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.”
Sept. 21 through 25 is Voter Registration Week in Louisiana, but many who tried to access the Secretary of State’s website Wednesday, Sept. 23, on National Voter Registration Day, were unable to do so.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday, Sept. 8 that low-income Louisiana residents recovering from Hurricane Laura could be eligible for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) benefits.
The Blood Center is putting out a call for blood donations for Remy Hidalgo, 16, a junior football player at Denham Springs High School who collapsed Tuesday, Sept. 15 during practice and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in New Orleans for treatment.
Since the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) launched to help businesses pay their employees to prevent great losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some people have of course tried to exploit the program and defraud the federal government of money.
The Zachary School District announced Thursday, Sept. 10 that as the state moves into Phase 3, school officials are working to transition from a hybrid learning model to traditional, in-person classes for 7th through 12th graders.
East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced Thursday, Sept. 10 that while she’s pleased with the progress the city-parish has made in recent weeks, the face mask mandate will remain in place throughout Phase 3.