Rachel RoodSupervising Producer “Sound of Ideas”
Expertise: Public affairs topics, community engagement
Education: Chagrin Falls High School
Rochester Institute of Technology - Bachelor of Fine Arts, film
American University - Master of Arts, broadcast journalism
Favorite spot in Northeast Ohio: Dance party on the Goodtime III
Rachel Rood is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.” She has been part of the team since 2015, where she is best known for creating the award-winning community engagement series, the “Sound of Ideas Community Tour.” The tour has traveled all across Northeast Ohio, from Ashtabula to Sandusky, even aboard the Goodtime III, covering topics including the future of NASA Glenn, immigration, politics and racial division. She also produced the One Small Step series in partnership with StoryCorps which asked Ohioans from different political backgrounds to talk to each other civilly in the heat of the 2020 election. Rachel came to Ideastream from National Public Radio, where she was a producer for the flagship afternoon program, “All Things Considered.” Rachel grew up in South Russell and now lives in University Heights. She is also an adjunct journalism professor at Baldwin Wallace University.
- 2020 12 Under 36 Award recognizing Jewish professionals influencing the future of Northeast Ohio through professional and personal achievements, Cleveland Jewish News
- 2019 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, Best Producer - Radio - “The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Opioid Crisis in Lake Country”
- 2018 Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, Best Minority Issues Reporting - Radio: “The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Race in Akron,” Ohio Society for Professional Journalists
- 2017 Press Club of Cleveland, Best Producer - Radio: “The Sound of Ideas: Sexual Assault in Northeast Ohio”
- 2018 Press Club of Cleveland, Best Radio Show: “The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Race in Akron”
- 2017 Press Club of Cleveland, Best Radio Show: “The Sound of Ideas: Sexual Assault in Northeast Ohio”
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