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

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

3 reported dead after plane that took off from Baton Rouge crashes in Jackson Parish

La. sending resources to Puerto Rico after recent earthquakes

LSP graduates 51 new troopers

Woman becomes first female African American captain in Louisiana State Police history

After LSU fan starts GoFundMe to buy Clemson mascot new outfit, money raised will be used to save wild tigers worldwide

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

Clyde Edwards-Helaire announces for NFL Draft

LSU’s Jacob Phillips declares for NFL Draft

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

ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

How you can help Louisiana’s wetlands with your old Christmas tree

Sandwich cookies sold at Whole Foods recalled due to undeclared allergen

St. Helena Parish deputy shoots, kills man who allegedly came to door with weapon

More than $2.2M in alcohol sold at Tiger Stadium in 2019

3 arrested after teen boy shot, killed walking home from school

Man accused of raping female LSU student in parking lot of dorm

Visitor charged after allegedly trying to smuggle synthetic marijuana into prison inside body