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

  Police looking for man accused in triple shooting over Labor Day weekend

Lafayette Parish bars will reopen immediately

10 La. schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation, including 2 in Baton Rouge

Livingston Parish announces trick-or-treating hours, but urges people to be cautious

  Bars in Iberville, St. Mary to reopen after meeting requirement of low coronavirus positivity rate

Man wanted in connection with shooting in St. Gabriel

  Budget sweeps cause treasurer’s office to temporarily halt unclaimed property payouts

Democrats accuse Ardoin of ‘voter suppression, gross incompetence' over website outage; Ardoin says it was maintenance

Man wanted for contractor fraud; LPSO asks for public’s help

Some roads in Livingston Parish flooded due to Beta

DSNAP application period ending Wednesday

  Livingston Parish Public Schools address proposed teacher strike during press conference

Arrest made in deadly shooting on N Ardenwood

Laine Hardy to host virtual concert to benefit American Red Cross after Laura, Sally strike Gulf Coast

  EBR Registrar of Voters offices will have extended hours for Voter Registration Week Sept. 21-25

  New EBRPSS superintendent to take emergency medical leave; associate superintendent will take over

  The Blood Center in BR, NOLA areas puts out call for blood for Denham football player who collapsed during practice

Metro council to rehear Sterling settlement case after public comment overlooked

  Court issues ruling on upcoming elections in La. amid pandemic

Suspect arrested after quadruple shooting in Baker

  Arrest made after quadruple shooting in Baker leaves child hurt

  LSU announces changes for student tickets for this football season

  AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

Boil advisory issued for parts of Walker

Crews clear overturned tractor trailer on I-10 in WBR Parish

Burbank dog park resuming normal hours

  BRPD: 1 dead, 1 critically injured after being shot in car while at intersection of N 38th, Winbourne

One suspect arrested after deadly shooting at apartment complex on Jefferson Hwy.

Zachary School District will transition some students to all in-person classes starting Sept. 21

  Mayor Broome says mask mandate in EBR Parish will remain in place throughout Phase 3