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.”

Education:

  • University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design

Recent Articles by Rachael

  Wreaths Across America ceremony in Baton Rouge set for Dec. 14

  Jury finds accused serial killer Ryan Sharpe guilty of first degree murder

  Seniors given free holiday lunch from Humana

This holiday season, give the gift of blood

  Victims fight back, fatally shoot alleged home intruder, armed robber off of Scenic Highway

  More than 400 receive degrees from Southern University

  Arrest made after sculpture on levee vandalized

Councilwoman hosting December to Remember Christmas gala and toy drive

  CRIME STOPPERS: Man wanted for reportedly trying to burn down house on Fairfields Avenue

Woman arrested for allegedly stabbing man in neck while he was sleeping

1 arrested, 1 wanted for allegedly stealing $50-100k of merchandise from business

Boil advisory issued for area in Walker

Man arrested on animal abuse charges after horse dies as officers respond

  Baton Rouge’s Real Time Crime Center receives major donation

La. has new goal for all students to graduate high school with college credit or vocational training

  St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon

  Store owner arrested, accused of buying stolen liquor, reselling it at store

  3 teens accused in vehicle burglaries in Denham Springs

14 La. artists nominated for 21 Grammy awards

For second time in a week, body scanner at Angola detects alleged drug smuggling

More than $2.2M in alcohol sold at Tiger Stadium in 2019

Nubian Kruzers United Motorcycle Club, NKU Foundation, and USMC host Christmas toy drive to benefit kids in Baton Rouge

  Dealership owner and his father die after their vehicle flips on Airline Highway

  Baton Rouge holds its annual Festival of Lights to ring in holiday season

  South Baton Rouge Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 7

  BRPD increasing DWI patrols over the holidays

Ascension Parish partners with Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank for free food distribution

Cat food recalled for potential health concerns

  Baton Rouge Bishop Michael Duca meets with Pope Francis in Rome

  More La. residents able to get live-saving hep C treatment thanks to state’s new payment model