Rachael Krause has been at Spectrum News 13 since December 2019. Prior to this, Rachael worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at WAVE 3 in Kentucky, and also spent time in Illinois at WPSD, where she ran the southern bureau and reported in the region.
Her love for news comes from the opportunity to experience something fresh every day, and it allows her and her viewers to get to know new people in the community and hear their stories, struggles, and victories. Ultimately, news helps connect those in the community to their neighbors.
When it comes to storytelling, Rachael says it provides a chance for people watching at home to hear, see, and experience people’s lives in more meaningful ways. Throughout her time reporting, one of her most memorable stories is her coverage of an Indiana woman struggling with dementia who was granted a wish by her nursing home facility. The woman, a retired teacher, wanted more than anything to have one more day back in the classroom. Being allowed the chance to watch the woman’s speech and skills rebound at the sight of the schoolchildren and her presence in the classroom was an experience Rachael says was nothing short of amazing. More so, Rachael says it was the woman’s pure joy at being back in a classroom that hit home for her the most that day — it’s a moment Rachael will not forget.
Rachael is an award-winning journalist: She was named Kentucky’s top multimedia journalist of the year for 2016 by the Associated Press, and has also earned AP honors for best political coverage and best public affairs coverage. In addition, Rachael was also the recipient of a best writing award by the Kentucky News Photographers Association and was named one of the organization's three top multimedia journalists. Outside of the newsroom, Rachael likes to relax at home with her cat, Spaghetti, usually with a book in her hand or a movie on TV.