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.”
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) has released a slew of information for parents/guardians and educators so that students can continue to learn while schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
The online voter registration deadline in Louisiana is approaching quickly, and Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin is reminding voters that only registered Democrats and Republicans will be eligible to vote in the presidential primary on Saturday, April 4.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise announced Monday, Feb. 10 that the US Army Corps of Engineers 2020 Work Plan includes funding for infrastructure projects in Louisiana, including $85 million to deepen the Mississippi River to 50 feet.
Runnels School announced Friday, Feb. 7 its high school division will close at the end of the current school year. The school says the decision was made unanimously by the Runnels Board of Trustees due to insufficient enrollment for the upcoming school year.
On Tuesday, Jan. 28, Governor John Bel Edwards announced changes to Louisiana State Police’s (LSP) Protective Services unit. Captain Treone Larvadain has been promoted to lead the unit, making her the first African American female captain in LSP history.
Jack Jordan, the teen accused of causing a fiery car wreck that left one woman dead after “God told him to kill himself” is now being sent back to a mental health facility until his next court appearance.
The Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) says 29 cases of pulmonary illness linked to vaping have been reported in Louisiana, as of Friday, Oct. 25. The cases range from ages 17 to 71 years old. A statewide alert was first issued Thursday, Sept. 5 when 9 cases were reported.
DirecTV and AT&T customers may not be able to watch the LSU vs. Northwestern State game on Saturday, Sept. 14 due to issues regarding reaching a deal with the Disney family of networks, which include ESPN, the SEC Network, ABC, and AT&T.