I was born and raised in the Nashville area, but I’m proud to call East Tennessee home.

I first joined the WBIR family as an intern while in college at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Just after my internship, I was hired as a photojournalist/editor.

After graduation, I launched my reporting career at WKPT-TV in Kingsport, Tennessee. In a year’s time, I was ready to come back to the place where I fell in love with storytelling.

In November of 2015, I returned to WBIR to join the Live at Five at Four team. I’m thrilled with the opportunity to showcase what makes the people and places of East Tennessee so unique.

I enjoy being outdoors, traveling and cheering on the Vols with my better half, Junior. We also have two adorable hound dogs named Coach and Milo.

I’d love to tell your story! Find me on Twitter (@RachelDownsWBIR) or Facebook (Rachel Downs WBIR).