Rachel Alexander

South Salem students can now earn college business credits through Oregon Tech partnership

South Salem High School sophomores Arnav Mohindra, left, Ali Kirk and Holly Kansky practice a DECA presentation in the school library on Feb. 20, 2020 (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) South Salem High School students taking business and marketing classes can now earn college credit, potentially saving thousands of dollars. The school[Read More…]


As U.S. celebrates 100 years of women voting, Willamette professor chronicles how Oregon suffragists won the ballot

Cindy Richards, professor of civic communication and media at Willamette University, holds a copy of the 1909 Washington Women’s Cook Book, a publication from the state’s suffrage association (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) In 1872, at least four Oregon women attempted to vote in the U.S. presidential election as part of a[Read More…]

Mental health, behavior and elementary reading top spending priorities for Salem-Keizer

Salem’s school system would add 240 full-time employees, lengthen the middle school day and spend more than $3 million to create more after school programs and eliminate fees to improve local education under a plan being advanced by Salem-Keizer School District administrators. District administrators will present their spending plan at[Read More…]


New south Salem clinic aims to be neighborhood doctor’s office

Physician assistant Christine Rue, left, doctors Paula Spencer and Rashanda Brown, and physician assistant Alyssa Schmidt, front, are the staff of the new South Salem Primary Care clinic (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) When two of Salem’s largest medical providers merged last fall, a handful of local doctors decided on a change[Read More…]


After losing close friend to suicide, Willamette senior works to get young men to seek help

Willamette University senior Brendan McGonigle wants to encourage more young men to talk about mental health (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) When Brendan McGonigle was a freshman at Willamette University, he lost a childhood friend to suicide. The event spurred McGonigle, now a senior exercise and health science major, to do more[Read More…]

McNary Font Club debuts original musical in quest to remove Comic Sans from school buses

Senior Julia DaSilva, playing Comic Sans, attacks sophomore Ian Madsen, playing Times New Roman, during a Font Club rehearsal (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) If you’re looking to surprise, confuse or engage in a strong debate about the much-maligned Comic Sans font with your Valentine’s Day date, the McNary High School Font[Read More…]