Rachel Chang

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Lives In

Hoboken, New Jersey


  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Syracuse University

Rachel Chang is a travel and pop culture journalist who grew up in the California Bay Area and now lives in New York City (well, Hoboken, New Jersey). She's a solo travel advocate, dumpling addict, and reluctant runner — who managed to finish the NYC marathon three times. She's also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in Romania and Poland.


Rachel started her editorial career chasing celebrities as a magazine editor (Popstar associate editor, CosmoGirl entertainment editor, J-14 editor-in-chief, and US Weekly senior editor). Along the way, she also started chasing passport stamps and is now a freelance writer and editor contributing to Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, Lonely Planet, The Washington Post, New York Times for Kids, and Wall Street Journal's Buy Side, among others. She also edits standalone entertainment and travel magazines. Prior to this, she worked in television publicity at The WB Television Network and also interned at Nickelodeon and "Dawson's Creek."

  • 25+ years of media experience in television, magazines, and digital brands
  • 20+ years of editorial experience as a journalist, writer, and editor
  • TaiwaneseAmerican.org's 100 Passionate People Pioneer
  • 15+ years of experience as a judge for the Mirror Awards
  • Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications Professional Gallery Wall of Fame


Rachel received a bachelor's degree in communication studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master's degree in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She completed writing courses through UCLA Extension, Media Bistro, Gotham Writers Workshop, Yale Writers' Workshop, and the Highlights Foundation. She is also a founding executive board member of the alumni group Newhouse 44 and still serves as a member.

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