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Rachel graduated from Quinnipiac University with a degree in broadcast journalism. After graduation she worked for various talk TV programs including the Bethenny Show and the Dr. Oz Show as a production assistant in New York City. Rachel has been in Chicago for the past three years and worked at WFLD – the Fox affiliate there. She was a sales assistant as well as interned for the morning news program – Good Day Chicago with the morning meteorologist. Rachel is studied at Mississippi State University where she received a certification in meteorology. Rachel is originally from the Nutmeg State and is very excited to return home. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with family and friends, going on walks with her dog. She also enjoy traveling, reading, going to the movies and creating music playlists for every occasion.

Recent Articles
  • Sunny, temps near 40; Tracking nor-easter for the weekend

      It’s another quiet night with lows in 20s. Friday will remain in the 40s with a few more clouds around, but sunshine will make its way through from time to time as well! We have one hiccup which just happens to fall on the weekend before another quiet stretch other weather for next week. No major storms on the seven day forecast. For all you snow lovers, unfortunately the storm on Saturday just wont do it for us. The […]

  • Connecticut football player celebrates birthday of little girl he helped

    Over the weekend two familiar faces had a celebration to attend at Children’s National Hospital. Two year old Eleanor and 19-year-old Michael Mushaw, a CCSU football player celebrated Eleanor’s birthday! The two met under unfortunate circumstances when Eleanor’s family found out she needed a bone marrow transfusion. Mushaw was a perfect match. The pair met for the first time back in 2019 after Eleanor was discharged from the hospital. She also attended one of his football games in November. You […]

  • Why are so many earthquakes impacting Puerto Rico?

    Puerto Rico has been shaking and rumbling, the recent series of earthquakes causing major damage to cities and infrastructure. The strongest earthquake recorded Tuesday, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake. FOX61’s Rachel Piscitelli spoke with Geology and Geophysics Yale Professor Maureen Long to learn more about why this is happening. Professor Long explained the earth is made up of plate tectonics and “those plates are moving around in respect to each other so sometimes the two plates may come together sometimes they […]

  • Record warm temperatures this weekend!

    It’s a record-breaking weekend! Bradley Airport hit 68 degrees yesterday, smashing the original record back in 1983 of 60 degrees. It was our third warmest January day in the Hartford area’s 115-year period of records. Impressive, to say the least. It felt like spring Saturday, and it still does today! Temperatures are starting off the day at record levels, with Bradley breaking the record high of 60 for the 2nd straight day. Meanwhile, it was a windy night and it’s […]

  • Westport dog teaches kids about acceptance

    WESTPORT – Piglet, a double dapple Dachshund, born deaf and blind, is giving back to the community through the Piglet Mindset. Adopted by Melissa Shapiro and her husband, Piglet quickly gained national attention through Instagram, with the account gaining one-hundred and seventy-thousand follows and climbing. Melissa Shapiro explained the Piglet mindset “the piglet mindset educational outreach that we have that really revolves around the lesson plans and PowerPoint we have online there’s texts showing how he overcomes and challenges and […]

  • Daytrippers: Northern Lights at Mystic Aquarium

    MYSTIC – This time of year becomes more mystical at Mystic Aquarium. The aquarium transforms into a winter wonderland inspired by the Arctic and the Northern Lights. All outdoor exhibits are open, guests can see the beluga whales, sea lions and much more, all while sipping on a hot cocoa and strolling through a sea of lights. Kristen Waddell, the Assistant Supervisor of the California Sea Lion show explains “the hope is that as the years go on this is […]

  • Video: The difference between snow, sleet & freezing rain

    Meteorologist Rachel Piscitelli explains how snow, sleet and freezing rain are formed and what it means for you on the ground.

  • Lifetime’s Christmas movie filmed entirely in Connecticut airs Sunday night

    HARTFORD —  It was a sunny day back in September, and the windows along Pratt Street were already filled with Christmas decorations. No, it wasn’t a super-early Black Friday deal. Just a bit of movie magic for a Lifetime film shot entirely in Connecticut. FOX61 showed you a bit of that filming back in the fall, and now you can see the finished product. “Rediscovering Christmas” premieres on the Lifetime channel at Sunday night. Lifetime’s summary of the film is: […]

  • WorkinCT: Favarh in Canton

    It’s a business that fuses two businesses together. Favarh, based in Canton, started back in 1958 when services for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities were limited. Parents raised money and started a day school and the rest was history! The program focuses on placing adults in recreational activities, residential communities and work programs like the one we explored for this week’s WorkinCT. At Plymouth Springs, a Bristol-based manufacturing company, six Favarh workers work the line while adding to the […]

  • Aspire to inspire: Paralyzed New Britain man is defying odds

    NEW BRITAIN — A video of a New Britain man climbing the stairs at his gym while carrying his wheelchair posted on Facebook is quickly going viral. Iurane Smart Jr. is paralyzed from the chest down. He was involved in a dirt bike accident back in 2017 and has gone through years of therapy. The accident changed his life forever, but it didn’t change his limits. He began hitting the gym one year ago. “I don’t think there are any limitations […]

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