Rae Chelle Davis joined WQAD News 8 in October 2009 and can be seen weeknights co-anchoring the 5:00, 6:00, and 10:00 broadcasts.
In June 2010, Rae Chelle traveled to Haiti with several Quad City teachers to document their journey to help earthquake victims and start a program to educate and supply Haitian teachers. She produced and anchored an hour long special that was the first local news program in High Definition in the Quad Cities. Rae Chelle received first place for a news documentary from the Illinois News Broadcasters Association.
Leading up to the 2012 Iowa Caucus, Rae Chelle was the first to interview Michele Bachmann about the investigation into her small business’ therapy practices. Several news organizations including World News with Diane Sawyer aired the interview.
Prior to coming to the Quad Cities, Rae Chelle anchored and produced the top-rated weekend newscasts at WIBW-TV in Topeka, Kansas. During her time in the sunflower state, Rae Chelle covered the tornado that tore through Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Rae Chelle’s notable interviews include: Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, and Governor Sam Brownback. From floods, to politics and caucuses, to revealing the struggles of foster children, Rae Chelle covered the news that mattered to the people of Kansas.
One of Rae Chelle’s favorite opportunities at WIBW was co-hosting the MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon and emceeing the Topeka Start! Heart Walk for the American Heart Association. Rae Chelle created and hosted a golf tournament to raise money for the AHA. She also hosted a telethon for Helping Hands Humane Society. She loved helping find the animals forever homes while raising money for their new shelter.
Rae Chelle graduated Cum Laude from Western Kentucky University; she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting with a concentration in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. While attending WKU, Rae Chelle anchored, produced and reported for NewsChannel12 the school’s news station which aired on the PBS affiliate. Rae Chelle had the priveledge of serving as the president of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. She also received internships at KGTV in San Diego, California and later at KESQ in Palm Desert, California.
Since moving to the Quad Cities, Rae Chelle has found several ways to become involved in the community. She enjoys emceeing several events throughout the year on behalf of News 8. She recently began volunteering with Dress for Success, a program that empowers disadvantaged women by giving them the tools they need to find careers. Continuing her efforts to help women, Rae Chelle also volunteers at the King’s Harvest women and children shelter. ServeHaiti is another organization close to Rae Chelle’s heart and she hopes to not only continue volunteering with fundraising efforts, but also to travel back to Haiti soon. Rae Chelle works closely with the Better Business Bureau’s Integrity Awards which offers scholarships for students to attend college. After losing a very close friend to ALS, Rae Chelle participates in annual events to support the fight for a cure.
When she’s not chasing stories, anchoring newscasts, or volunteering, Rae Chelle enjoys spending time with her husband and six pound Bichon Poodle mix named Cooper, running and cycling the trails across the Quad Cities, and traveling.
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