Rachel Ripp, born and raised in Olathe, Kansas, joined the News West 9 team in October of 2019.

She graduated from Pepperdine University with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism.

During her four years in college, Rachel worked as a general assignment reporter, news writer, and video editor for Newswaves 32, Pepperdine University’s student-run biweekly newscast. 

She reported and anchored for Pepperdine’s sportscast, The Sports Report. She also served as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Graphic, Pepperdine’s student-led print newspaper.

Additionally, Rachel acted as a Student Producer for Pepperdine Athletics and a Media Coordinator for Pepperdine’s marketing club, The Waves Effect.

Throughout her time in college and shortly thereafter, Rachel interned for 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.

Rachel loves rooting for the Chicago Bears and Kansas City Royals. 

She enjoys water sports, tennis, suspenseful movies, peanut butter ice cream and Kansas City BBQ.

Rachel is excited to tell stories that matter about the people of West Texas.

If you have any story idea you’d like to share, big or small, Rachel can be reached via email, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.