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

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

5 more plead guilty in 'Felony Lane Gang’ bank fraud scheme

1 in custody after 5 masked, armed males reportedly robbed Dollar General at gunpoint

JPSO: Deputy fires shots at murder suspect apprehended in Tigerland

New app can alert parents if registered sex offender contacts their child

Final debate trades substance for vitriol

Woman jailed after allegedly hitting pregnant woman with car during argument

3 arrested in connection with fatal double shooting in Tigerland

La. attorney general calls for crackdown on illegal online alcohol sales

Principal: Football player injured during Riverside-Southern Lab game ‘doing well’

AG Landry announces 21 arrests by Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

  Man whose dog was left in stolen truck to die pays for surgery for dog whose legs were cut off

Police report, surveillance video indicate couple involved in camel-biting incident may not have been entirely truthful