Rachel Sklar

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Rachel Sklar
Rachel Sklar 2.jpg
Born (1972-12-08) December 8, 1972 (age 49)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Alma materThe University of Western Ontario
University of Toronto
OccupationAttorney, blogger, journalist
WebsiteThe Huffington Post

Rachel Sklar (born December 8, 1972) is a Canadian lawyer, CNN contributor, and media blogger.[1]

Early years[edit]

Sklar was born to a Jewish family[2] 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.[3][4] She graduated with honors from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where she was valedictorian.[5]


Sklar became a full-time freelance journalist on a wide array of topics. Her work has been published in the New York Times, Glamour, Financial Times, Chicago Tribune, Wallpaper, New York Post, and 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 of a childhood friend) about his stroke and recovery.

Sklar was, until 7 November 2008, the Media & Special Projects Editor for the Huffington Post.[6] 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 January 2009, she left the Huffington Post to join The Daily Beast. She has worked for Dan Abrams, at Abrams Research and as 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 micro-giving.[7] In 2013, Sklar soft launched tech start-up, The Li.st, that serves as "a platform for awesome women."[8]


Sklar honored at 2013 Jewish Women's Archive luncheon

In 2010, she was listed by The Wall [9] 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 Datamation's list of "10 Women in Tech Who Give Back."[10] In 2015 she and her daughter Ruby (born that year) were named as part of The Forward 50.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Rachel Sklar". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  2. ^ "Forward 50 2015: Ruby Sklar (and Rachel)". Jewish Daily Forward. 2015.
  3. ^ "Rachel Sklar". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  4. ^ "usurped title". Archived from the original on December 18, 2010. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "University of Toronto – Faculty of Law". Law.utoronto.ca. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  6. ^ Sklar, R., Going Rogue (Sklar's self-described final article for the Huffington Post)
  7. ^ Adam Sachs. "Rachel Sklar". TechStars. Archived from the original on 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ "Social media movers and shakers: The ones to watch in 2011". The Wall Blog. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
  10. ^ 10 Women in Tech Who Give Back
  11. ^ "Forward 50 2015". Forward.com. 2015-11-07. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  12. ^ "Ruby Sklar (and Rachel)". Forward.com. 2015. Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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