Rachel Osier Lindley is News Director at WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama. She works to shape WBHM’s local news coverage and increase the station’s news collaborations in the community.
Rachel grew up outside of Chicago where her best friend was her boom box. When they weren’t sitting on her porch listening to WDCB, they were busy recording radio plays with the kids down the block. Rachel continued blossoming into an AV geek at Riverside Brookfield High School. There, she was actively involved in the school’s broadcast program. She hosted a morning radio show and a talk show on the school’s cable access TV station.
She attended the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. At UT, she was a DJ and Programming Director for KXRX, the student-run radio station, and a news intern at KUT, Austin’s NPR affiliate. She also participated in NPR’s Next Generation Radio Project.
After college, she spent over 7 years in Marfa, Texas where she was part of the team that started KRTS Marfa Public Radio, the regional public radio station for all of rural Far West Texas, and KXWT West Texas Public Radio, serving Midland and Odessa. During her time in West Texas, she also earned an MBA from Sul Ross State University.
Rachel and her husband, Chase, are the lucky parents of three sons and one dog. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, exploring Birmingham, and thinking about work.