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.”
The Southern University Law Center (SULC) has launched a mental health app for students called META. The teletherapy app offers mobile counseling services to students so they can gain easy access to mental health providers.
Congressman Garret Graves has written a letter to the National Oceanic an Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) asking them to allocated the remaining $100 million in fisheries disaster assistance to Louisiana to go towards mitigating the impacts of the recent openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
On Monday, Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) announced more than $7.5 million in grants for nine Marine Highway projects in nine different states. Louisiana is one of those states.
Three people have been arrested after a dog was found with its back legs sawed off in Slidell. Now, a man who recently lost his dog in a tragic way is stepping up to help the abused dog, Buddy the dachsund.
United States Senators John Kennedy, R-La., Doug Jones, D-Ala., and Bill Cassidy, R-La. have filed the Be Safe Act of 2019 to improve evacuation routes in rural areas by launching a $100 million competitive grant program for construction work on roads and bridges.