Journalist covering Gen Z political culture and all things related to young voters in U.S. politics.
Hi! I’m Rachel, a journalist covering young Americans and our politics.
Fixated on the intersection of politics, journalism, and education, I’m currently
working on a few different initiatives geared at bringing more young Americans
into the civic and political fold.
Most recently, I started 'The Up and Up,' a newsletter focused on Gen Z’s political zeitgeist: how young Americans are organizing, mobilizing and participating in civic life and politics – or, how and why they’re not. I also freelance, with bylines in Teen Vogue, Glamour, Elle, Cosmopolitan and Bustle.
Previously, I was an associate writer on the CNN Politics team covering young voters, campaigns and breaking news. As the first writer for CNN Politics dedicated to the youth beat, I wrote about the first members of Gen Z to launch campaigns for Congress, how TikTok became a political battleground and the youth mental health crisis following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Before joining CNN in 2020, I started writing about youth political culture for Teen Vogue and MTV News. I've also written for SELF and Vice News.