Bio

Rachael Johnson is a former journalist who has had a varied background in media, law and communications. As a journalist, Rachael aspired to tell stories about underrepresented groups and explore untold truths in history.

Rachael began her media career in Denver, Colorado after graduating from Hampton University with a degree in mass media arts. She was a writer/producer for the Starz network. At Starz, she wrote and produced one of the first original programs for Starz called Looking for Stars, produced short-form segments for Starz and Starz inBlack, and covered film junkets, on camera, for Starz inBlack.

After Starz, Rachael continued her journalism career by covering city council meetings in Los Angeles, but her interest in exploring creative writing began after working as an assistant for a motion picture literary agent at an agency in Los Angeles.

As a journalist, Rachael has covered Capitol Hill for Roll Call, general assignments in New York City for NY1, and was a reporter/editor for the online publication Indian Country Today (i.e. Oneida Nation and NFL discuss name change debate, Texas’s Underground, Speakeasy Land of Gambling). She has also worked as a theater critic for the Washington City Paper (i.e. Straight White Men, American Daughter, for colored girls who considered suicide, and others) in Washington, D.C., and written for NBC, and Quartz.

Rachael’s experiences as a writer extend to the communications and public relations field. She was a speechwriter and communications advisor in the Obama Administration to the former U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell. And a writer at the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Rachael has also presented short plays of her work at theaters in Washington, D.C., including the FRESHH Inc Theater Company (now defunct), Theater Alliance’s Hot House and the Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center. Her TV writing has earned her a Second Round placement (top 20 percent out of more than 14, 000 applicants) at the 2021 Austin Film Festival, recognition from Roadmap Writers through its BIPOC Initiative, as well as placing second in the Independent Filmmaker Pitchfest.

Rachael is a graduate of Hampton University, the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Currently, she works at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and litigates for the First Amendment rights of journalists.

Rachael is based in Denver, Colo. and lives with her fiance, Joe, and rescue pup, Philly.