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Michelle Rafter

Portland, OR
Freelance Business Reporter — Freelance
Covers:  Jobs, careers, workplace issues, HR, HR tech, employee benefits, management; entrepreneurship, SBMs, freelancing; auto tech, trucking and transportation; corporate finance; business travel

Reporting on the future of jobs, work, workplace tech and transportation. Stumptown native.

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I'm a business reporter covering jobs, workplace issues, HR, transportation and business. I'm a regular contributor to Workforce.com, Trucks.com, Best Lawyers, and the San Diego Union Tribune, among others. My stories have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, OC Register, Edmunds.com, Amex OPEN, ...

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Sep 22, 2017

Standard lament of pretty much every tech columnist since the early days of desktop computers.  https://twitter.com/shanselman/status/911352065628061696 

Sep 22, 2017

@KatrinaKibben It also small things, like taking a few minutes to chat about life stuff at start of a conference call.

Sep 22, 2017

@KatrinaKibben Also, being invited to co. events, including getting expenses reimbursed to travel to a retreat or party. Makes u feel like part of team.

Sep 22, 2017

@KatrinaKibben As a contractor w/long relationships with multiple clients, it's regular phone call updates and participating in staff trainings.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

At 22, I was the associate editor, then editor of Homecare, a monthly trade magazine in the home health care business.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

I freelanced in Sweden briefly a long time ago, and pounded out copy on an old portable with Danish characters I found at a pawn shop.

How do you prefer to be pitched on stories?

Pitch me by email, or if you see me on Twitter, send me a tweet first to gauge my interest.