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

American Idol Laine Hardy says he has recovered from COVID-19

Woman arrested after allegedly brandishing gun at people driving through flooded neighborhood

OMV closes 4 offices in La. due to traveling employee testing positive for COVID-19

USS KIDD will not host Fourth of July celebrations due to COVID-19

La. Dept. of Veterans Affairs launches letter-writing program to help support vets during pandemic

How to absentee vote by mail in Louisiana

Jamaican national sentenced for conspiracy to smuggle cocaine on cargo ship bound for U.S.

LSU says incoming student who posted video using racial slur will not be enrolled come fall

Gov. Edwards issues statement in support of renaming Middleton Library on LSU campus

Black student leaders at LSU announce Middleton Library will be renamed, pending board approval

LSU holds virtual graduation celebration

La. to receive $10M+ in funding for COVID-19 testing

Louisiana health officials host ‘tele-town hall’ on preparing for phases of reopening

La. attorney general calls for barbershops to be reopened

5 tips to prevent cabin fever amid stay-at-home orders

Statewide burn ban lifted after nearly a month

LDAF commissioner urges farmers to keep track of losses in order to get assistance from USDA

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

Gov. Edwards signs emergency order on unemployment

More medications to help treat symptoms of COVID-19 secured for La. patients

La. receives more than $45M worth of aid from FEMA for coronavirus response

La. National Guard distributing medical supplies across the state

LSP: La./Texas state line not ‘closed’, but some restrictions apply

La. colleges postpone spring commencement ceremonies due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic

La. to receive more than $3M in grants to help feed seniors amid coronavirus pandemic

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

Steve Scalise announces he’s self-quarantining after colleague tests positive for COVID-19

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

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