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Rachael Cardin proudly became a part of the News 3 team in April 2016.

Born and raised by two loving and supportive parents in Central Massachusetts, Rachael is a New Englander at heart and loves traveling north during the colder months in hopes of seeing snow. Of course, she loves to visit her family and has three younger siblings that she enjoys bragging about to anyone who will listen.

Knowing from a young age that she wanted to be a reporter, Rachael told all her family and friends she would not pursue any other career. Attending Westfield State University to study Journalism and Media Arts & Analysis, Rachael earned degrees in Communication and Political Science while also being actively involved in her school’s Cross County and Track & Field teams. Being a captain, MVP and an NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, Rachael quickly applied her leadership and people skills to everyone she met and still uses those skills on a daily basis as a reporter.

Moving to southern West Virginia for her first job, Rachael learned as much as she could and made some lifelong friends before moving on to an NBC affiliate in North Carolina. Assigned as the Jacksonville Bureau, Rachael covered a variety of topics, but often found herself on base at Camp Lejeune or working alongside local law enforcement and fire fighters. Rachael said some of her favorite memories came from interacting with average citizens who had amazing stories to tell.

Rachael still visits North Carolina regularly to see friends and former colleagues and plans to retire somewhere along the Carolina coastline with at least two dogs and a boat.

Although she loved being near the beach in North Carolina, Rachael was anxious to advance her career and she knew Norfolk and Hampton Roads would be the perfect place to do it. After just one visit to News 3 and Downtown Norfolk, she was sold.

Rachael loves living in the 757 now and you can often find her running along the water, sun bathing in Virginia Beach or testing out local restaurants anywhere and everywhere.
Her favorite stories to tell are the ones that move an audience and Rachael hopes to do this continuously throughout her time at News 3.

You can also send your story ideas to Rachael at
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