Rebecca Thomas has been informing viewers, as a broadcast journalist, for more than 18-years. She joined FOX 7 Austin in September of 2015 to anchor FOX 7 News at 5, 9 and 10 p.m. - with veteran Austin journalist, Mike Warren.
Originally from Southern California, Rebecca came to Austin from Phoenix, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for the ABC affiliate and then 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, AZ.
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.
Rebecca has embraced everything about Austin - enjoying its vibrant, local food and music scenes.
An avid explorer of the great outdoors, you can find her kayaking Lady Bird Lake and 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 is also a strong proponent of organ donation – whether it be registering to be an organ donor or becoming a living donor.
In November of 2015, Rebecca donated one of her kidneys to her mother – whose own kidneys had failed after a lifelong battle with Lupus, an auto-immune disorder.
The transplant was a success and today both Rebecca and her mother are in good health!
In 2016, Rebecca was proud to be able to tell the story of Charles Nelson – a 100-percent service-connected disabled veteran from Leander - who was battling the VA to get them to pay for his living donor transplant through the VA Choice Program.
The VA denied coverage because the living donor, his son Coty, was not a veteran – forcing the family to use Medicare to pay for the live-saving surgery.
Rebecca’s coverage got the attention of U.S. Senator John Cornyn of Texas and U.S. Representative John Carter of Texas – who introduced twin bills (Veterans Transplant Coverage Act) in the Senate and House.
The legislation, which is still pending, clarifies the Choice Act and directs the VA to use the program to pay for living donor transplants at participating transplant centers.
Last, but not least, Rebecca is the proud mother of a 23-year-old daughter – whom she hopes to lure to Austin one day!
Rebecca believes that some of the most compelling stories come from you, our viewers.