Rachel Swarns is a correspondent for the New York Times, currently writing about race and history, and the author of American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama.
Swarns began her journalism career at the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald before joining the New York Times in 1995. She has reported from Russia, Cuba, and South Africa, serving as Johannesburg bureau chief. She has also covered domestic policy and national politics, reporting on immigration and the 2004 and 2008 presidential campaigns. She serves as academic advisor to the African-American Civil War Museum, and was a visiting fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research.
Swarns has a BA in Spanish from Howard University and an MA in international relations from the University of Kent in Canterbury, England.