December 8, 1972 |
|Alma mater||The University of Western Ontario
University of Toronto
|Occupation||Attorney, blogger, author|
|Employer||various publishers, various publications|
|The Huffington Post|
Sklar was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where she was the Vice-President Communications of the University Students' Council, as well as a regular contributor to the campus newspaper, The Gazette. She was also an active member of the University of Western Ontario Debating Society. She graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she was valedictorian.
Sklar became a full-time freelance writer on a wide array of topics. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Glamour, The Financial Times, The Chicago Tribune, Wallpaper*, The New York Post, and The Village Voice. Her numerous publications in Canada include the self-published book A Stroke of Luck: Life, Crisis and Rebirth of a Stroke Survivor (Toronto: 1998, Parnassus Books), which she co-authored with the dentist Howard Rocket (the father a childhood friend) about his stroke and recovery.
Sklar was, until 7 November 2008, the Media & Special Projects Editor for the Huffington Post. She wrote and edited the site's Eat The Press page. She previously wrote and edited FishbowlNY, a New York-based media industry blog. Sklar is a guest panelist on Fox News Watch, a current events debate program on the Fox News Channel, and has made appearances on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, which is also a Fox News program.
In Jan 2009 she left the Huffington Post to join The Daily Beast. Currently she works for Dan Abrams, at Abrams Research, "a media-focused expert network". Abrams is currently the publisher of Mediaite, a media news website. Sklar is the Editor-at-Large for Mediaite.
"She is the founder of two advocacy sites: Change The Ratio, which promotes the careers of women in new media and tech; and Charitini.com, which promotes social microgiving. In a recent appearance with Brook Baldwin on CNN, Sklar was very critical of society in general in lambasting Hilary Clinton during the 2008 Presidential campaign for her physical appearance ('Cankle Criticism') while ignoring or failing to mention the constant drumbeat of criticism about Gov. Chris Christie's weight in recent years. Apparently "sexism" only applies when it's directed towards women!
Recognition and Awards
In 2010 she was listed by The Wall  in "Social media movers and shakers: The ones to watch in 2011" along with Ben Parr and Murray Newlands, and listed in 2011 Silicon Alley (NYC) 100 List by Business Insider for Change the Ratio. In 2012, Sklar was listed as one of the 10 Women in Tech Who Give Back.
- "Rachel Sklar". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- "Rachel Sklar". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- "University of Toronto - Faculty of Law". Law.utoronto.ca. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- Sklar, R., Going Rogue (Sklar's self-described final article for the Huffington Post)
- Adam Sachs. "Rachel Sklar". TechStars. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- Adam Sachs. "NYC Tech Innovators Sponsored By Heineken: Rachel Sklar And Glynnis MacNicol Of "TheLi.st," Placing Their Bet On Women In Tech". Guest of a Guest. Retrieved 2013-03-05.
- "Social media movers and shakers: The ones to watch in 2011". The Wall Blog. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
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