Rebecca Anderson

Freelance reporter • Multimedia journalist • Photographer • Columbia graduate student

Location icon United States

Rebecca Anderson, 26, is a driven freelance writer and photographer with a background in multimedia journalism and digital/social and print media.

Currently, she works as a weekend production associate and reporter for Good Morning America at ABC Network in New York City, where she manages all GMA social media channels and some digital content.

Additionally, she works as an editor at Park Evaluations, an immigration services company in Lake Success, NY, where she writes and proofreads letters, ranging from Academic Evaluations, Work Experience Evaluations, Expert Opinion Letters and Specialty Occupation Evaluations—with the assistance of certified translation services and professors across the country—to assess all immigration needs, from routine H-1B filings to RFEs (Request for Evidence).

Prior to this, she was a former editor, reporter and photographer for the Long Island Herald at Richner Communications Inc., a weekly publication, for two-plus years and covered local news in Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown.

Rebecca recently earned her Master of Science degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In 2015, she graduated from Towson University, a medium-sized state school in Towson, Md., with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications and a focus in journalism and creative writing.

Rebecca's work has been published in the summer and fall editions of Long Beach Magazine, Long Island Pulse Magazine, Bookstr.com, Anton Media Group, Blank Slate Media and Newsday Media Group; Long Island. Her photography has been commercially used for Long Trunks designer clothing, Reign Fashion Boutique, The Sands at Atlantic Beach Club and MSNBC's The Beat with Ari Melber.

Feel free to contact Rebecca at [email protected] or [email protected]

Portfolio

Good Morning America/ABC News

Magazine: Lifestyle, Fashion, Arts & Entertainment

Herald Community Newspapers
06/29/2016
The Kings of Warped Tour

Self-made rock band We the Kings will be performing at Vans Warped Tour on Saturday, July 9, for the sixth time since 2008. The band will be playing songs from their new album "So Far," just released on June 17, and other previous hits, on the main stage at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh.

Long Island Pulse Magazine
04/05/2018
A New 'Reign' in Long Beach | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Wendy Lombardo, owner of Reign Fashion Boutique, said she wasn't expecting a few hundred people to pass through her West End shop during its grand opening in Long Beach last September. The 39-year-old Queens native, who has been in retail for over a decade, opened the door to a new scene of beach culture with the expansion of her fashion business.

Herald Community Newspapers
12/01/2016
Speakeasy: A nod to Long Beach's past

Four years ago, Speakeasy owners Jake Marlin, Shane Herbert and Jamie Dowling waded through four feet of water in their small West End bar and restaurant after Hurricane Sandy hit. Debris was floating around the bar and the smell of rotten seaweed and mold lingered.

Long Island Pulse Magazine
05/14/2018
Wantagh Gets New Homegrown Coffee Hub | Long Island Pulse Magazine

Michael Santo, 33, owner of the newly opened Pipeline Coffee Co., said his obsession with coffee started nearly a decade ago. "Whenever I go on vacation, I have to scout out where I'm going to get my coffee every day," he said with a laugh.

Herald Community Newspapers
05/18/2017
And the beat goes on

An ensemble of 55 musicians performed Broadway tunes and orchestra pieces at the Seaford Community Band and Jazz Band spring concert at the high school on May 13 in honor of Joseph Manso - the former chairman of the high school's music program and band director who helped create the jazz group, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Book Culture

Bookstr
12/11/2018
5 Books to Read If You Have the Traveling Bug | Bookstr

I get it. You're a driven and energetic twenty-something and all you want to do is see the world. Whether it's dreams of venturing to tiny towns along the Adriatic Sea or tasting fresh fish on the outskirts of Japan, we can't help but crave new and different experiences.

Bookstr
10/23/2018
6 Quirky Literary Quotes To Get You Through the Work Day | Bookstr

"Sometimes, I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast." Alice in Wonderland Image via Giphy HAH, the only thing I believe in before breakfast is hitting the snooze button 500 times. "There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot troll is one of them."

