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Rachel Rohr

Associate Producer, Here & Now, WBUR

Rachel produces the digital and social media content for NPR and WBUR’s Here & Now.

Ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, she won a fellowship from the WBUR iLab to spend a month driving cross-country in her 1991 Vanagon, talking with young Americans about the issues most important to them. Her “Alternate Routes” blog included daily interviews and hundreds of photos.

Before joining Here & Now in 2013, Rachel was Senior News Writer for WBUR, writing and reporting for local newscasts, and often filling in as senior producer of WBUR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition.

Prior to joining WBUR in 2010, Rachel helped launch a line of solar thermal devices at the startup Practical Solar, Inc. Previously, she was a reporter at the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard.

Rachel has also worked as a Vatican City tour guide and Roman pub crawl guide. In 2007, she moved on board a 27-foot sailboat, “Barbarella,” and embarked on a 3,000-mile, seven-month voyage. She continued to live aboard in Boston Harbor until December 2009.

Rachel has a degree in journalism and mass communication from New York University, where she was a staff writer for school’s daily paper, the Washington Square News. She credits her hometown paper, the Canton Citizen, for giving her her first newspaper job at age 17 and sparking her interest in journalism.

Rachel lives in Allston, where she enjoys refrigeration, hot running water and sleeping on a real mattress.

Recent stories

After Outcry, CVS Revokes Carding Policy For Nail Polish Remover

August 15, 2013
Consumers are now free to buy nail polish remover at CVS without being carded. (Photo: Rachel ROhr)

CVS Flips: In most states, the company says, it will no longer require customers to present an ID to purchase products containing acetone or iodine (chemicals used to make methamphetamine) including nail polish remover.

Yes, We’re Now Getting Carded For Nail Polish Remover

August 07, 2013
(Rachel Rohr/WBUR)

If you try to buy nail polish remover at CVS, you’ll find it’s now a controlled substance and you’ll be carded.

Mali Music Culture Defined By The Cellphone

February 25, 2013
A cellphone video is pictured in, Bamako, Mali, in 2012. (Christopher Kirkley)

Musicologist Christopher Kirkley went to West Africa with the plan of recording traditional guitar music. Instead, he found the Saharan soundscape full of tinny digital audio.

Brown, Warren Campaign With McCain, Cleland

October 20, 2012
Arizona Sen. John McCain campaigns on behalf of Sen. Scott Brown in Melrose on Saturday. (Rachel Rohr/WBUR)

Veterans’ issues took center stage Saturday at rallies for both U.S. Senate candidates in Massachusetts.

Unsafe Building In Chinatown Prompts Tenants’ Rights Campaign

April 23, 2012

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has launched a public information campaign aimed largely at immigrants who do not know their rights as tenants.

AutoZone Settles Religious Discrimination Suit With Winthrop Man

April 03, 2012

According to 24-year-old Frank Mahoney Burroughs, the problems started after he converted to Sikhism while working at an AutoZone in Everett in 2009.

Demand Doubles For Boston Library E-Books

October 31, 2011

Numbers provided by the library show the number of e-books it lends out each month has doubled, from 6,639 in February to 13,554 in September.

New, Safer Test For Down Syndrome Sparks Ethical Concerns

October 19, 2011

Some Boston-area doctors are concerned that a new prenatal test for Down syndrome will lead to a rise in abortions.

Court Overturns Child Abuse Conviction

October 06, 2011

The state Appeals Court has overturned the conviction of a Lowell woman who, along with her husband, had been found guilty of drugging, raping and beating their four sons.

Analysis: Mass. Economy Showing Signs Of Slowing Down

September 30, 2011

An analysis published in the journal MassBenchmarks says demand for products and services in the state’s high-tech sector is flattening.

Report: Fishing Revenue In The Northeast Going To Fewer Fisherman

September 22, 2011

A new federal report finds fishing revenue in the Northeast is being concentrated in the hands of fewer and fewer fishermen.

Slideshow: A Downtown NYC View Of The Attacks

September 05, 2011
I turned on my roommate's little TV and hopped in and out of the window, trying to watch the real thing and the TV at the same time. My view from the balcony was larger and clearer, but the TV might tell me what I was seeing.

WBUR’s Rachel Rohr was living 10 blocks from ground zero on Sept. 11. She retells the experience through photos she quickly captured.

Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Seeks Ruling On Land

July 12, 2011

The chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe testified before Congress Tuesday in favor of two bills that could make it easier for the tribe to get land for a future casino.

The Natural Gas And Fracking Controversy

June 10, 2011
So vast is the wealth of natural gas locked into dense rock deep beneath Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio that some geologists estimate it's enough to supply the entire East Coast for 50 years. (AP)

A natural gas boom is underway in America, but how safe is the extraction process known as fracking?

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