Hi! My name is Rachael O’Neil and I’m a Reporter at the best station around!

I’ll make this short and sweet. I love being a part of the New Orleans community—it truly is one of a kind. I’ve lived in about seven states and countless cities but I’ve never been to a place like NOLA and I’m loving every minute of it. You never know what you’re going to get in a city like this, and to me, that’s the best part. From the live bands to the soul food, New Orleans has a way of making me feel right at home.

I report on all things NOLA but I have a specific love for sports. You might catch me filming a charity event or riding the Mystic Krewe of the Seahorse in Bay St. Louis; I have a ball doing what I love. I get to capture real-life moments that last for years to come and I think that’s what I love most about my job.

I’m super active. I love to workout, go bowling, and indoor rock climbing. But you won’t catch me hiking or camping in the woods, I’m not much of an outdoors person.

I love to eat… well anything but beans and pickles (although I hear red beans and rice are one of NOLA’s signature dishes). Seafood and breakfast food are my favs!

Anyway, if you have a story idea, want to report something, or just want to chat, please email me @roneil@wgno.com!

Recent Articles
  • 13th Annual Cajun Zydeco Festival

      NEW ORLEANS – Fest-goers had a blast this weekend at Armstrong Park! Residents and tourists joined together to experience one pretty cultural event. The Cajun Zydeco Fest welcomed everyone to their 13th annual celebration. People from across the country made sure they were a part of the fun. NOLA danced their way through the weekend– as always, in style. Some live right down the street. Others were here for milestone celebrations. “It’s our one year anniversary– June the 21st” […]

  • Local baker turns herself to a millionaire

      NEW ORLEANS – Starting up a business can be hard, especially in the food industry but a New Orleans native made it happen! She’s been serving up delicious cupcakes for over ten years! Mignon Francois and her family are all smiles everyday! A lot has to do with her business, The Cupcake Collection. These boomin’ bakeries weren’t easy to start but Mignon knew she had to after her epiphany. “I was tired of being sick and tired. I was […]

  • Ponchatoula Junior High teacher fights for his job

      NEW ORLEANS – The battle continues for one Ponchatoula Junior High teacher. Wednesday morning, Arthur “Rusty” Barilleaux went to court in Tangipahoa parish fighting to get his job back. Barilleaux and another teacher, Brett Chatelain, were fired after a controversial video of the two breaking up a fight surfaced. A reinstatement hearing was held at the Amite courthouse. Some people are hoping both teachers will be reinstated. Others, aren’t too happy about the possibility. “It was wrong the way […]

  • T.S.A. reviews banned travel items

    NEW ORLEANS – Summer is almost here and traveling to your favorite places might get a little easier! M.S.Y. says knowing what to leave and take to the airport can lead to smoother experience at the checkpoints. The Louis Armstrong International Airport is growing in popularity, everyday. Last year alone, over 13 million passengers traveled in and out of M.S.Y., that’s why safety is the biggest concern for their staff. “We do screen approximately 21,000 passengers everyday at this airport […]

  • Local Park Hosts Annual Father’s Day Race

    NEW ORLEANS – Father’s Day breezed by last weekend at the Richard Newcomb Memorial Father’s Day Race! All families were invited to the annual event! What would the world be without father’s? They protect us, they bond with us, and they guide us through life– step by step. Every dad is special in their own way but one thing they have in common: they’re our heroes. “He always brings me to the fun stuff and always brings me to, like, […]

  • Governor Holds Meeting for Hurricane Protection Plan

    NEW ORLEANS – Governor John Bel Edwards is taking a good look at the new pumps to our city safe during hurricane season. The meeting is happening at 17th St. pump station! The Governor is scheduled to give a brief tour of the new facility at 10 AM today at the pump near the lake front. The topic of discussion is area protection, for the stormy season. The state-of-the-art pumps are a part of the plan. The corps of engineers […]

  • Saints Hold Day Two of Mini Camp

      NEW ORLEANS – It’s all about Saints City for the next couple of days! Our black and gold ballers are holding the second day of their three part event– the annual mini camp!  Fans couldn’t be more psyched to see their favorite players in action! Football season is in just 85 days, that’s why fans stood in line to get a sneak peak of the team. One superfan told WGNO, he wants to check out the new talent. “I […]

  • John F. Kennedy Seniors are still awaiting Graduation Status

      NEW ORLEANS – Parents and students of John F. Kennedy high school are still waiting for answers. Several kids are in limbo about their graduation status, almost a month after the rest of the 2019 class received their diplomas. The New Orleans charter high school is withholding transcripts and diplomas from some seniors due to grade-fixing accusations. The incident surfaced after a former data collector says he was “wrongfully fired” after he told New Beginnings, the charter school group […]

  • Community Member hosts Haircuts for the Homeless

      NEW ORLEANS – Haircuts for the Homeless set up shop at 10 AM Sunday morning. Owner and former barber, Gregory Harris, hosted the annual event. Being a New Orleans resident for over ten year, Gregory says the goal was to help out members of the community. “This is the second time I’ve done it and every time, I’m humbled.” Harris told WGNO. “Everything is out of pocket– we have no big sponsorship behind us. It’s just a great thing […]

  • French Market Hosts 33rd Annual Creole Tomato Festival

      NEW ORLEANS – Pride weekend ended with a bang! A special festival graced the French Market with a pretty cool fruit. The event brought culture and creativity! People traveled from all over the country to be a part of the two-day celebration. 912 North Peters Street was crowded for the 33rd Annual Creole Tomato Festival– an event that celebrates and promotes the fruit. Vendors like Brad Collins say, creole tomatoes have a different umph to them! “It’s a tomato […]

  • Voo Doo Fest Reveals 2019 Line Up

      NEW ORLEANS – One of the biggest festivals of the year just dropped some pretty important information! Hint: the people who hit the main stage. On Tuesday morning, the annual event finally revealed the 2019 Voo Doo Festival talent and the names are pretty hot! Guns N Roses, Beck, and Post Malone are just a few of this year’s entertainers! Zhu, Bishop Briggs, Snails, and Big Wild will also take the stage throughout the epic weekend. Voo Doo Fest […]

  • How you can get LSU Super-Regional Tickets

    NEW ORLEANS – The LSU Tigers advanced to the Super-Regional series which will take place this weekend. Season ticket holders had until yesterday afternoon to RSVP for their super seats. Public ticket sale information was announced this morning: BATON ROUGE SUPER REGIONAL@FSUBaseball at @LSUbaseball June 8 – 3:00 PM ET – ESPNJune 9 – 6:00 PM ET – ESPN2June 10 – 8:30 PM ET – ESPN (If Nec.) #RoadToOmaha pic.twitter.com/2x8PGK9dPX — NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 4, 2019 On Sunday, LSU […]

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