With a degree in political science from Barnard College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, Rachel Slade pursues stories about politics, design, and technology. Rachel joined the Boston magazine editorial staff in 2007 and since has earned considerable national recognition for her work, including a civic journalism award in 2014 for an investigative story on the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
In October 2016, Yankee magazine ran her long-form narrative about the sinking of the container ship El Faro which led to the book, Into the Raging Sea. Her op-ed pieces on shipping and maritime safety include "How Cheap Is Too Cheap?" and "Duck Boats Had Trouble from the Start" (both in the Sunday Boston Globe Ideas section).
She recently wrote about an astounding new "mind-reading" device under development at MIT's Media Lab: "A New Device Can Hear Your Thoughts" (Medium); and a feature story about youth voters and the 2018 midterm elections: “The Most Powerful New Voting Bloc in America Doesn’t Vote” (Medium).
Rachel splits her time between Brookline, Massachusetts, and Rockport, Maine.
click here to listen to rachel discuss "into the raging sea" with pamela paul, editor of the new york times book review. (20 minutes)
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