Rebecca Thomas has been informing viewers, as a broadcast journalist, for more than 16-years – and, is proud to join veteran Austin journalist Mike Warren on FOX 7 News at 5, 9 and 10pm.
Originally from Southern California, Rebecca comes to Austin from Phoenix, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate and, most recently, the CBS affiliate.
During her time in Arizona, she covered the state’s controversial immigration law SB 1070 and she was one of the first reporters on scene of the tragic Yarnell Hill wildfire that killed 19 hot shot firefighters from Prescott.
Prior to Phoenix, Rebecca was the morning anchor for KMIR, the NBC affiliate in her hometown of Palm Desert (Palm Springs). Before that, she worked as an anchor and reporter for KESQ, the ABC affiliate.
After graduating from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism in 1999, Rebecca got her start as an anchor and reporter at KYMA in Yuma.
Journalism runs in Rebecca's blood. Her grandfather was the editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner in the 1960s and 1970s and her uncle is a retired photographer and photo editor for the Los Angeles Times.
Rebecca initially planned to follow in their footsteps and work as a newspaper reporter, but a college internship at KUSI in San Diego changed that. She was bitten by the broadcasting bug.
Her favorite thing about working as a local news journalist is connecting with people in the community – everybody has a story to tell.
After just a short time in Austin, Rebecca has embraced everything about the city - enjoying its vibrant, local food and music scenes.
An avid explorer of the great outdoors, you can find her hiking Austin’s trails with her three pound puppies.
And, on that topic – some of Rebecca’s greatest passions are encouraging pet adoption and pit bull rescue efforts.
She’s also the proud mother of a 21-year-old daughter – whom she hopes to lure to Austin!
Rebecca believes that some of the most compelling stories come from you, our viewers.