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Raquel Reichard is an award-winning writer, editor, producer and speaker.

With nearly 10 years of journalism experience, Raquel has centered her reporting on body politics and Latine culture. From Puerto Rico, she investigated Hurricane María's effect on abortion care, covered the plight of gender-based violence and shared the stories of women behind the 2019 summer protests that ousted former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló. In the contiguous U.S., she's won awards and praise for her reporting on the challenges Latines face to obtain reproductive health care in Central Florida, the school-to-deportation pipeline in Arizona, the political manipulation of Latine trauma in the state of Florida, and the growing incarceration rates of Latinas across the country. 

 

A leading voice in Latine media, she has interviewed local change-makers and global superstars, including Bad Bunny, Cardi B, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Dolores Huerta, to name a few. Currently, Raquel is the Deputy Director of Somos, Refinery29's channel by and for Latines. She has also been an editor at Latina magazine, Remezcla, mitú and Mic. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Teen Vogue, Bustle, MTV, HISTORY.com, Entrepreneur, Well+Good, Chopra, POPSUGAR, Bon Appétit, Fader, Vibe and more.

 

Currently, Raquel is contributing an essay on Puerto Rican visual art culture in Central Florida for a forthcoming anthology to be published by Duke University Press. She has two essays published in the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA and a comic in Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico.

She is also writing, producing and narrating an episode for La Brega, a podcast about Puerto Rico by WNYC and Futuro Studios, and is leading Escribe, Mi Gente, a mentorship program for emerging Puerto Rican cultural critics.  

 

When Raquel is not telling stories, she's cultivating communities online and IRL. She founded Borilando, an arts, culture and education nonprofit serving Puerto Ricans in Central Florida, and Herstoria, a history project about Latine and Latin American women and femmes. In person, she leads a monthly brunch for Latinas in media and technology in Central Florida and is also a mentor with the Latinas in Journalism Mentorship Program.

Raquel has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from the University of Central Florida and a master's degree from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where she concentrated on race, ethnicity and the news media. ​

 

A proud Nuyoflorican, Raquel was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, spent her early childhood in her parents' enchanting homeland of Puerto Rico and was raised in

Orlando, Fla.

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