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.”

Education:

  • University of Southern Mississippi: Graphic Design

Recent Articles by Rachael

Man facing charges after allegedly dragging police officer with vehicle during traffic stop

Just as many people died in fires in La. in 2019 as year prior

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

Lyft donating to Carley McCord scholarship fund for every ride taken during LSU championship parade

King Cake Snob kicks off 5th annual competition for best king cake

La. ATC warns while state law has not changed, federal agencies may enforce change in smoking age

Christian non-profit group throws support behind 80 La. legislators who voted for a law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges

ALERT: Depression medication recalled due to labeling error

Dudley DeBosier offering codes for free Uber rides on New Year’s Eve

Funeral arrangements announced for teen, pilot killed in Lafayette plane crash that left 3 others dead

RECALL: Egg in veggie ramen may be contaminated with listeria

ALERT: Egg salad sandwiches recalled due to possible listeria contamination

Cat food recalled for potential health concerns

More La. residents able to get live-saving hep C treatment thanks to state’s new payment model

How does the new food stamp rule affect Louisianans?

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

CHECK YOUR FREEZER: Gelato sold at Whole Foods recalled for undeclared ingredient

Former Slaughter police officer convicted after punching fire chief at gas station

26-year-old man allegedly shoots 15-year-old in face after sexual disagreement

JPSO: Deputy fires shots at murder suspect apprehended in Tigerland

Baton Rouge man pleads guilty to multi-million dollar bank, wire fraud scheme

$2.3 million in grants awarded to La. for infrastructure improvements, workforce development

AG Landry announces 21 arrests by Medicaid Fraud Control Unit

Enrollment at SU now over 7,000 students; leaders hope to have 20k by 2030

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

5 arrested in heroin bust at multiple locations; multiple guns seized

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