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Emmy award-winning journalist and author Chad Tucker grew up in the Stokes County community of King, where at the age of 12 he landed his first broadcasting job as a radio announcer for WKTE-AM. He got his first taste of journalism while in high school, writing for his hometown paper, the former King Times-News.

Chad began his television career while a student at East Carolina University, as a news producer for CBS affiliate WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C. Chad earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in instructional technology from East Carolina. After graduation, he turned to the other side of the camera, reporting and anchoring the weekend news, then the morning show for WNCT. In June 2002, he joined the FOX8 family and today anchors the 4 p.m. news and reports for the 10 o’clock news.

In January of 2010, Chad received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science for his story on the historic Nancy Reynolds School in Stokes County. The story also gained him first place in education reporting by the Radio and Television News Directors Association of the Carolinas (RTNDAC). RTNDAC also awarded Chad two silver awards for his reporting in education in 2008 and spot news reporting in 2006. He also received an Emmy nomination for spot news reporting in 2006 and general assignment reporting on increased adoptions at the Stokes County Animal Shelter in 2012.

Readers of Smitty’s Notes voted Chad one of the “best male TV news personalities” in the 2007 “The Best of Winston-Salem” awards. Chad and his colleagues at WNCT-TV won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd and the floods that followed in September 1999.

An advocate for shelter pets, Chad volunteers with animal rescue groups to help bring awareness of our local shelters and promote adoptions of homeless animals. In 2009 he created a Facebook page, named after his dog Otis, to help increase awareness of adoptable pets in local shelters through social media. He has reported extensively on animal welfare and cruelty cases and was the first to report on Susie, an 8-week-old mixed breed dog that was found beaten and set on fire in a Guilford County park in 2009. Susie’s story helped strengthen North Carolina’s animal abuse law which now bears her name.

Chad has received recognition for volunteering with animal rescue groups, the arts, hospice and education and delivered the fall commencement address for the East Carolina University School of Communication in 2005. He shares his experience and journalism knowledge in the classroom as an adjunct professor of communications at Winston-Salem State University and Forsyth Technical Community College, both in Winston-Salem.

If his subdued southern drawl doesn’t give away his Piedmont roots, Chad’s personality does. He has an affinity for small town folks, an appetite for North Carolina history, family genealogy and a love of Andy Griffith Show reruns. Chad has authored several regional history books on Stokes County and his hometown of King. His family roots run deep in Stokes County and American history. Through his paternal grandmother, he is a fifth-great nephew of Charles King, whose home, King’s Cabin, became the namesake of the City of King. Through his maternal grandfather, his ancestry includes Thomas Stone, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Chad and his wife Meredith have two daughters. They enjoy biking, traveling, spending time with family and their rescued dogs Otis and Lucy.


Recent Articles
  • Playground for all kids to be built in King next week

    KING, N.C. — It’s a playground Amanda Brown has dreamed of for her daughter Kaitlyn, born with cerebral palsy. “To have a playground that she could be apart of and get to participate in would be just huge for her,” said Brown. “To get to participate with her friends and have fun instead of just watching everyone else do it means everything.” Next week Brown’s dream of an all-inclusive playground where Kaitlyn and her twin sister Kinley can play together […]

  • Miss Angel makes ‘heavenly’ pies in Mayberry

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — As many of our viewers know, I love food and Mayberry. So, I was in heaven when I came across Miss Angel’s Heavenly Pies during Mayberry Days. “People will just stare and point in the window,” said Angela Shur, better known as Miss Angel. “They will open that front door, smile and say it smells heavenly.” Miss Angel and her staff start baking at 4 a.m. each business day using fresh ingredients to make her signature […]

  • New 9/11 sculpture coming to downtown Greensboro; MLK monument being refurbished, moved

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  • LeBleu Bottled Water in Davie County sending thousands of bottles to Texas after destruction of Harvey

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  • Local woman to bring trailer full of supplies to needy families in Texas after Harvey

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. – Horse owner Sharon Yarborough couldn’t sit and watch the suffering in Texas on television any more. “We have to do something,” said Yarborough, who lives in Walnut Cove and Texas, part of the year attending horse shows in the Houston area. “I feel like a part of my family is flooding in Texas right now.” Yarborough decided to fill her horse trailer with supplies for families and personally take the items to those suffering. She’s calling […]

  • Local residents to celebrities have Facebook photos stolen for profit, scams; ‘It’s almost a daily occurrence’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – If you are online nothing is private including your photographs. From celebrities to members of the military, your neighbor, you, even members of the FOX8 family have all been victims of people stealing their photographs for scams or profit. Chad Tucker’s story A viewer first alerted me to an emotional image of me witnessing the birth of my first child. The image was used by BuzzFeed, with my permission, for a 2014 Father’s Day article on dads […]

  • WSFCS looking for male role models to help welcome kids back to school

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Three schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school system are looking for male role models to help welcome their students back to school. “We want to say, ‘Hey we are here to support you and we are going to see you through,'” Ashley Academy Principal Scarlet Linville said. “It takes a lot of people, a lot of arms, eyes, ears and legs to show these students people care.” Ashley Academy along with Gibson Elementary and North Hills Elementary […]

  • Study to determine if dance could help people living with dementia

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — An upcoming three-year study hopes to discover if improvisational dance helps people living with dementia. The moves already have shown to help people who attend a weekly class. “It’s for everyone,” Wake Forest University Associate Professor of Dance Christina Soriano said. “The way people exit the class is different than the way they entered the class.” Recently, Soriano and Associate Professor of Geriatrics at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Christina Hugenschmidt, have looked at brain scans of […]

  • Barbecue cooking tradition continues in Lexington despite the heat

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — It’s probably the hottest place in town, literally. “After a couple of hours you just get use to it,” said Charles McCarn who has worked the pits at Lexington BBQ for 28 years. “When I was younger it was easier to put up with but I’m 62 now. For about 10 hours, McCarn, along with cook Josh Walser, deal with the heat of the smoked pits with lots of water and fans. On Friday, the hottest day […]

  • Doctor offers tips for beating the Triad heat

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  • More than 500 jobs need to be filled at Triad schools

    About 200 jobs still need to be filled before school starts in Forsyth County and staff believe they can get it done. “We spend the entire summer just restaffing,” said Kathy Furr, with Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County Schools. “We have applicants coming from North Carolina, a lot of people from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and other states having a surplus of teachers.” Furr says they need to fill elementary education positions, special education positions and a number of math teachers. “We also […]

  • Deer crashes through front door of Walnut Cove taxidermy shop

    WALNUT COVE, N.C. — It’s a 3 a.m. phone call Keith and Denise Bowman thought was a joke. “You have a deer in your building, you need to get over there and secure it,” said Denise, who owns Bowman’s Wildlife Taxidermy with her husband. “I said is this a joke?” It was no joke. “The [deputy] said, ‘There is a deer in here,'” Keith said. “I said, ‘There’s a lot of deer in here,’ and she said, ‘No, I mean […]