Bookstr
10/30/2018
4 Big Reasons Why Reading Has Made Me a Better Person | Bookstr

Ever since I was a little girl, I have been fascinated with the idea of other worlds, mystical realms and oddball characters that conquer evil for the sake of mankind. Throw in some fancy prose and the smell of aged paper and I'm hooked.

Newsday Features

Newsday
07/23/2019
Harvard-bound LIer rings in 18th birthday at prom

It only makes sense that Abigail Romero's extra-special year would include what amounted to a Sweet 18 party. And that's exactly what the Harvard-bound teen got on May 23, as the Walter G. O'Connell Copiague High School prom at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury fell on her 18th birthday.

Newsday
10/16/2018
Lacrosse team to sick child: 'No One Fights Alone'

It was a sea of green last Friday afternoon as students, faculty and community members packed the gymnasium at Farmingdale High School for the homecoming pep rally. But one special person in attendance had everyone in the crowd cheering when she came to center court.

Newsday
06/23/2017
2Pac poem inspires LIer to help girls for prom

With the annual Uniondale High School prom just around the corner, alumnus Tiye Bradley knew she wanted to give back to her community by helping seniors enjoy the night stress-free. Initially, she wasn't sure how. But as it turned out, all the inspiration she needed was a 2Pac poem.

Newsday
05/29/2018
LI salutatorian an 'inspiration' to peers

Praise Akintola celebrated along with his Wyandanch Memorial High School classmates during their senior prom on May 17. The student body took photos at Wyandanch Plaza before boarding the Hornblower Hybrid, which set sail from Pier 40 at Hudson River Park in Manhattan.

Newsday
03/20/2019
Photos: Long Island polar bear plunges

The 15th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge was held at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington on March 2, 2019, benefiting Special Olympics New York. The 15th annual North Hempstead Polar Plunge was held at North Hempstead Beach Park in Port Washington on March 2, 2019, benefiting Special Olympics New York.

Newsday
07/11/2018
LI teen's plan: Design houses, sneakers, etc.

For Lynbrook High School's Aidan Dillon, sketching and design has been a part of his life ever since he was a child. "If I had a toy and I didn't like it, I would just draw up an entire new one," he said with a laugh.

Newsday
03/13/2018
The annual Bethpage St. Patrick's Day parade

A young spectator shows his love of the Irish at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 4, 2018. Humans weren't the only participants at the Bethpage St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The Nassau County Firefighters Pipe and Drums Band performed at the Bethpage St.

Newsday
06/13/2018
Valley Stream Central High School prom 2018

Valley Stream Central High School held its prom at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Valley Stream Central High School held its prom at the Bridgeview Yacht Club in Island Park on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Newsday
01/15/2018
Mom-daughter plunge tradition forming on LI

Below-freezing temperatures didn't stop East Hampton residents from taking a quick and frigid dip into the waves at Main Beach for the 17th annual Polar Bear Plunge on New Year's Day. More than 200 people ventured to the sand dunes for the event and helped raise money for the East Hampton Food Pantry.

Newsday
06/13/2018
At prom, dancing shoes before combat boots

Valley Stream Central seniors Daniel Toy and Lucas Camacho have spent the past year helping honor veterans who walked the same high school halls. Now, the duo are following in their footsteps. After graduating from Valley Stream Central, Toy and Camacho will share a unique journey - becoming United States Marines.

Newsday
06/07/2018
LI athlete enjoys prom before run to Ivy League

Ellen Byrnes has been running since the age of 4. Now, more than a decade later and after countless races, the Sacred Heart Academy senior will be sprinting in a new direction. Byrnes, 18, of Port Washington, has committed to competing on the track and field team at the University of Pennsylvania this fall and will be majoring in finance at the Wharton School of Business.

