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

La. state fire marshal issues statewide burn ban amid COVID-19 pandemic

Entergy launches COVID-19 relief fund for customers in need, offers ways to keep energy bill down

La. Dept. of Education offering resources to parents, educators to continue to teach students at home

US Dept. of Education approves waiver for attendance, testing requirements amid COVID-19 pandemic

Walmart now putting restrictions on some items, introducing senior shopping hour

LSU moving to online classes amid spread of coronavirus

LSU, other SEC schools restricting attendance at all sporting events due to coronavirus

Deadline to register online to vote in La. presidential primary March 14

Man arrested after allegedly throwing bag of live puppies off bridge into water

La. to receive $85M to deepen lower Mississippi River to 50 feet

Runnels announces closure of high school

La. senators introduce bill to make mail-order chemical abortions illegal

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

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

Joe Burrow’s high school to rename football stadium after him

14 La. artists nominated for 21 Grammy awards

Gov. Edwards will not hold inaugural ball the same day as National Championship game

Final debate trades substance for vitriol

President Trump taps La. native as next energy secretary

Ascension Parish deputy accidentally shoots another deputy

Gonzales man accused of pointing rifle at deputy during traffic stop, then jumping off bridge

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

Man arrested after allegedly abusing, impregnating 16-year-old

30 cases of severe lung disease due to vaping reported in Louisiana

ARRESTED: Man accused of tricking elderly woman into giving him money turns himself in

LSU Athletics warns DirecTV, AT&T customers may not be able to watch LSU game vs. Northwestern State

Operating license revoked after child reportedly left in locked van at St. Amant daycare

CAUGHT: La. man accused of taking two school buses on joyrides

10 inmates injured in lightning strike while playing flag football