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.”

Contact Rachael via email at rachael.thomas@wafb.com

Education:

  • University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design

Recent Articles by Rachael

Body of teen recovered from Amite River

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Hammond man charged with rape, home invasion may be connected to other crimes

LSU plans to distribute one mask to every student, faculty and staff member in time for fall semester

  Woman arrested after allegedly brandishing gun at people driving through flooded neighborhood

OMV closes 4 offices in La. due to traveling employee testing positive for COVID-19

Gov. Edwards says not enough Louisianans have filled out 2020 Census

Suspected thief accused of firing EBRSO deputy’s gun at Cortana Walmart arrested in Indiana

LSU says incoming student who posted video using racial slur will not be enrolled come fall

LSU, SU come together for ‘Enough is Enough: Rally for Unity’

Black student leaders at LSU announce Middleton Library will be renamed, pending board approval

Louisiana’s emergency election plan approved

La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

Military flyover tribute honors healthcare workers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Family members greet new baby from outside hospital, giant sign in hand

5 tips to prevent cabin fever amid stay-at-home orders

LWC pays more than $560M in unemployment benefits, changes how to file weekly certification

La. receives more than $45M worth of aid from FEMA for coronavirus response

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

ATC says at this time, alcohol sales in La. have NOT been suspended

FDA warns public of fake COVID-19 testing kits, treatment drugs

US Dept. of Education approves waiver for attendance, testing requirements amid COVID-19 pandemic

Steve Scalise announces he’s self-quarantining after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

Walmart now putting restrictions on some items, introducing senior shopping hour

FOUND: Two children taken by mother found safe

LSU, other SEC schools restricting attendance at all sporting events due to coronavirus

New food stamp work requirements take effect April 1

POLICE: Arrest made after driver crashes into home, killing elderly man inside, then fleeing the scene

LSU research and training center preparing for potential coronavirus threat

Teen accused in multiple armed robberies near LSU