Newsday
07/11/2018
Comsewogue High School prom 2018

Marieah Moralez gets ready for the Comsewogue High School prom on Tuesday. Marieah Moralez gets ready for the Comsewogue High School prom on Tuesday. Comsewogue High School held its prom at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown on Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Comsewogue High School held its prom at Watermill Caterers in Smithtown on Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Newsday
09/27/2018
LI high school hoops starter wins homecoming king

Corey Jones, a senior at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, said he was surprised to be nominated as this year's homecoming king. But what surprised him even more was that he took home the crown during the school's annual pep rally and Colt Fest.

Newsday
03/15/2018
Roundup: Meet: LI St. Patrick's parade superfan

Saturday, March 10, 2018 - Bob Hanley may be from Sound Beach, but just about any St. Patrick's Day parade is fair game for this holiday superfan who's been a regular parade attendee for more than 20 years.

Newsday
03/13/2018
Her Irish cooking serves 'big Bethpage family'

"Chef Amy, how is that food coming along?" asks a volunteer cook. A bubbly-demeanored woman emerges from behind an oven with an apron and her hair tied back in a ponytail. She carries a large tray of steaming corned beef and sets it on the kitchen table at St.

Features & profiles

Herald Community Newspapers
02/02/2016
A mission to help single mothers

"You see, growing up in a West Indian household, they taught me everything but to be independent," 23-year-old Sarahlee Rolle said. "I didn't know who I was or what I really wanted out of life. I was told who I was supposed to be."

Herald Community Newspapers
10/12/2016
Baldwin coffee shop beats the blight on Grand Avenue

Amid the "for rent signs" and boarded up shop windows that line Grand Avenue in Baldwin, the Sweet and Savory Café sticks out. The quaint coffee shop, nestled between a pub and an abandoned store, is draped in light blue and cream curtains and table cloths, welcoming coffee-lovers from all over Long Island.

Herald Community Newspapers
01/18/2018
Getting the power back on in Puerto Rico

Timothy Harris waded through mounds of dirt and debris in a small village near San Juan, Puerto Rico, one day in mid-November. The former Seaford resident was deployed to the island as part of a four-man crew from PSEG to evaluate electrical damage from Hurricane Maria, which leveled the island last September.

Herald Community Newspapers
05/03/2017
Wantagh Library welcomes feathered friends

It was an exciting two days at the Wantagh Public Library, as ten chicks slowly broke free from their eggs on April 17 and 18. The feathered friends arrived just in time for spring. For the first time ever, the Wantagh Library hosted a dozen eggs, and after 21 days of incubation, the chicks slowly emerged from their shells and have been chirping ever since.

Herald Community Newspapers
10/20/2017
'A place you can rely on'

For as long as Peter Ruffner, 62, can remember, the Seaford Public Library has always been a place he could rely on. When Ruffner was 9 years old, his father took him to the building on Jackson Avenue. They both registered for library cards and sifted through dozens of books in the sports section.

Herald Community Newspapers
11/21/2017
Guarding a border far from home

William Hoehn was relaxing in his small Seaford home when he received his draft letter. "We want you!" was stamped in big letters across the envelope. It was 1966 - the height of the Vietnam War. Although the 19-year-old was prepared for the notice's arrival, he recalled recently, he wasn't prepared for what he would face when he went off to war.

Herald Community Newspapers
09/27/2016
Erin King Sweeney: politician, mother and more

At 4:45 a.m., she makes a Cuban double espresso and heads to the gym for a cardio session. When she returns to her Wantagh home, she fixes breakfast for her two children and dresses for work. Most days, she selects a pantsuit and heels; but sometimes, she breaks out riding breeches and boots.

Herald Community Newspapers
02/09/2016
Love is still in the air

For Mary and Brian Roach, Valentine's Day is just another day in February. They've been married for almost 34 years, and juggling a large family can sometimes get a little hectic. But with the holiday just around the corner, the North Wantagh couple still finds the time to let each other know how much they care.

Herald Community Newspapers
12/28/2017
Ellen Cook is the Wantagh Herald's Person of the Year

Wantagh resident Mary Wagner says she'll never forget when her good friend Ellen Cook tried to persuade her to join the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, which encourages women to preserve their family history.

