Rachel Delia Benaim is living the #reporter life-- whatever that means. She currently works at weather.com where she serves as the associate travel editor, covers climate change and reports on breaking weather news.
Before working at Weather, Rachel served as the breaking news editor and writer at Haaretz, Israel's International New York Times partner publication. Her work on religion, gender, and society has been featured in The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Buzzfeed, among others. She's filed timely stories and features from the U.S., India, Austria, Gibraltar, Israel, Belize, and the United Nations.
Up until taking her current position at weather.com, @rdbenaim worked extensively as a freelance reporter covering things that interest her, including the intersection of religion and sexuality, interfaith issues, religion and conflict, and education. Her work on Judaism and sexuality has received international attention. In December 2014, The Jewish Week published a large investigative feature that Rachel had been reporting for five months about sexual abuse in religious study abroad programs in Israel.
While pursuing her M.S. degree at Columbia School of Journalism, Rachel specialized in investigative reporting, feature writing, audience and engagement, and traveled to Israel and Palestine to report for The Land. She also focused on Syria, having written her thesis about the plight of Syrian refugees in the United States, and launched a successful experiment called #AskSyria.
Born in South Florida, she enjoys chilling near water. She completed her undergraduate degree at New York's Yeshiva University with a double major in English Literature and Middle Eastern Studies. She's traveled throughout Europe, the United States, Central America, and East Asia, speaks Hebrew and Spanish, babbles in Arabic and Portuguese, and lives over the poverty line most months.