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

LSU announces changes to fall semester due to COVID-19

More than 470,000 La. children approved for Pandemic EBT program

Louisiana’s emergency election plan approved

La. AG says nursing home residents entitled to their stimulus checks

La. to receive nearly $100M for skilled nursing facilities to help combat COVID-19

Gov. says April unemployment rate for La. slightly lower than national average, but still more than double usual

18 children’s toys, products recently recalled

OMV to start offering limited services at 11 locations statewide May 18

UL System plans to resume in-person classes at its 9 schools this fall

  La. attorney general calls for barbershops to be reopened

Military flyover tribute honors healthcare workers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans

Statewide burn ban lifted after nearly a month

LSU to air special 3-hour pre-draft show Wednesday

More than $83M awarded to La. airports for COVID-19 response

Gov. Edwards’ COVID-19 Response Fund issues first grant to program feeding kids during pandemic

La. Attorney General’s Office launches COVID-19 task force to enforce directives from LDH

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus 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