Rachel joined WUWM January 2016 as the station's first education reporter.
Thanks to her Midwestern upbringing, Morello has been able to strike up a conversation with people all over the country. She has lived and worked in Chicago, D.C., Miami and London, interviewing anyone from politicians on Capitol Hill to farmers in rural Indiana.
A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Morello most recently covered the education beat for StateImpact Indiana, a collaborative radio and television reporting project operated by public media stations throughout the Hoosier state. She traveled the state covering school-related issues, policies and trends from standardized testing to high school diplomas. Her work helped garner StateImpact its third national Edward R. Murrow award in 2015, for excellence in web-based journalism.
A lifelong cheesehead, Rachel likes to spend her weekends cheering on the Packers and Badgers. In her free time, she also enjoys reading, listening to podcasts ( Pop Culture Happy Houris her favorite), learning to knit & spending time with family and friends. She recently took up running, and plans to take advantage of Milwaukee’s lakefront to keep the streak alive.
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