Rachel Nania

Editor, reporter, writer

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Rachel Nania is a D.C.-based editor, reporter and writer, covering lifestyle, food and health trends and features.

She is a graduate of The University of Mary Washington and holds a master’s degree in Health Communication from Boston’s Emerson College.

Reporting experience includes radio, digital, magazine and print.

Middleburg music therapist changes lives, one note at a time

WASHINGTON - Tom Sweitzer's voice fills the quiet hallway of 8 North Jay St. in Middleburg, Virginia. "Oh beautiful for spacious skies." A piano kicks in to guide the next line. "For amber waves of ..." Sweitzer pauses and waits for someone to come in with the next word.

'Truffle Boy' corners luxury ingredient in NY food scene | WTOP

WASHINGTON - When I called Ian Purkayastha to talk about his new book, " Truffle Boy," he was driving around New York City with about $70,000. Purkayastha's car wasn't filled with cash, it was filled with truffles - more specifically, a shipment of winter black truffles that had just arrived from Spain - a nd he was in a hurry.

Child care shortage: Baby boom, operating costs lead to waiting lists

The search for affordable, convenient, quality child care is a struggle in the Washington region. The five-part series Child Care Crisis will look at why it's so hard to find care, and why costs are surpassing college tuition rates. The reports also examine the emotional toll the lack of child care takes on families.

Keeping the corner store alive: Buying a bodega in an online era

WASHINGTON - When a long-standing bodega in the Northeast neighborhood of Eckington went on the market last year, neighbors Peter and Lyndsi Sitcov did something they never imagined: The young couple put in an offer. "We knew that since all this stuff is changing in Eckington, that it was probably going to be a condo," Peter said.

DC's new Falafel Inc. serves flavorful, cheap meals with a mission

WASHINGTON - There's no such thing as a free lunch, but at a new Georgetown eatery, you can get pretty close. Falafel Inc. opened its doors at Potomac and M streets about a week ago, and already, Washingtonians are lining up to sink their teeth into the shop's $3 falafel sandwiches, stuffed with lettuce, red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, tahini and red sauce on a freshly baked pita.

From rural garage to great restaurant: The history and design of The Inn at Little Washington

Thirty-seven years ago, it was a small dining room in a former auto repair shop in the tiny Virginia town. Now, it's one of the country's greatest restaurants. WASHINGTON - Thirty-seven years ago, D.C. native Patrick O'Connell was searching for an affordable space where he and his partner, Reinhardt Lynch, could open a restaurant in Virginia's Shenandoah countryside.

D.C.'s first elevated park designed to bridge community gap

A big project is turning a decades-long vision of connecting D.C.'s Southeast neighborhoods into a reality. WASHINGTON - For years, the Anacostia River has been a physical, economic and cultural divide between the communities that reside on either side. But a big project is turning a decades-long vision of connecting D.C.'s Southeast neighborhoods into a reality.

Local woman's fight for civil rights tells story of 'ordinary heroes'

WASHINGTON - When filmmaker Loki Mulholland decided to make a documentary about his mother's role in the civil rights movement, he tricked her into the project. Originally, he planned to tell the stories of four civil rights activists in the '60s - including Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

D.C. sees more women running restaurants, breweries, distilleries

WASHINGTON - When Amy Brandwein started her culinary career in 2000 as a pastry intern at D.C.'s Galileo, she quickly realized her passion was not in pastry, but rather on the hotline. So she traded in her dough blade for a set of knives and started training as a cook.

On pace: Ending veteran homelessness in D.C.

WASHINGTON - Alan Banks is an Air Force veteran and father. In 1996 he was married and making six figures in security and law enforcement when he experienced something he never imagined. "I had a very good income, a home built, a lot of nice toys and was living life very well," says Banks, a D.C.

Couples opt for 'pop-up' weddings, D.C. company delivers

WASHINGTON - When Capitol Hill couple Jennifer Miller and Michael Bennett got engaged, the two weighed a few ideas for their wedding day. They contemplated planning a traditional wedding; they considered eloping to Maui. Making it official with a justice of the peace was another idea the couple discussed.

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