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

Former DOC officer accused of having inappropriate relationship with inmate indicted; attorney claims it’s in retaliation for rape allegations against inmate

La. to receive $3M+ in Apple iPhone performance throttling lawsuit

Bars in Ascension Parish must close again after high positivity rate for two straight weeks

Gov. Edwards signs 34 bills into law

LSU Athletics laying off employees amid COVID-19 pandemic

Emergency SNAP benefits extended through November for La. families

LSUPD searching for person reportedly involved in sexual battery on campus

First death of Hurricane Zeta reported in New Orleans

Kansas tweets that head coach Les Miles has COVID-19

La. Secretary of State’s Office launches GeauxBot voter information resource

LSU now encouraging students to be tested for COVID-19 monthly

Man mowing lawns across the country visits veteran in Baton Rouge near end of 50-state tour

Budget sweeps cause treasurer’s office to temporarily halt unclaimed property payouts

The Blood Center in BR, NOLA areas puts out call for blood for Denham football player who collapsed during practice

Metro council to rehear Sterling settlement case after public comment overlooked

Court issues ruling on upcoming elections in La. amid pandemic

LSU announces changes for student tickets for this football season

AG’s Office announces more than 50 arrests connected to Paycheck Protection Program fraud

LSU football season will open at 25% capacity in Tiger Stadium; no tailgating allowed during 2020 season

Veterans home in E Feliciana Parish sees sudden spike in cases after months of being COVID-free

Sen. Bill Cassidy recovers from coronavirus

Corrections officer accused of having inappropriate sexual relationship with inmate

LSU students returning to campus for fall semester

Progressive, Farm Bureau announce car insurance rate decreases for the fall

LDH attributes 4th death to Multi-system Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Customs and Border Patrol agents seize more than $83k in counterfeit Louis Vuitton, Mac products

Denham Springs man sentenced for downloading hundreds of child porn images

Invasive species of snail adversely affecting crawfish, rice crops in Louisiana

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

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