Rachel Hirschheimer graduated from the University of Maryland in May 2020 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She grew up in Jericho, New York where her love for storytelling and reporting began at an early age.
Her journalism career started in high school, where she served as a reporting intern at the Anton Media Group for two summers. During her time at the University of Maryland, Rachel interned at SheKnows Media, NBC 4 Washington in the sports department, and NBC 4 New York in the investigative unit.
Rachel was also involved in sports reporting during her undergraduate studies. She served as the executive producer of the Left Bench, a student-run sports show, while also covering Capitol Hill and Annapolis for Maryland’s student-powered television station, Capital News Service.
Outside of the newsroom, you can find Rachel playing golf, tennis, having a catch, and cheering on the New York Islanders and New York Yankees.
Rachel is excited to make Charlottesville her new home and is looking forward to telling stories that make an impact in the community.
Researchers at the University of Virginia have been detecting the presence of the coronavirus through wastewater testing in dorms for months. Now, they’re looking to expand their efforts to people in high-risk categories.
Service members on the front lines put themselves at risk every day. Now researchers at the University of Virginia are trying to determine if exposure to artillery blasts put them at higher risk for changes in their brain and quality of life.
Nearly 200 University of Virginia students living in the Balz-Dobie Residence Hall are being told to stay in their rooms, stay away from other people, and keep a close eye on their own symptoms because some of them are coronavirus-positive.
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Many patients who recover from a critical illness in the ICU are not always fully recovered. That’s why doctors at the UVA Medical Center have created a clinic for COVID-19 patients who have been discharged.
Roughly three million adolescents seek mental health services from school, but with many schools transitioning to a virtual learning model, how can parents and teachers help spot signs of a student in need of help from home?
More than 70,000 children and young adults struggle to breathe every day from cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes a build up of mucus in the lungs. Researchers at the UVA School of Engineering are working towards a solution.
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