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Reality (TV) Check: Alumna Lands Appearance on ABC’s ‘The Bachelor’

Rachel Truehart graduated in 2006 with a double major in marketing and psychology
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Are you a reality television fan with Roger Williams University ties? Then check out alumna Rachel Truehart ‘06, who gets her chance to win over star Ben Flajnik on this season’s edition of “The Bachelor” on ABC. The following report from offers a closer glimpse at Truehart, who graduated with a double major in marketing and psychology.


Southampton woman to appear on ABC show ‘The Bachelor’

By: Conor Berry, The Republican

January 1, 2012

SOUTHAMPTON – Will she get a rose and a chance for true love, or will she go home single and frustrated?

Those are questions Pioneer Valley TV viewers surely will be asking when one of their own appears in the new season of the “The Bachelor,” which premieres Monday at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Rachel Truehart, a 27-year-old New York fashion industry professional and 2002 graduate of Hampshire Regional High School in Westhampton, is among the 25 female contestants vying for the affection of Ben Flajnik, a 28-year-old winemaker from Sonoma, Calif.

Each week, Flajnik – a loser on last season’s “The Bachelorette,” a companion show to “The Bachelor” – will winnow down a pool of potential female mates until he finds the so-called girl of his dreams. Those who make the weekly cut in this elimination contest receive a red rose, which means they survive for another round.

Truehart is a 2006 graduate of Rhode Island’s Roger Williams University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and psychology.

Though she now works in New York’s high-pressure fashion industry, she’s expected to watch Monday’s season opener at the family homestead on Lead Mine Road in Southampton.

Truehart said someone recommended her for the TV show after her last relationship ended, according to the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

“I was nominated for it by a family friend after I got out of my last relationship, and then I went through the interview process and was chosen,” she told the Northampton newspaper.

A signed confidentiality agreement with ABC prohibits her from discussing details of the show.

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