Rachel J SternI’m a Berlin-based journalist and editor of The Local Germany, which covers the country’s news and culture in English.

Previously, my reporting has appeared in publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, Deutsche Welle, USA Today and ZEIT Online, among others. I first moved to Berlin in 2012 as an Arthur F. Burns Fellow at Spiegel Online, where I reported on topics ranging from efforts to curb right-wing extremism to Berlin’s growing start-up tech scene. I returned the following year on a Fulbright Scholarship for journalists, followed by a fellowship at the European Journalism Observatory. An avid traveler, I’ve also reported on-the-ground stories in locations ranging from Guinea-Bissau to Gilroy in my native San Francisco Bay Area.

I hold a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, and a bachelor’s from the University of California, Santa Cruz.