Rachel on beach


Rachel Levin is a San Francisco-based journalist who covers travel, food, and the occasional rock star; rabbi; crack addict-ex-con-ultramarathoner.

Her work has been published in the New Yorker,  the New York Times, Outside, Slate, Pacific Standard, Food & Wine, Modern Farmer, Lucky Peach, The Rumpus, Salon, AFAR, Travel + Leisure, San Francisco magazine, where she has been a staffer and restaurant critic, and Sunset, where she was a senior travel editor until the commute almost killed her.

As a contributing editor at OZY, she launched a section called True Story, which includes personal essays and as-told-to interviews with people from around the world. She has also contributed to Pop-Up Magazine, Marketplace, and KQED’s Forum, and her essays have been anthologized in Best Food Writing and Best Women’s Travel Writing.

Apart from a stint as an island reporter for the Martha’s Vineyard Times, Rachel has lived in Northern California since fleeing central New York’s snowbelt, where she graduated with honors from Colgate University with a degree in Philosophy. (Which prepared her for both everything and nothing.)

She is a member of the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, and lives with her family at the top of an absurdly steep hill.