Rachel Wise is an award-winning journalist with a passion for storytelling across multiple platforms. She’s currently an editor at McClatchy — overseeing training and project management for video and audio across 30 newsrooms — and an FAA-certified drone pilot. She’s a proud graduate of the Poynter Women’s Leadership Academy 2019 cohort.

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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Best Podcast of the Year, Sports Illustrated, “Carruth” (2018); McClatchy President’s Award (2018); 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)