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Rachel Alexander
Works at Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Attended Whitman College
Lived in Seattle, WA
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What's made invisible when we talk about the DREAM Act and immigration reform.
Friday's immigration announcement by President Obama was a great moment in a lot of ways. Seeing the reactions to his announcement that the Department of Homeland Security is stopping the deportation ...
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So the aid center I'm working in for the next two weeks is run by a Catholic-Episcopalian coalition, and I'm the lone atheist volunteer. Some thoughts on trying to work for social change without God in the picture.
Out here on the border, social change and spirituality seem to be closely linked. Almost all of the migrant aid centers on both sides of the line are organized by churches, and while the group I'm...
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So I'm doing my thesis research over the next few weeks on the U.S.-Mexico border (or Arizona-Sonora, more accurately). If you want to follow a long and don't know a lot about border history and politics, start here!
I'm going to be writing a lot about the border in the next month as I work with No More Deaths and delve into my thesis research. I want to make this blog as accessible as possible for people, so ...
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After two days on the bus, I can safely say that Greyhound is an awesome and totally underrated way to travel.
I spent the past two days travelling on the Greyhound, from Walla Walla, Washington to Tucson, Arizona. When I told my friends that I was planning to travel to Arizona by bus, a lot of them gave me a ...
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Some thoughts on the importance of telling good stories.
Campus is relatively deserted now, and watching all my senior friends walk across the stage at graduation has gotten me thinking about what I've learned here at Whitman over the past semester. Thi...
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RANT: Rachel is angry about stuff.
1) The absurd number of feminists, and people in general, who refuse to consider transwomen to be women. The fact that the Michigan Womyn's Festival STILL has a "womyn born womyn" only e...
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Want to know why Trayvon's killer remains unpunished and Arizona has a ridiculous anti-immigration law? Other than racism, the answer lies in a shadowy underground group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Okay, that might be an exaggeration. But not a big one. ALEC is a place for industry and special interest groups to come together with legislators and draft model legislation. Corporations pay large s...
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I was super excited about President Obama's decision to stop deporting undocumented students. And then I read the comments on the New York Times article. And then I just kind of had to write this in response.
So this morning, President Obama announced that undocumented students who would be covered under the DREAM Act will no longer be deported. This policy applies to people who are under 30, arrived in th...
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In which I attend a binational concert on both sides of the US-Mexico border wall, and get a reminder in the importance of finding the beauty in broken places.
When Terry Tempest Williams came out with her book Finding Beauty in a Broken World a few years ago, I was pretty sure she'd made it just for me. For as long as I can remember, that title has more...
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Sex positivity: it's not just about good sex, y'all.
Occasionally, I run into people who ask me why I feel compelled to talk publicly about sex all the time. (Often, these people are my older relatives.) Partly, it's that I'm a very open person....
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Behind the scenes--building a border wall at Whitman College, in an act of political art.
My alarm on Monday went off at 3:40 a.m. After a cursory attempt to get dressed and put my contacts in, I walked out the door fifteen minutes later with a mug of green tea. My heart was racing as I wa...
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Reflecting on the journalism I've done so far and where I want to take things in the next year or so.
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Occupation
Reporter and Web Editor
Skills
writing, editing, communication, social media content, HTML/CSS, journalism, reporting
Employment
  • Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
    Reporter and Assistant Web Editor, 2012 - present
    I cover Columbia and Garfield counties (plus a few towns in Walla Walla and Umatilla counties) and help run our website and social media accounts.
  • Safeway Inc.
    Checker, 2009 - 2011
  • Whitman College Pioneer
    Editor-in-Chief, 2009 - 2013
    Managed weekly college newspaper, including advertising, subscriptions, web, production and editorial staff. Previously worked as a news editor and news reporter.
  • Whitman Climbing Wall
    Climbing Instructor, 2010 - 2011
Places
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Previously
Seattle, WA - Walla Walla, WA - Koforidua, Ghana - Quito, Ecuador
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Story
Tagline
Small-town digital journalist & aspiring all-around nerd.
Introduction
I'm a reporter and web editor at the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, where I cover Columbia and Garfield counties and help run our website and social media accounts. In my free time, I skate for the Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls. You can follow my small-town journalism adventures on my blog.

I'm also a professional book hoarder (mostly nonfiction). Someday, my living room will be an open neighborhood public library, but until then, you can check out my books here.
Bragging rights
started my own country in 5th grade, completed the Sporcle "Countries of the World" quiz twice
Education
  • Whitman College
    Politics-Environmental Studies, 2009 - 2013
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Gender
Female