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Raquel Reichard is an award-winning storyteller with an editorial objective to engage, educate and empower.

With nearly 10 years of journalism experience, Raquel has centered her reporting on body politics, Latinx culture, wellness and social struggles. From Puerto Rico, she has 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 has won awards and praise for her reporting on the challenges Latinas face to obtain reproductive health care in Central Florida, the school-to-deportation pipeline in Arizona and the growing incarceration rates of Latinas across the country.

 

A leading voice in Latinx media, she has interviewed local change-makers and global superstars, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Dolores Huerta, Rita Moreno, America Ferrera, Eva Longoria, Bad Bunny and Cardi B, to name a few. Currently, Raquel is the Deputy Director of Somos, Refinery29's cross-platform sub-brand for and by Latinx women. 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, Apartment Therapy, Kitchn and more.

 

Currently, Raquel is leading Escribe, Mi Gente, a mentorship program for emerging Puerto Rican cultural critics, and writing her first YA novel. She has two essays published in the anthology Latinas: Struggles & Protests in 21st Century USA and a comic in Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico.

With Raquel Writes, LLC, she also provides writing, editing and content marketing services to femtech brands and Latinx platforms. Current and past clients include Bloomi, a marketplace for non-toxic intimate care and sexual wellness products; Luz Collective, a digital outlet for Latinas; and Jevas Combativas, the only Spanish-language feminist radio show in the U.S. She has also worked as an instructor at California State University, teaching an accelerated course on social action writing. 

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 Latina 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 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, Fla.