Rachael Thomas

Rachael Thomas

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.”

Education:

  • University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design

Recent Articles by Rachael

  Woman turns herself in after deadly hit and run; victim identified

  1 arrested, 1 wanted in fatal September shooting of man sleeping in car

WANTED: Man accused of stealing more than $100 worth of cigarettes from gas station

  5 more parishes added to federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Barry

HUD gives the go-ahead for La. to begin issuing duplication of benefits checks

One dead after wreck in Central

  Principal: Football player injured during Riverside-Southern Lab game ‘doing well’

  Child in stable condition after being struck by vehicle in Baker

  Couple wanted for allegedly stealing $800+ worth of groceries from Rouses in Gonzales

Driver crashes into newly finished hair salon in Prairieville

  1 of 3 men charged in 2018 beating death of teenager found guilty

  CRIME STOPPERS: Man accused of breaking into house, trying to burn it down

WANTED: Two accused of theft at shoe store

  Candidates for La. governor face off in final debate

DOTD holding public meeting on I-10, I-12 flyover ramp

  Three men shot in alleged drive-by on N. Foster Drive

  1 arrested, 1 wanted in connections with teen’s shooting death near Tak’s Food Mart

$2.3 million in grants awarded to La. for infrastructure improvements, workforce development

  Man arrested after allegedly shooting his father in Baton Rouge

  4 arrested in shooting death at Sherwood Meadow Apartments

State fire marshal’s office to inspect haunted houses for safety

  Most La. families to see slight increase in SNAP benefits due to cost of living adjustments

  Father, son arrested following alleged murder, disposal of body

  President Trump weighs in on La. governor’s race; Edwards campaign fires back

  Baton Rouge area to receive $8.6 million in federal funding to help fight crime, support law enforcement

AG Landry announces 21 arrests by Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

  More than 20 businesses in Baton Rouge area cited for new seafood labeling violations

  Man whose dog was left in stolen truck to die pays for surgery for dog whose legs were cut off

  Mayor’s homelessness outreach initiative moves forward

$8.5 billion natural gas liquefaction facility coming to Plaquemines Parish