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.”
University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design
The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced Monday, Aug. 19 that since June 5, sixteen horses have texted positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and one has tested positive for West Nile Virus.
The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office held its 10th Annual Awards Banquet Thursday, Aug. 15 at Healing Place Church to honor the men and women in the department who have gone above and beyond what’s expected of them.
An undocumented immigrant from Mexico, with a history of drunk driving convictions, has been sentenced to time in a federal prison following his conviction for re-entering the country illegally, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday, Aug. 12.
An employee with the Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC) has been arrested after an inmate was reportedly found to be in possession of contraband, which led to the discovery of an inappropriate relationship between the inmate and the employee.
The East Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Office confirms it’s investigating after a video surfaced on Snapchat early on Wednesday, Aug. 7 of a Slaughter police officer punching another man in a gas station parking lot.
Iberville Parish Sheriff Brett Stassi is calling on the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) to study a section of LA 1 due to numerous wrecks and pedestrian fatalities in recent years.
On Monday, Aug. 5, an East Feliciana Parish grand jury returned no true bills of indictment for an officer and deputy involved in the shooting death of Myron Flowers, who was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Clinton in April.