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Rachel Brougham

location-pin Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, Minnesota

School: Eastern Michigan University

Expertise: landscaping and garden, cleaning and organization, decor and design, renovating and remodeling, pets, outdoors and camping

Rachel Brougham

  • Writer of a weekly newspaper column for the Petoskey News-Review since 2012
  • Published Widowland: A Collection of Essays on Grief in 2022
  • Recipient of writing awards from the Michigan Press Association and Associated Press
  • Attended writing workshops at the Poynter Institute and Madeline Island School of Arts


Rachel Brougham spent years working in newsrooms, for television and newspapers, and has won several awards for her writing. In 2015, she left her full-time job as a newspaper editor to focus on freelance writing and editing. She has been a Family Handyman contributor since 2017.
In 2019, Rachel lived through a major remodeling project on her home, and she uses that experience to inform her Family Handyman content. She's also an avid gardener (both native plants and vegetables), enjoys keeping up with decor trends and spends a lot of time traveling, cooking and hanging out with her family and their giant dog.


Eastern Michigan University
BS, Film, Journalism, English and Literature

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