Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas

WAFB Digital Content Producer

Baton Rouge, La.

Rachael Thomas was born in New Orleans, La., but as a young child she lived in Brevard, North Carolina, which is a beautiful little town in the western part of the state, practically in Tennessee. Her family later moved back to Louisiana (Slidell), and she later went to college in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Rachael got her first TV job not long after graduation in Gulfport, Mississippi working as a production assistant at WXXV. She helped launch its first news product when the company acquired an NBC affiliation. She continued her work as a PA there and started managing the digital content as well. She managed social media accounts, posted stories to the website, etc.

After about two years at WXXV, she moved to Baton Rouge and started part-time on the weekends at WAFB for the digital department. During her time with WAFB the department has grown substantially.

“I now work weeknights for the department and love what I do,” she said. “It's always fast-paced, exciting, and different! And I get to write each and every day!”

Rachael attended the annual Dale Carnegie Raycom leadership training in 2017 after being selected as one of 12 people from all over the company.

She was also part of the Raycom Relief Team that responded to Hurricane Irma aftermath in September of 2017. She and a team of people traveled to WWSB in Sarasota, Florida to help with severe weather coverage.

Rachael loves to read and write. In her free time, she likes to read sci-fi and play video games. She also loves to go kayaking, hiking, camping, etc.

“I have the sweetest, sassiest cat in the world. She's all black and her name is Daenerys.”

Contact Rachael via email at rachael.thomas@wafb.com

Education:

  • University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design

Recent Articles by Rachael

  Body of teen recovered from Amite River

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Hammond man charged with rape, home invasion may be connected to other crimes

LSP seizes $7M+ in ‘high grade’ marijuana in illegal grow operation in St. Tammany, Orleans parishes; 4 arrested

  LSU plans to distribute one mask to every student, faculty and staff member in time for fall semester

  BREC closing Independence Park Recreation Center after two summer camp kids test positive for COVID-19

  West Baton Rouge Schools releases phased plan for reopening in 2020-2021 school year

  Baton Rouge businessman announces mayoral campaign

Gov. Edwards signs new bills into law

La. governor signs budget, directs state agency heads to be ready for possible mid-year cuts

Parish president says Hwy. 42 project in Ascension Parish nearly done

East Feliciana Public Schools announces options for 2020-21 school year

  Woman arrested after allegedly brandishing gun at people driving through flooded neighborhood

CRIME STOPPERS: Man arrested for allegedly punching woman in face in front of 2 children

  Livingston Parish launches virtual education option not related to COVID-19 response

OMV closes 4 offices in La. due to traveling employee testing positive for COVID-19

  UPDATE: Central teen found safe

  USS KIDD will not host Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19

Where you can and can’t shoot off fireworks

Ascension Parish officials strongly encouraging people to wear masks, but not issuing mandate at this time

President of BR branch NAACP announces intent to run for District 10 metro council seat

Woman’s Hospital provides updated COVID-19 safety guidelines for pregnant women

SU working with Ochsner to ensure safe return to campus for students, employees

FOOD: Where to get free meals for kids amid coronavirus pandemic

Last day to suggest names for Lee High School

  New sheriff of W Feliciana Parish sworn into office

EBR school board approves new superintendent’s contract at special meeting

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

  1 dead in house fire in Morgan City

Ascension Public Schools holding public forums on school construction bond election