Alex Acquisto Salt ’11

A news story recently written by Alex Acquisto Salt ’11 recounted the heroic actions of jogger Rachel Borch during her terrifying encounter with a rabid raccoon, which she managed to drown in a puddle and made headlines:

“Little did she know she was about to be attacked by a rabid raccoon she would end up killing with her bare hands.” Maine Woman Attacked by Raccoon Drops Rabid Animal in Puddle, Bangor Daily News, Alex Acquisito Salt ’11

Interviewed by Justin Ray of Columbia Journalism Review, Alex Acquisto Salt ’11 admitted that when she wrote the piece, “she did not expect her story would go national, with write-ups of the piece appearing in The Washington Post, the New York Daily News, Esquire, and many others.” Acquisto first noticed the news in a local paper and asked her editor if she could write a story on it, then met with the young woman at her house, who recounted the attack.

The Last Option and Occupy Portland are two projects Acquisto worked on during her time at the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies, which has been recently integrated into MECA&D. After studying at Salt, she first started working at The Forecaster before moving on to the Bangor Daily News to work as a staff writer.

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