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.”
Authorities say a man suspected of shoplifting and accused of firing an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy’s gun during a struggle at the Cortana Walmart in Baton Rouge Monday, June 15 has been arrested.
LSU and SU students rallied for unity Friday night (June 12) as a national dialogue on race continues after a white Minneapolis police officer knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, killing him.
Pilots from Barksdale Air Force Base and the Louisiana Air National Guard flew over medical facilities in Baton Rouge and New Orleans on Friday to honor healthcare workers, essential employees, and volunteers working in the fight against COVID-19.
As of Wednesday, April 22, the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) says it has paid out $561,358,411 in unemployment benefits to more than 302,000 Louisiana residents whose job was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Many rumors have been circulating social media about alcohol sales in Louisiana being suspended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control (ATC) says this is false.
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards sent a letter to lawmakers Tuesday, March 17 asking the Department of Education to waive many testing and attendance requirements for students for the remainder of the school year due to classes being canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey has announced that attendance at all LSU athletic events and other SEC schools will be restricted to student-athletes, coaches, families, officials, essential personnel, and credentialed media. Fans will not be allowed to attend.