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

  Thousands of people to run in Louisiana Marathon Jan. 17-19

  Teen accused of causing fiery fatal crash after ‘God told him to kill himself’ being sent back to mental facility until next court date

  75-year-old man accused of molestation of 6-year-old girl

  Multiple departments respond to second alarm fire on E Coliseum

Lyft donating to Carley McCord scholarship fund for every ride taken during LSU championship parade

New Roads to hold special parade for LSU’s Patrick Queen

  Arrest made in deadly Pocasset Street shooting

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit by car on Essen Lane

Clyde Edwards-Helaire announces for NFL Draft

LSU’s Jacob Phillips declares for NFL Draft

Ascension Parish president declares LSU Week in the parish

LSU fan starts GoFundMe to buy Clemson mascot new outfit after numerous jokes about its appearance

Police trying to identify suspected package thief

  Vehicle hits railing; driver ejected and killed on Airline at old bridge

  GOHSEP says severe weather Saturday could include tornadoes, strong winds, hail

  Traffic stop leads to human sex trafficking arrest in Port Allen

OMV gets new batch of inspection stickers after problems with glue

Miss. River expected to rise above 11’ at Carrollton gauge; Corps of Engineers activates inspections

Two finalists selected to present proposals for LSU lakes restoration project

  Emergency crews respond to serious wreck on Greenwell Springs Road in Central; 1 injured

  School cancelled at Assumption High Wednesday due to major water line break

Deputies respond to armed robbery at Starbucks on Corporate

King Cake Snob kicks off 5th annual competition for best king cake

La. ATC warns while state law has not changed, federal agencies may enforce change in smoking age

  Arrest made after 41-year-old man shot to death in Tigerland apartment in Nov.

  Suspect in custody after standoff on Ottawa Drive; third standoff in BR in a week

  La. to receive federal grant money for marine highway projects

  Ice cream recalled due to undeclared allergen

  SURVEILLANCE VIDEO: Person checking door handles of vehicles in Spanish Lakes neighborhood

  First expungement event of 2020 held Jan. 4