Rachel Otwell leaves Illinois Times for job with comptroller's office

Rachel Otwell is the new deputy communications director for Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, effective Oct. 20. The position is based in Springfield.

Otwell joined Illinois Times in Feb. 2020 and worked as a writer and associate editor for the paper. She won two Illinois Press Association awards for her 2020 coverage at Illinois Times, which included numerous reports on area civil rights demonstrations and local education coverage.

Otwell was also a journalist at NPR Illinois in Springfield for about a decade. In 2019, she was a reporter for the ProPublica Local Reporting Network, where she investigated faculty sexual misconduct and related university policies.

She is a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting program at University of Illinois Springfield.

Illinois Times is seeking a new full-time staff writer and resumes should be sent to Fletcher Farrar at ffarrar@illinoistimes.com.

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