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

  La. National Guard distributing medical supplies across the state

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

  LSU announces spring intersession, as well as summer courses to be held online

  Arrest made in deadly shooting on Boulevard de Province in November

BRG Foundation launches COVID-19 fund to support needs of hospital, staff

Mid-Tap holding drive-thru crawfish, jambalaya fundraiser to benefit cancer patients & employees experiencing hardship due to COVID-19

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs reports 14 cases, including 4 deaths, related to COVID-19

White Star Market in Baton Rouge announces it will not reopen after coronavirus shutdown

  2 EBR inmates test positive for COVID-19; wing of prison quarantined

Baton Rouge to receive over $3M for coronavirus response

LSP: La./Texas state line not ‘closed’, but some restrictions apply

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

  LDH: Info on underlying health conditions of COVID-19 victims

  ATC says at this time, alcohol sales in La. have NOT been suspended

La. state fire marshal issues statewide burn ban amid COVID-19 pandemic

Entergy launches COVID-19 relief fund for customers in need, offers ways to keep energy bill down

  Teen, mother charged in connection with Plank Road shooting that killed one, hurt another

AT&T, Cricket Wireless offering special deals for customers amid COVID-19 pandemic

Boil advisory issued for portion of Livingston Parish

Staff member at Ollie Steele Burden Manor Nursing Home in BR tests positive for COVID-19

La. Dept. of Education offering resources to parents, educators to continue to teach students at home

  Driver, 3-year-old boy among 4 dead after car strikes house

EBRSO sets up hotline for concerned family members, loved ones of inmates

  Southern University confirms two cases of COVID-19

FDA warns public of fake COVID-19 testing kits, treatment drugs

La. to receive more than $3M in grants to help feed seniors amid coronavirus pandemic

  Police identify teen killed in shooting on Bles Avenue

  US Dept. of Education approves waiver for attendance, testing requirements amid COVID-19 pandemic

ExxonMobil taking steps to reduce staff to limit spread of COVID-19

Grocery stores offering special ‘seniors only’ hours amid COVID-19 pandemic