Raquel Reichard is an award-winning journalist and editor living in Orlando, Fla.
Currently a freelance writer, her reporting on Latinx politics, culture, identity, health and music has been published in The New York Times, Teen Vogue, Refinery29, MTV, the Fader, Vibe, Remezcla, Bustle, POPSUGAR, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Mic, Latina magazine, mitú and more. In 2019, she won a grant to report on reproductive health care and abortion access in Puerto Rico post-Hurricane María. A year prior, she earned a Leadership Award from the Juvenile Law Center for her contribution to Teen Vogue's "Kids Incarcerated" series, and in 2016, she picked up an Excellence in Media Award from Planned Parenthood for her reporting on the state of reproductive health care for Latinas in Central Florida. In 2018, Raquel also had two essays, one on rape culture and the other on state violence against Latinas, appear in the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA edited by Iris Morales, while her comic "Resistance," about the fight and efforts of Puerto Ricans after Hurricane María, was featured in the anthology RICANSTRUCTION produced by Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez.
Prior to going freelance, she was the culture editor at Remezcla, an editor at mitú -- where she helped create its women-focused vertical Fierce -- the politics & culture editor at Latina magazine, an editorial assistant at Mic and the social media manager at Everyday Feminism.
Along with writing, she has also helped produce segments for MSNBC's Krystal Clear and episodes for Mic's award-winning Flip the Script. Additionally, Raquel has designed charts and graphics for multiple books published by ABC-CLIO and appeared on HuffPost Live, BBC and Vox's Divided States of Women.
In her former life as a social media strategist, Raquel hosted nationally trending Twitter chats, spearheaded multiple social media campaigns and trained teams on how to best write engaging social media copy and use social media tools. Under her leadership, Raquel helped several news outlets and feminist organizations increase followers by the thousands. She has provided social media services for MSNBC, Vox's Liz Plank, Everyday Feminism, Stop Street Harassment and more.
With years of experience and insight in journalism and digital media, Raquel currently also helps freelancers and side hustlers succeed as content creators and media producers, even as the industry's future becomes increasingly uncertain, through one-on-one consultations.
When Raquel is not producing journalism or helping others forge their own paths in media, she is creating community among Puerto Ricans in Orlando through social media and live events with Borilando, an outlet she founded in 2019, and Borisquad, a youth-led collective sparking action, education, culture and solidarity among Puerto Ricans in Central Florida.
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 studied the intersection of Latinidad and new media. Her research interests include: platform-specific journalism, the construction of Latinxs in journalism's new media landscape, the Puerto Rican diaspora in Orlando, and the Latina body as a site of state violence and oppression.
A proud Nuyoflorican, Raquel was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, spent her childhood in her parents' beautiful homeland of Puerto Rico and was raised in Orlando.