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 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.
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.
On Thursday, Aug. 1, the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) announced it has completed testing on the first batch of medical marijuana produced by LSU’s sub-contractor, GB Sciences.
On Monday, June 24, the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) issued its first permits to allow the legal sale of hemp-derived CBD products. Multiple temporary permits were issued, the office says, including five in the Baton Rouge area.
The executive director of the Louisiana State Troopers Association did not show up for work Tuesday, June 18, but does reportedly still have a job there two days after being arrested for allegedly firing a shot towards his daughter’s boyfriend during a family argument.