Home is where the heart is, and for Rachel Lucas her heart is right here in Southwest Virginia. No stranger to the Appalachian Mountains, Rachel grew up on a farm in Giles County and is thrilled to be providing news coverage for the place she calls home.
After graduating from Giles High School in 2006, Rachel pursued her dream of journalism at Concord University in Athens, West Virginia. While a Mountain Lion, she competed for Concords All Girl Division II cheerleading squad and represented her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha as Concords 2009 Homecoming Queen.
She got her start in news at her college news station and landed her first job at WVVA News in Bluefield, West Virginia shortly after graduation. While in the Mountain State, Rachel launched WVVA’s first news bureau in Greenbrier County. There she covered everything from the storm damage after Derecho, to the excitement of the PGA Tours Greenbrier Classic.
While reporting on the frontlines at Virginia Tech, Rachel helped her news team receive Best Spot News Award from the West Virginia Broadcasters Association for their coverage of the tragic shooting of a Virginia Tech Police Officer.
While working in the stations home base nestled in East River Mountain, it wasn’t out of the ordinary for a bear or any other wild critter to pay a visit to the newsroom – one of Rachel’s favorite memories from working in Bluefield.
An avid Hokie and Redskins fan, Rachel is excited to be back in the commonwealth with her two dogs Gibbs and Phoenix where a nice Sunday family dinner is just a short drive away.
Rachel loves hearing from viewers! For news tips or just to say hello email Rachel at email@example.com