A Native New Yorker, Nick Rafter was born Domenick Francis Rafter on May 30, 1983. Raised in the New York City borough of Queens, he attended Catholic schools, and later graduated from Hofstra University in 2006, where he was News Director and Program Director of the university’s award-winning radio station, WRHU. While a student reporter at WRHU, he reported live from the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston and did on-air political analysis during Election Night in 2004 and 2005.
After college, he worked in local politics and produced public affairs programming at WLIW21, Long Island’s PBS statio, before working as a reporter and editor for the Queens Tribune, Queens Chronicle and several other local publications covering education, politics and transportation issues in the boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn.
On the same day Donald Trump became president, Nick decided to change careers and went into the dog-eat-dog world of New York City real estate. The change allowed him to work in a different industry serving his hometown, and helping people finds homes in New York, while also freeing up more time for writing. He recently completed his first novel and is looking to get it published and is working on several others set in different eras in New York City.
A world traveler, despite a crippling fear of flying, Nick has been to four continents, 13 national capitals and 26 US states and enjoys reading historical novels, building Legos and putting together puzzles he makes from photos he’s taken of places he’s visited around the world.