Rachael Penton

JAM Anchor / Reporter / Meteorologist

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Rachael Penton is an anchor, reporter, and meteorologist with nearly a decade of experience in newsrooms across the country.

Rachael has earned the designation of "Certified Broadcast Meteorologist" from the American Meteorological Society, the highest honor in the field. Rachael earned a B.S. in meteorology from the University of South Alabama and an M.S. in geoscience from Mississippi State University.

Rachael started her career at KALB in 2012, filling a variety of roles - from weekend meteorologist to Jambalaya anchor.

After gaining experience working in Cenla she moved to Baton Rouge to join the team at WVLA. However, in search of an even bigger adventure Rachael then moved to Anchorage, Alaska to work for CBS affiliate KTVA. While in Alaska, Rachael forecasted the weather for the entire state, reporting on everything from extreme cold and winter storms to the aurora borealis and earthquakes.

In 2017 Rachael took a 5,700-mile road from Alaska to work at WSYX in Columbus, Ohio as a meteorologist and reporter, before rejoining KALB in 2019.

Rachael is a native of Mobile, Alabama but now has roots in Cenla after marrying a central Louisiana native. When she's not working, she loves planning trips and traveling internationally, reading, hiking, and cycling.


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