Rachel Carlton covers the Harris County Commissioners Court in Houston for Community Impact Newspaper, which delivers hyperlocal news. Before joining Community Impact, Carlton was a freelance journalist based in Houston, and a contributor to the “City Cast Houston” podcast. A standout in the 2020 Big Scribble competition, Carlton graduated from Rice University with bachelor’s degrees in cognitive sciences and linguistics. Her first taste of journalism came as a junior at Rice, where she co-authored an opinion piece for the student paper, the Rice Thresher, on the experience of sexual assault survivors. Carlton later joined the paper’s staff and provided key COVID-19 coverage.
Community Impact Newspaper, a hyperlocal paper started in 2005, has grown to 35 monthly papers in the Austin, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Nashville metros.This news organization delivers its free papers to 2.7 million mailboxes monthly, and offers free daily digital to support communities.
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