Rachel Hartigan is a senior writer covering culture and history for National Geographic.
Her reporting focuses on how history echoes in the present. She was written about how women won the vote and why we aren’t further along; rare color photographs of the 1963 March on Washington; a photographer’s mission to document animal species before they disappear; unlocking Notre Dame’s secrets with lasers; Europe’s wild men; and virtual toads. She has traveled twice to the uninhabited Pacific island where Amelia Earhart may have died a castaway—once with human-remains sniffing dogs and once with Robert Ballard, the man who found the Titanic. She has interviewed Malala Yousafzai and Alicia Garza. She has witnessed young buffalo being released onto the prairie for the very first time.
She also edits the Through the Lens feature in National Geographic Magazine and previously wrote and edited for the front section of the magazine. For several years, Rachel edited the interview series Book Talk.
Before she joined National Geographic, she served as the editor of Book World at the Washington Post. She also has been director of publications at the National Communication Association, deputy editor of culture and education at U.S. News & World Report, and on staff at Teacher, Who Cares, Civilization and Harper's magazines. She graduated from Yale University.
She is currently working on a book about Amelia Earhart and the three main theories about her disappearance.