Rachel is a newscaster and reporter for Montana Public Radio, and a graduate of the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies Master’s Degree Program. Whether she’s covering wolf-rancher conflicts or tech company startups, she’s drawn to the power of sound — how it can transport a listener to a new place and convey emotion lacking in a transcribed quote. Prior to moving out West, Rachel focused on water issues connected to food and livelihoods as a fellow with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. She traveled with a team to develop a photo story on water sanitation in Bangladesh that was published by The Guardian. Rachel also organized a trip to Ethiopia to interview farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs to write a series of articles on high-tech/low-tech water solutions. She hopes that the Crossing the Divide project will foster understanding during a divisive time in America.