Rachel Richlinski

Rachel Richlinski

Sports Director

Jackson, MS

In May of 2016, Rachel graduated from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication, packed her belongings, and headed to Jackson, Mississippi to begin her career as a sports broadcast journalist.

Prior to working for WLBT she interned at WAFB in Baton Rouge and WWL in New Orleans.

In her first two years in the ‘Sip, Rachel had the opportunity to cover many noteworthy events.

Starting with the coaching carousel of 2017 – 2018, Rachel reported on Hugh Freeze’s departure from Ole Miss along with the NCAA investigation, Dan Mullen’s exit from Mississippi State for Florida, Andy Kennedy’s separation from Ole Miss basketball, and the rise and fall of Andy Cannizaro at MSU.

She also covered MSU women’s basketball during an historic era, following the Bulldogs as they reached back-to-back National Championship games for the first time ever. Rachel traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the 2016 Sweet 16, Kansas City, Missouri for the 2017 Sweet 16, and Columbus, Ohio for the 2017 Final Four.

Additionally, Rachel made the trip to Omaha, Nebraska in 2018 for Mississippi State baseball’s magical run as the Diamond Dawgs made it to the College World Series for the first time in five seasons, doing it without a head coach.

At the prep level, she followed Clinton High School and Pearl High School as they both won their first state titles in program history. During CHS’s run in 2016, Rachel covered now Florida State standout, Cam Akers. (She also got run over during an Akers’ touchdown and had to have X-rays taken… But, that’s a story for another time.)

Growing up in south Louisiana, Rachel’s world revolved around sports, playing softball and volleyball her entire life up until college. Most famous for hitting a homerun in the first high school varsity game she ever started. After that, she did her civic duty of keeping the bench warm.

Rachel has been surrounded by SEC athletics from the start and although she enjoys all sports, she’s found a true passion for college baseball and football.

On her days off, you can find Rachel hanging out with her beloved maltipoo, Channing, or at the gym… Or napping. 😊

Rachel’s favorite stories to tell involve going beyond the highlights and connecting sports with a community. She also loves a good joke.

If you have a story idea, please email her at rrichlinski@wlbt.com.


  • Louisiana State University

Recent Articles by Rachel

Matt Wallner delivers 10th-inning game-winning home run to beat Rice in C-USA opener

Bulldogs’ season ends in Seattle Regional finals

Three earn All-SEC honors for Ole Miss baseball

Two specialty awards, four first-team picks highlight Mississippi State baseball’s All-SEC honorees

Ole Miss softball takes two, earns second-ever trip to NCAA Super Regionals

Rebels within striking distance for match play at NCAA Championships

Matt Wallner named C-USA hitter of the week

Bulldogs advance to Seattle Regional finals behind Davidson’s historic night

Second round suspended at NCAA Women’s Championships

Ole Miss softball advances to Championship Sunday

MSU softball falls to No. 2 Washington, 6-1; Preps for elimination contest

Mississippi State baseball claims share of west division title on Saturday versus South Carolina

Southern Miss falls in regular season-finale; Wallner becomes school home run leader

Conference USA Tournament pairings set

Ole Miss caps regular season with win at Tennessee

Rebel Bats Stifled in 2-0 Loss to Louisiana

Southern Miss evens series with UAB with 10-5 Friday night victory

Southern Miss drops UAB opener in extra innings Thursday night

Mississippi State rolls past South Carolina, 24-7

MSU signs graduate transfer quarterback Tommy Stevens

Tennessee tops Ole Miss in Game 1 in Knoxville

Mississippi State baseball’s Mangum, Small named semifinalists for Dick Howser Trophy

Grae Kessinger named semifinalist for Brooks Wallace Award

Jackson State blasts UAPB 14-4 and advances in SWAC Baseball Tournament

Atlanta Braves select contract of Austin Riley

Mississippi State baseball’s Mangum, Small tabbed Golden Spikes Award semifinalists

Texas Southern edges Jackson State in extras

Bulldogs secure 15th NCAA Tournament bid; earn Seattle Regional berth

NCAA Softball Regional returning to Oxford

  Northwest Rankin forces game three on walk-off win over DeSoto Central