With a degree in political science from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel Slade began her journalism career as the design editor at Boston magazine and moved up the masthead to executive editor. In October 2016, Yankee magazine ran her long-form narrative about the sinking of the container ship El Faro, a CRMA finalist for reporting, which led to the national bestselling book, Into the Raging Sea.

Her magazine work has earned considerable national recognition, including a national civic journalism award for an investigative story on the Boston Redevelopment Authority.

Her think-pieces on shipping and maritime safety include “Elaine Chao’s conflicts of interest could have major consequences”, "How Cheap Is Too Cheap?"  and "Duck Boats Had Trouble from the Start" (Sunday Boston Globe Ideas section).

Rachel splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Maine.