Rachel Wise is an award-winning journalist with a passion for storytelling across multiple platforms. She’s currently video trainer and regional video editor at McClatchy. Rachel is also an FAA-certified drone pilot. She is part of the Video Lab team headquartered in Washington, D.C., but she is based in the Charlotte Observer newsroom.

Previously, Rachel worked at the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism where she was a member of the Convergence faculty. She taught video and audio storytelling, multimedia production and photojournalism to graduate and undergraduate students. She also edited and produced the RJI Futures Lab, a web video show that reported on innovation in journalism.

Originally from Central Florida, Rachel holds a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and a bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. She has more than 14 years of experience working in newsrooms. Previously Rachel has worked as a reporter, editor, photographer, web producer, copy editor and page designer.

In her free time, Rachel enjoys rescuing dogs, traveling, baking and being outside.

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SPJ Golden Press Card (2011, 2012, 2013); Best of Scripps (2012, 2013); EPPY (honorable mention 2012); APSE (2012); Sidney Award (2009); Harry Chapin WHY Award (finalist 2009); Native American Journalists Association (2009)