Rachel Polansky is a three-time Edward R. Murrow Award winning and Emmy nominated investigative reporter at WKYC 3News, the NBC affiliate in Cleveland Ohio.
Rachel joined 3News after spending three and a half years reporting in Southwest Florida at WBBH-TV the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers Florida. Her award-winning work uncovered fraud and corruption.
She is most proud of her investigative reporting that enacted change at both local and statewide levels. In 2019, two years after Rachel began reporting on contractor fraud in Southwest Florida, a Port Charlotte Florida State Representative filed legislation targeting contractors who take money from customers and don't do the work. He talked exclusively with Rachel about his new legislation and credited Rachel's stories with bringing these issues to his attention. In June 2019, Florida’s governor signed the legislation into law.
In 2017, Rachel uncovered a case of child marriage in Southwest Florida. After she reported about a young girl, who was being forced to marry an adult man, a Fort Myers senator filed legislation to change the legal age of marriage to 18. In 2018, the governor signed that legislation into law.
Rachel’s work backs up her pledge to be a journalist who makes a difference and holds the powerful accountable.
Rachel graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Penn State University. When she's not reporting, you can find her at a yoga studio or at home where she enjoys spending time with her husband, Dominic, and their golden retriever rescue, Willow.
The Pennsylvania State University; University Park, Pennsylvania Broadcast Journalism Major, English Minor Summa Cum Laude