The Riverdale Press
09/29/2015
A survivor creates a legacy - LIHerald.com

"I wore a bandana on my bald head and a compression sleeve on my involved arm," Marcia Partridge said when describing her return to her jazzercise classes. "The music, dance and overall exercise made me forget that I had breast cancer."

Herald Community Newspapers
11/30/2017
Coming out

Although the Seaford native said he knew he was gay long before he told his family, he decided to stay closeted, terrified that he wouldn't fit in with his high school friends. "I knew that I was gay since the seventh grade," he said.

Herald Community Newspapers
07/13/2016
Making a 'SPLASH' against trash

It was a cloudy day on June 27. At Wantagh State Park, the high tide and rough waves made it hard for smaller vessels to make it out into the Western Bays. Port Captain Gary Smith and six of his crew members, sporting rubber boots and cut-off shorts, worked hard to get their skiff away from the dock and into the bay off the Bellmore coastline.

Enterprise

The Island Now
12/05/2018
Demolition begins at Covert Avenue - The Island Now

By Rebecca Anderson Demolition of an old commercial building at 124 Covert Avenue in New Hyde Park began this week and residents should expect traffic delays in the area, village officials said Tuesday night. The work is part of the Long Island Rail Road's third track project, which calls for eliminating the grade crossing at ...

Politics

Herald Community Newspapers
02/08/2018
Race for 2nd C.D. seat heats up

Three Democratic candidates running to unseat Peter King in New York's 2nd Congressional District took part in a debate on Jan. 25. DuWayne Gregory, Mike Sax and Liuba Grechen Shirley explained their stances on hot-button issues for a crowd of 60 people at the Merrick Golf Course clubhouse.

Herald Community Newspapers
02/14/2017
Audit under way

After receiving claims of neglect, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said he is auditing the Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh. Maragos, who is running for county executive, opened the audit on Jan. 31. He announced the investigation of the shelter's finances and operations alongside animal rights activists, who have also filed lawsuits against the town.

Herald Community Newspapers
01/24/2018
Gregory to challenge King for 2nd C.D. seat

Democrat DuWayne Gregory, the Suffolk County Legislature's presiding officer, announced last week that he planned to run for Congress in November - for the seat held by Rep. Peter King, a Republican of Seaford, since 1993. The two last met in the 2016 race. King won with 62 percent of the vote.

Religion

Herald Community Newspapers
04/04/2017
Congregation Beth Tikvah welcomes new rabbi

In Hebrew, "bashert" means "fated to happen." After two years of searching for a new rabbi, members of Congregation Beth Tikvah said that they could finally shout "bashert" with revelation and joy. Congregants of the conservative synagogue, nestled on Woodbine Avenue in Wantagh, near the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway, are now welcoming Rabbi Moshe Weisblum to the community.

Herald Community Newspapers
01/24/2017
A week of Catholic pride

Educators, parents and students at two local parochial schools are ready to open their doors and show visitors what makes their communities special during Catholic Schools Week. The annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States - will be celebrated from Jan. 29 and Feb. 4.

Herald Community Newspapers
01/03/2018
Re-evaluating religion

"People aren't looking any less for comfort and religious experiences," said Rabbi Daniel Bar-Nahum, of Temple Emanu-El of East Meadow. "But the way they approach it is different than it was two or three generations ago."

Sports Features

Herald Community Newspapers
03/01/2017
Wantagh cheers to the top

When members of the Wantagh High School varsity cheerleading team, decked in their signature black and gold uniforms, took the stage at the National High School Cheerleading Championship at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., last month, they didn't suspect they would make history.

Herald Community Newspapers
01/05/2016
MacArthur tennis takes it to the top

Bus rides, away games and the camaraderie are just a few aspects that the girls on the MacArthur varsity tennis team said they enjoyed the most about their season. With an overall 13-1 record in Conference III-B, the team of 20 definitely made its mark, sharing a title with New Hyde Park.

