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.
Recent strong storms have resulted in more damage to homes and properties in central Virginia. The Albemarle Housing Improvement Program says it is getting more calls from both new and returning clients about roof damage.
One Chesapeake first responder with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the first firefighter to receive a service dog through Service Dogs of Virginia. He’s encouraging others to to seek help if they’re struggling.
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.
The decision to start Albemarle County Public Schools with a mix of in-class and online learning will impact families very differently, and some parents say they’re looking for alternative options for their children’s education.
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?
The Greene County Office of Emergency Services has hired an emergency medical services supervisor. Aaron Anderegg will lead the county’s new EMS team, overseeing about 15 employees and the day-to-day EMS operations of the agency.
On Monday afternoon, the Board of Supervisors passed a stricter phase three coronavirus safety ordinance with new rules and restrictions, including mask requirements and indoor capacity restrictions at eateries.
Throughout the pandemic, many restaurants have tried to figure out how to serve customers while keeping employees safe. Brazos Tacos, a popular taco spot in Charlottesville, made the decision to not open up for patio service.
As the school year approaches, many parents are wondering what is best for their children’s education with the coronavirus still in the air. One Albemarle County parent is strongly urging the school board to base their final decision on science and not fear.
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.