Rachel Becker's background began in scientific research. Currently an environment reporter for CALmatters, where she covers climate change and California's environmental policies, Becker previously studied the links between the brain and the immune system before leaving the lab bench with her master's degree to become a journalist via the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing. For nearly three years, Becker was a staff science reporter at The Verge, where she wrote stories and hosted videos covering a range of beats including climate change, nicotine, and nuclear technology. Her byline has also appeared in NOVA Next, National Geographic News, Smithsonian, Slate, Nature, Nature Medicine, bioGraphic, and Hakai Magazine, as well as the PBS Digital Studios video series Gross Science and the YouTube show MinuteEarth.
Rachel is now an environment reporter for CALmatters, where she covers climate change and California's environmental policies.