Herald Community Newspapers
07/13/2016
A win-win for Fehrenbach

For as long as he can remember, Bobby Fehrenbach says, he has loved sports. The Wantagh native was a three-season athlete at MacArthur High School in Levittown. After graduating in 1984, he went on to play football at Pace University. For many, a sports career would end there, but for Fehrenbach it was just the beginning.

Herald Community Newspapers
05/02/2017
Always running

Kelly Perno-Grosser, a 36-year-old Seaford resident, does a lot of running around: taking her two daughters - Bridget, 7, and Charlotte, 4 - to and from school, going to work and shopping. But in her precious free time, she said she actually runs - just for herself.

Education

Herald Community Newspapers
04/19/2017
MacArthur lights it up blue for Autism Awareness Month

During April, the hallways of MacArthur High School are adorned with light blue lanterns dangling from the ceiling, banners with words of encouragement and puzzle piece-shaped cutouts. Although the art projects are striking, social studies teacher Vincent Causeman said, it's the message behind them that matters most.

Herald Community Newspapers
09/11/2017
Fresh start

With a new superintendent at the helm, Seaford School District administrators and Board of Education trustees said that they are looking forward to rolling out new academic programs and fostering pride in the community. The district, which takes in students from Seaford and part of south Wantagh, has a new leader: Dr. Adele Pecora.

Herald Community Newspapers
06/26/2017
Meet MacArthur's top two

When MacArthur High School seniors Casey Butcher and James May were called to Principal Joseph Sheehan's office in February, they had no idea why. They recalled waiting for Sheehan, slightly nervous and wondering what they might have done wrong. But Sheehan gave them good news: Butcher and May were the valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, of MacArthur's class of 2017.

Obituaries

Herald Community Newspapers
01/12/2016
Seaford mourns a music legend

As a father, teacher, musician, conductor and carpenter, it's clear that Joseph Manso was an inspiration to all. Seaford is mourning Manso after he died of cancer at his Massapequa home on Jan. 5. He was 85.

Multimedia Projects

Newsday
04/23/2018
Radio host goes 'Cowabunga' at LI polar plunge

The Suffolk County Community College mascot wasn't the only shark in Bay Shore Marina Saturday. Brian Orlando, radio host and personality of Long Island's 94.3 The Shark, stripped down to his swimsuit to bear the cold waters at the seventh annual Polar Bear Splash organized by AHRC Suffolk.

Atavist
05/09/2017
A Tale of two families and Long Island's changing face

Long Island's emerging immigrant population has vastly changed from 40 years ago. Then, many migrants from European countries traveled to the suburbs to settle in the Unites States. Over time, immigrants from Latin America and the Middle East started to move to the region, causing a political and social divide in Long Island towns.

Atavist
05/23/2016
Fighting the heroin battle

"Let's relax and mellow out," the Rev. Ralph Sommer, pastor of Saint Bernard's Church in Levittown said at a recent forum addressing heroin concerns in the area. "Start with your head and feel your neck muscles relax. I want you to feel it down in your arms and try not to be tense.

Editorial and Opinion Columns

Herald Community Newspapers
01/13/2017
This isn't a diatribe about guns

Dec. 14, 2013. It was nail-biting cold. The sort of cold that foreshadowed snowflakes in the coming days but still coddled them in gray-blanketed skies. Baltimore always made me feel that way: on edge, like the world was on the brink of burning up but then changed its mind last minute.

Herald Community Newspapers
12/15/2017
My holiday spirit? It's complicated.

There's always that pivotal moment when it's clear that the holidays have arrived. Sure, the endless toy commercials and fast-paced Christmas shoppers are a pretty good indicator, but for me, the start of holiday madness comes when a Michael Buble song or some other festive tune sneaks onto the radio.

Herald Community Newspapers
03/15/2017
We still have a lot to learn from our grandmothers

The old saying, "The apple never falls far from the tree," is accurate in my case. To know anything about me, you have to get to know a little bit about the women who came before me. You need to know their stories.

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