Rachael Rafanelli joined WINK News in July 2011 as a general assignment reporter.
Rachael comes to southwest Florida after spending two years as a reporter/weekend anchor at KMVT-TV in Twin Falls, Idaho.
She is originally from Washington state, where she grew up on a farm, showing beef cattle in 4-H.
Rachael is a proud 2009 Washington State University graduate of the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication – go Cougs! Her 7-minute documentary on the Pullman Fire Department earned her an Emmy nomination in 2010. She was also recognized by the Idaho Press Club for journalism excellence in 2011, for reporting on the dangers of drunk driving.
Rachael and her husband John (a math/reading teacher at Gulf Middle School in Cape Coral) are now thrilled to call Florida home.
E-mail her at email@example.com
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