COLUMBIA, S.C. — Rachel Ripp, born and raised in Olathe, Kansas, joined the WLTX News19 team in November 2021.
Rachel Ripp is a Multi-Skilled Journalist at WLTX-TV in Columbia, SC where she covers a range of topics as a general assignment reporter and member of the Street Squad team. Street Squad is in counties across the Midlands telling stories you want to see on TV and asking questions you want answers to in Orangeburg, Lexington, Irmo, Sumter and Columbia to name a few locations.
Originally from the suburbs outside of Kansas City, Rachel loves her fair share of KC BBQ, along with cheering on the Royals and Chiefs.
Prior to joining WLTX, she worked in Midland, Texas with our sister station Newswest 9. While in West Texas, Rachel worked as a dayside Multi-Skilled Journalist, fill-in Weekend Anchor and fill-in Associate Producer, covering a U.S. presidential visit, a mass shooting anniversary, the February 2021 Texas winter storm, oil and gas industry advancements, elections and education stories.
She graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.
During her time in college, she completed 6 internships. This included working with the ABC affiliate KMBC in Kansas City, the sports marketing agency, Wasserman in Los Angeles, ESPN 3 (Big West Productions) in Irvine, ESPN’s national show Around the Horn in both Denver, Colorado and Washington D.C., and the Colorado Springs Gazette in Colorado Springs.
In her free time, Rachel loves rooting for the Chicago Bears, working out at Orangetheory, playing tennis, volunteering at the soup kitchen, listening to true crime podcasts and going to the beach.
Although she loves being from the Midwest, Rachel can’t wait to fully immerse herself into Columbia’s community. She’s excited to tell meaningful stories that inform and make our city a better place to live.