Raquel Reichard is an award-winning writer, editor and content creator and strategist living in Orlando, Fla.
Currently a freelance writer, she primarily covers culture, body politics and wellness through the lens of gender, race and ethnicity. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Refinery29, Teen Vogue, Bustle, MTV, Well+Good, Chopra, POPSUGAR, Bon Appétit, Kitchn, Apartment Therapy, Fader, Vibe, the Independent and more.
Prior to going freelance, she was the culture editor at Remezcla, the politics & culture editor at Latina magazine, an identities editor at mitú and an editorial assistant at Mic.
In addition to her editorial experience, Raquel has worked as a producer, digital creator and social media strategist. Even more, she contributed two essays to the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA and a comic to the anthology RICANstruction.
She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood's Excellence in Media Award for her reporting on the state of reproductive health care for Latinas in Central Florida and the Juvenile Law Center's Leadership Prize for her contribution to Teen Vogue's "Kids Incarcerated" series. Additionally, she has received several grants that have allowed her to report on abortion access in Puerto Rico, political violence in Florida and create mentorship programs for culture critics of color.
When Raquel is not writing 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 Puerto Ricans of Orlando, 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 race, ethnicity and the news media.
A proud Nuyoflorican, Raquel was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, spent her childhood in her parents' enchanting homeland of Puerto Rico and was raised in Orlando.