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Publisher and CEO of the Forward, Feddersen has been an innovator in digital media since the earliest days of Silicon Alley. She is passionate about creating and supporting the most engaging media properties, and exploring new ways of reaching readers, wherever they may be. She has worked with audiences of many millions, as Chief Content Officer of Patch, with its 900 sites across the country; Digital GM at MentalFloss.com and TheWeek.com, thought-leading brands for millennials and global citizens; and editor-in-chief of Parenting.com.
Rachel has won awards from the MPA, Webby Awards, MIN and most recently, Stevie Awards. She was named a Content Strategist of the Year by MIN; was inducted into MIN’s Digital Hall of Fame; and was a guest at President Obama’s White House Summit on Digital Women.
Rachel has made regular appearances as an expert on the TODAY show and Good Morning America, as well as NPR and PBS. She serves as a member of the March of Dimes National Media Advisory Committee. She has an English degree from Amherst College and a masters degree from NYU’s Tisch Interactive Telecommunications Program. She studied Hebrew and Yiddish (along with French, Italian, German, and Spanish), and lived in Israel for a year.
Since her arrival at the Forward in 2016, Rachel has been leading the Jewish news organization during an increasingly complex time for traditional journalism, spearheading a fully digital transformation as the Forward celebrates 122 years of existence. Her digital growth strategy allows the Forward to break news, produce in-depth features and first-rate cultural coverage, and reach millions of readers each month.