Rachel DePompa

Rachel DePompa

Investigative reporter

Rachel DePompa is NBC12's On Your Side Investigator. Rachel grew up in Waldorf, Md., and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in broadcast journalism.Before joining WWBT in March of 2008 Rachel worked in Roanoke, Bristol and Harrisonburg.


  • 5 Edward R Murrow Awards for Investigative Reporting
  • 2016 Most Outstanding Effort by an Individual Reporter from the Virginia Associated Press Broadcasters
  • 3-time Emmy winner, 5 time Emmy nominee
  • 5 first place honors from the Virginia Association of Broadcasters


  • University of Maryland, Journalism

Recent Articles by Rachel

  Watching Your Wallet: Student loan debt reaches all-time high

Target launches new ‘Target Circle’ loyalty program

  Watching Your Wallet: Decade-by-decade, experts help you save for retirement

Watching Your Wallet: Experts say to shop around for the best deals on car insurance and cell phone plans

Tens of thousands report new Social Security scheme

Free fitness apps aid in summer health

  Watching Your Wallet: Make the most of your summer vacation

Federal government issues malware streaming warning

New scam tricks phone users into changing PIN

Filing some insurance claims may hurt you

Watching Your Wallet: Spring housing market secrets revealed

Tips to save money on beauty products

  DNA Detectives: Scientists combining forensics with genealogy break ‘unsolvable’ cases

Financial impacts of emergency room visits

  Digital rollbacks: Millions of cars have false mileage on odometers

How to avoid overspending to prepare for spring, summer

Watching Your Wallet: Experts give advice on reining in your tax refund

Financial scams targeting older Americans quadrupled in 4 years

‘Unhackable’ alarm systems for cars may not be so smart after all

How to keep prom costs down

  Watching Your Wallet: Thousands of consumer complaints hidden in federal watchdog database

Mystery charges? It could be from a new game kids are playing

Take steps to protect children’s identity

Tax refunds may be delayed due to IRS backlog

  Watching Your Wallet: Experts explain the new tax code in simple terms

Crime ring caught selling fake cars on eBay, Craigslist

New technology makes finding missing pets easier

  Multiple sex offenders found on Facebook despite ban

New Apple scam more sophisticated than usual

Myths about personal care could be costing you money