement | June 2008 | PDF

Gas prices forcing shift in vehicle-buying habits | May 2008 | A1 PDF

More from The Houston Chronicle

 

THE HUNTSVILLE ITEM

Dallas man executed for rape, murder | April 2009

City proceeds with recycling program | March 2009

Huntsville stores report rise in holiday sales | December 2008

Huntsville residents injured in accident | October 2009

More from The Huntsville It

Clips > Online news

GREAT LAKES ECHO

ONLINE NEWS

Asian carp push Great Lakes invasion through Minnesota | August  2011

Poisoning Michigan: Author revisits PBB crisis |  June  2010

Great Lakes states hand out cash for clunker appliances | February 2010

Litter crackdown: states battle trash left by ice anglers | February  2010

Drought causes lake level drops in Minnesota, Wisconsin | November 2009

U.S/Canadian examine inconsistent water quality measuring | October 2009

Study: Winter road salt pollutes Great Lakes streams | September 2009

Tree rings record Lake Erie water levels, could predict future | September 2009
 

ONLINE IN-DEPTH & EXPLANATORY

GREAT LAKES COMPACT | In 2008, Great Lakes state governors agreed to prevent large-scale water diversions and employ conservation measures. See how states measure up to policy requirements halfway through implementation.

Latest battle for Lake Erie tests agreement to protect Great Lakes | July 2011

Ohio lawmakers approve Great Lakes region’s weakest water rules | June 2011

Great Lakes diversions: Does Illinois catch a break? | June 2011

New York approves Great Lakes water rules; Wisconsin up next | June 2011


BEACH CONFLICT With more than 10,000 miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes have the most freshwater access in the world — at least, in theory. There are growing conflicts over who can do what where roads meet the water.

Are beaches public where roads end? | August 2011

Public docks spark conflicts where roads end at water | August 2011

Abandoning access: Townships hand over legal rights to road-ends | August 2010


WATER WAGES | Many Great Lakes city utilities are setting water rate structures that discourage consumption and encourage conservation. But these rates can be bad for business if set poorly.

Survey shows Great Lakes trend of water rates that encourage conservation | June 2010

Conservation rates: Bad for business? | June 2010


CLEANING COAL | Burning coal is dirty business. Coal-fired power plants install scrubbers to clean air emissions. But sometimes that means the pollution goes into the water instead of the air. Click here for the entire project.

Cleaning up air could harm quality of water | December 2011
 

ONLINE BLOGS & FEATURES

Echo catches up with a quick-witted Asian carp | August 2011

See emerald ash borers in action; states still battling the bug | July  2011

Can you pronounce Great Lakes cities better than a Texan? | February 2011

Great Lakes SmackDown! | October-November 2010

What’s on your Great Lakes bucket list? | October 2010

Researchers use planes, lasers to survey Lake Superior | August 2010

People with Midwest ties make Time’s influential 100 |  May 2010

Michigan officials: Latin name of state tree too sexy for plate | June 2010

Cool maps of deformed lakes | March 2010

Clips > Multimedia

WEBSITE DESIGN

ejtelevision.org

 

 

 

 

 

ejmagazine.com

 

 

 

 

 

roadtopearllagoon.com

 

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PUBLICATION DESIGN

Open publication - Free publishing - More design

 

VIDEO

DOCUMENTARIES

PBS Stations in Great Lakes Region, May 24, 2011 at 8 p.m. Bad Company (one hour)

 

Contact

EMAIL

rachaelkaygleason@gmail.com

CELL

(832) 715-8419

 

 

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