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 grew substantially. After nearly five years at WAFB, Rachael moved to Shreveport to take on the role of digital content executive producer for one of WAFB's sister stations, KSLA.
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.”
Many people missed their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine the week of Feb. 15 due to severe winter weather that moved through the ArkLaTex area, but the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says that’s okay.
It’s important to keep laws and safety in mind as you celebrate New Year's Eve with fireworks. Different parishes and cities have different regulations, so double check your area's laws to be sure it's legal to use fireworks.
A man from Livingston Parish is behind bars after being accused of setting his disabled father’s barn on fire. That fire then spread and damaged two boats and four vehicles, say officials with the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal (LAOSFM).
On Monday, Nov. 23, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) announced it has selected a contractor for the first phase of the I-10 widening project from LA 415 in West Baton Rouge Parish to the I-10/I-12 split in Baton Rouge.
Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, along with more than 30 other state attorneys general, says Apple has agreed to a $113 million settlement over the company’s 2016 decision to throttle the performance of customers’ iPhones to address unexpected shutdowns in some models.