Hi & kia orana. I'm Rachel. I'm a freelance journalist, author, editor, and copywriter based between the U.S. and the Cook Islands. I’m not currently taking on new projects but would love to hear from you about future opportunities; contact me here.
My passion is for narrative-driven journalism but I am comfortable in other forms of writing, too. I’ve worked as a reporter for newspapers, published in magazines around the world, and produced and edited content (advertorials, press releases, public service announcements, etc.) for businesses, non-profit organizations, academics, and government agencies. I’ve worked as a media advisor and speechwriter for both the U.S. and Cook Islands governments. I’ve also written eulogies, grant proposals, and stories about less serious things than these (like baths, a vampire hunter, and a man named Party).
I co-founded, and collaborate with some talented people to create, a publication in the Cook Islands that champions “traditional” resources and values as keys to healthier, more sustainable living. We’ve been variously funded by the UN’s Global Environment Facility, UNESCO, and the Cook Islands government. You can learn more about that project here.
I was also commissioned to write a book about Cyclone Martin, a storm that devastated a tiny, sea-level atoll 700 miles from the commercial world. You can learn more about Mātini: The Story of Cyclone Martin here.
I have a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis on the Pacific region from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I'm also a trained mentor with WriteGirl, a Los Angeles-based organization that champions the healing power of creative writing, and a volunteer teacher with the Honolulu-based Pacific Writers Connection.