A lifelong Pittsburgher, Rachel is a writer, photographer and city enthusiast. After briefly leaving Pittsburgh to study English, she returned to her beloved hometown to pursue her interest in Web site design and photography, utilizing both to establish her personal blog, thatnight.net
. Her site was nominated for the 2008 Bloggie Awards in the "Best Kept Secret" category at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, TX.
Rachel is heavily involved with the local new media scene and was a speaker at PodCamp Pittsburgh
, an annual "unconference" held at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. She studies creative writing at Chatham University of Pennsylvania, works as a writer with a local magazine and coaches lacrosse.