cropWelcome to my website!


I’m a TV reporter and anchor and lifelong Rochesterian. I grew up in the Maplewood neighborhood on beautiful Seneca Parkway and graduated from John Marshall High School and Cornell University.


I write about urban education, downtown, regional development, local and state politics, social media and technology. I believe strongly in the future of Rochester.


The Rochesterian launched in December 2011. Less than a year later, readers of City Newspaper, the area’s definitive annual poll, named it Best Blog.


Find me on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus.


Views expressed on The Rochesterian are my own.


Thank you for being here.


Rachel Barnhart

13 comments on this post.
  1. susan:


    Many good wishes for this wonderful website!

    Love you.

    Mom and Dad

  2. Jamie:

    Gotta love Mom and Dad leaving a good wishes message!

  3. Monica Guilian:

    Nice job Rachel. Love the name “The Rochesterian” you wear it well.

    If you need any help with graphics feel free to contact me I am a graphic designer.


  4. Rachel:

    Thanks so much!! It’s definitely a work in progress.

  5. Pete Tonery:

    Very nice website Rachel. Smart, informative and positive.
    Rochester is a great town, if we could all just bring ourselves to admit it! We need a bit less complaining in our public discourse (see rockville.com)and a little more public participation from our twenty/thirty somethings.
    Good, high-tech jobs are returning here, we have a strong agricultural base and are an important “college town.” Despite Kodak this is a recipe for urban success.
    Thanks for doing this.

  6. Derek:

    Enjoy your insight and knowledge re: a vast array of topics. Keep up the great work you do and kudos to staying with your hometown!

  7. Ray Sheley:

    Hi Rachel – Great blog! I gre up in maplewood and graduated from Marshall as well, what year? ’88 for me. Keep up the good work!

  8. Karl:

    Never knew you grew up here. Found your website from the City paper competition. Good luck!

  9. Michael:

    Hi Rachel,

    I just wanted to say good job with the website and the stories. I recently transferred to UAlbany, and I love to see what’s going on at home and the politics.

    Once again good job, great stories and keep up the good work.

    All the best,

  10. audrey:

    I love your site, Rachel! Never failing to be informative, I often look for your insight on “hot topics”! :)

  11. Rachel Barnhart:

    Thank you!

  12. Bruce Smith:

    Best blog I’ve ever read.

  13. Bruce Smith:

    So you’ve lived in Rochester all your life.I was wondering if your parents were also from Rochester.

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