Rachel S. Cohen (née Karas)


American University – Washington, D.C.

B.A., Journalism; International Studies – Middle East/Global Security
Cum Laude
3.67 GPA
August 2009 – May 2013

University of Haifa – Haifa, Israel

Non-degree; study abroad
Journalism/Middle East Studies
September 2011 – January 2012

Relevant Experience

Inside the Air Force – Arlington, Virginia
Managing Editor — September 2018-present
Associate Editor — September 2016-September 2018

  • Write daily stories on U.S. Air Force and defense industry research, development, acquisition and operations
  • Chronicle technical- and operational-level program details of ISR aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft, nuclear weapons, helicopters, missiles, computer systems, etc.
  • Track legislative and regulatory changes that affect Air Force procurement and operations
  • Edit at least 10 articles a week, often final copy editing
  • Publish stories from congressional hearings, press briefings, conferences on a quick turnaround

Inside Health Policy – Arlington, Virginia
Associate Editor
December 2014-September 2016

  • Wrote daily stories on Affordable Care Act implementation that closely follow policymaking at HHS, Treasury, Congress, etc., as well as U.S. Supreme Court cases and health industry players
  • Chronicled and state exchange enrollment, budgets, and responses to technology and policy failures
  • Compiled “In the States” policy section of weekly Health Exchange Alert issue
  • Edited at least 15 articles a week, often final copy editing
  • Published stories from Hill hearings, policy briefings on a quick turnaround
  • Built close ties with top health officials nationwide

The Frederick News-Post – Frederick, Maryland
First, second place in education reporting – 2014 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Awards
Education Reporter
May 2013-December 2014

  • Established consistent coverage of county PreK-12 system, three colleges, private schools, Board of Education; other topics as assigned – approx. 30 articles per month
  • Led newsroom coverage of county graduations, back-to-school season
  • Created searchable databases and spreadsheets from school records
  • Wrote breaking news/on short night deadlines during meetings, general and primary elections, cops shifts, etc.
  • Shot, processed photos
  • Engaged local education, business, political communities and area families on Twitter, Facebook

The Washington Post – Washington, D.C.
Local Intern
January 2012-May 2013

  • Researched, reported and wrote general assignment news/feature articles, published in print and online
  • Multiple bylines and contributions on A1 and B1
  • Packaged photos, videos and graphics for use with articles
  • Coordinated Web publishing for American University student-contributed articles on neighborhood life
  • Frequent contributions to The Buzz, Crime Scene, other news blogs
  • Liveblog producer for 2013 Presidential Inauguration
  • Reported from the field/on short night deadlines during 2012 general and primary elections, Hurricane Sandy, space shuttle Discovery landing

The Eagle – Washington, D.C.
National Winner, Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (Medium)
2012 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award

Senior Staff Writer; Copy Editor; Administration and Local News Editor; Assistant Web Editor
September 2009-May 2013

  • Researched, reported, wrote and edited news articles, published in print and online
  • Copy edited full 16 to 24-page issues on deadline each week
  • Assisted section editors with news and feature editing
  • Led coverage of two university scandals
  • Managed five news assistants and several contributing writers per issue
  • Helped new reporters improve interview and article-writing skills
  • Published online content and updated social media

The Durango Herald  Durango, Colorado
Washington Correspondent
May-August 2012

  • Beat reporter for Colorado’s congressional delegation, White House and federal agencies
  • Researched, reported and wrote 11 news articles on energy, environment, Native American affairs, etc.
  • Attended congressional hearings, committee meetings and floor sessions
  • Multiple bylines on A1

Agence France-Presse – Washington, D.C.
Multimedia Desk Intern
May 2011 – August 2012

  • Proofread and published wire articles on breaking national and international news online using a content management system
  • Edited and packaged photos, videos and graphics for use with newswire articles
  • Reported and wrote one original news article with photos
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Office Assistant
August 2010 – May 2011
  • Collected data about citizen/community journalism
  • Wrote reports on J-Lab’s grant-receiving projects
  • Assisted web editor with website creation and management
  • Helped organize/run 2010 Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism

ABC12/WJRT-TV – Flint, Michigan
Newsroom Intern
May – August 2010

  • Researched and wrote scripts for nightly newscasts
  • Created 2-minute “World Watch” segment each week
  • Edited audio and video for VO/SOTs and packages
  • Assisted reporters and photographers with field work

Brookings Institution – Washington, D.C.
Communications Office Assistant
September – December 2009

  • Managed guest lists, check-in procedures, food and question-and-answer sessions at events
  • Wrote event descriptions and compiled guest bios
  • Helped create the 2010 “Guide to Brookings Experts”
  • Served as liaison between scholars, news organizations and other officials
  • Organized photo database and press releases for website

AU Center for Israel Studies – Washington, D.C.
Program Assistant
August 2009 – May 2010

  • Developed programs and conferences on Israeli and Arab culture, politics
  • Managed event logistics, guest list, scholar travel
  • Helped track budget and contract processes
  • Designed promotional/informational event materials
  • Edited director publications, yearly “Yediaut” newsletter
  • Emailed listserv messages on new course offerings, program updates



  • Adobe InDesign, Dreamweaver, Photoshop
  • NewsEditPro 6
  • Methode
  • NewsEdit
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Audacity
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • PC and Mac
  • Social media: Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Instagram, Storify, WordPress, Blogger, etc.
  • Audio/video recording
  • LexisNexis


  • AP Style
  • Beginning Spanish
  • Beginning Arabic
  • Beginning Hebrew
  • Office equipment


  • First, second place in education reporting – 2014 Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Editorial Awards
  • 10th Place, 2014 Hearst Journalism Awards for Enterprise Reporting
  • National Finalist, 2012 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting
  • Winner, 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of Washington, D.C., Inc. Scholarship
  • Winner, 2012 American News Women’s Club Scholarship
  • Speaker, “Controversial Reporting: Covering Crises and Scandals in the Digital Age” – College Media Association Spring 2013 National College Media Convention – New York City