Rachael Ruiz is a host and reporter on “eightWest,” which airs weekdays at 11 a.m. on WOOD TV8. She helped launch the lifestyle and entertainment show in 2009. Before that, Rachael worked as an anchor and reporter at the station.
As a part of “eightWest,” Rachael continues her passion for storytelling but now focuses on topics like health, food, fitness, travel and local business. Some of her “eightWest” adventures involve hot-air ballooning, flying a plane, skydiving with the U.S. Army Golden Knights, and skating with the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls. Rachael also enjoys cooking alongside area chefs and showcasing restaurants on the show. She’s also logged lots of miles in Northern Michigan, doing stories on unique destinations to visit.
Rachael was born and raised in West Michigan and is proud to call Grand Rapids home. Her career has spanned the state. Before coming to WOOD TV8, she worked in television news in the Lansing and Flint/Saginaw markets. Rachael is also a proud Spartan! She graduated with a journalism degree from Michigan State University.
Rachael doesn’t sit still very much. She’s the mother of two daughters. She enjoys running, biking, working out, cooking and home renovation. She also spends a lot of time in the water… boating and stand-up paddle boarding. Her family also enjoys attending local theatre productions and is an avid supporter of the arts community.
Rachael has served on the boards of many local organizations, including the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, YWCA West Central Michigan, D.A. Blodgett for Children and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.