Rachel J SternI’m a Berlin-based freelance journalist and editor focused on Germany, international affairs, and the environment.

My reporting has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, Slate, NPR Berlin, and Deutsche Welle, among other publications. 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, and most recently was a fellow 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.