In a lightning talk at the Georges Conference at Harvard’s Nieman Foundation, I detailed how the Huntington News reported a sensitive story involving a lawsuit and an alleged sexual assault. / Screenshot via Nieman Foundation

I’m Rowan Walrath, and I love local and long-form journalism.

I started dabbling in journalism when I was 10 years old, reporting on and dressing up as Nellie Bly for a fifth-grade project. (My younger brother later did the same project, but on Billy the Kid — our parents hope it’s not a premonition.)

These days, I’m a Ben Bagdikian online editorial fellow in Mother Jones‘ San Francisco office, building a national science and tech beat.

I also have a strong background in community reporting, including breaking news, feature writing, and environmental coverage. A former Bostonian, I have bylines in the Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, the Dorchester Reporter, WGBH News, Storybench, and the Huntington News.

Alongside writing and editing, I do multimedia stuff — web design, the occasional video, and journalism-focused hackathons.

My underlying interests lie in education and community. For me, journalism is kind of an in-the-moment research opportunity. Saying “I’m Rowan, a reporter with XYZ Publication” is a great way to gather information from people.

Everything I’ve ever published is available on this website. Check out Top Clips for the pieces I’m most proud of; I’ll further categorize my other clips soon.

Contact me if you want to connect.



Site header photo taken by Jacqueline Ali Cordoba. It depicts Rowan Walrath standing against a boulder at Muir Beach in California.

Headshot by Scornavacca Photography.