I have rummaged through strangers’ trash for proof of residency and interviewed at-risk children who were abused at residential treatment centers; I have spent evenings with Jim Cramer and written about CEOs who have lost millions in a day; I have chatted with aspiring actors who have covered themselves in fake blood for a few screams and extra dollars and learned that ghouls don’t get a second glance on the A train.
While my reporting background has no doubt been varied, it’s nonetheless been tied together by the love of research and a fast-paced newsroom.
The summer after graduating from Northwestern University’s Medill School in 2014, I finished my eight months as an investigative intern with Medill Watchdog and our partners at the Chicago Tribune. Our collaboratively-produced Harsh Treatment series was a 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist in investigative reporting.
My passion for investigative journalism led me to a fall research internship with the Wall Street Journal, where I assisted reporters with both breaking news and longer-term projects. I then learned all about digital storytelling as a branded content intern at Mashable before covering financial news at TheStreet and ultimately landing at the legal publication Law360.
Feel free to write to me at rachelagraf[at]gmail[dot]com.