Rachael Penton joined the KALB team in February 2012 as a Meteorologist/Reporter. In May 2013, Rachael was promoted to Weekend Anchor/Reporter. Rachael wears many "hats" here at KALB and also fills-in as a Meteorologist, when needed.
She comes to CenLa from Mobile, Alabama where she was born and raised.
In May 2011, she received her bachelor's degree in meteorology from the University of South Alabama as well as a minor in geography.
Rachael most recently worked as a weather intern at WLOX-TV in Biloxi, Mississippi, but has also gained valuable experience through both weather and news internships with WKRG-TV in Mobile.
Rachael's interest in weather was first sparked by watching the famous 1996 movie "Twister" when she was a young girl. However, it was after visiting the site of an F2 in the year 2000 and witnessing the devastation firsthand that she became enthralled by the science.
In addition to forecasting the weather, Rachael enjoys traveling, relaxing by any of the Gulf Coast's beautiful beaches, watching Alabama Crimson Tide football, and spending time with family and friends. She is also currently working on her master's degree in Geosciences with a concentration in Applied Meteorology through Mississippi State University.
In addition to her dedication to meteorology, Rachael also has a passion for news and in additon to anchoring the Weekend Edition on KALB, she also does special reports for the station including the "Young Achiever Spotlight" seen regularly on News Channel 5 and CBS 2 during the school year.
Rachael is looking forward to exploring the people and places of Central Louisiana and calling Alexandria her home away from home.