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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 one daughter. They enjoy biking, traveling, spending time with family and their rescued dogs Otis and Lucy.

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School Board started Tuesday night trying to figure out which projects to fund with millions in proposed bonds. The bond will go before voters in November 2016. Before board members is a long list of projects, school renovations, additions and even replacing aged schools like Konnoak Elementary. Two new elementary schools and three new middle schools are also on the list. What’s not on the list is students ever returning to Hanes-Lowrance schools. Students […]

  • Former Stokes Co. Animal Shelter employees accused of inhumane euthanasia practices

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The SBI is investigating two former employees of the Stokes County Animal Shelter for accusations of cruel and inhumane euthanasia practices. Documents released Friday from the Veterinary Division of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services show an inspector found credible evidence that former shelter director Phillip Handy and employee Darryl Sheppard “performed, participated in and/or witnessed the inhumane euthanasia of multiple animals that involved improper euthanasia administration.” In one instance, the report notes that […]

  • Davidson County firefighter dies after responding to wreck

    CHURCHLAND, N.C. — Longtime Davidson County firefighter Chris Phillips is being remembered for his service and laughter. Phillips, who started as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 16, died Wednesday night at his home after returning from a call. The cause of death has not been determined. He was 41. “As far back as I can remember all he wanted to be was a firefighter,” said Assistant Chief Ryan Swink, who grew up with Phillips in the department. “When […]

  • Animal shelter investigations prompt calls for statewide change

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Accusations of sick animals being left to die a slow death instead of being humanely euthanize at the Guilford and Davidson County animal shelters are leading animal rights supporters to call on statewide change. Investigators are looking into the possibility that workers at the two shelters allowed sick animals to die on their own in an effort to keep the euthanize rate low. The number of animals brought into a shelter and the number of animals […]

  • Rabies concerns in High Point after woman bitten by bat

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — It’s been a rough week for Samantha Bennett and her 5-year-old son William after both may have been exposed to rabies. Bennett says she was bitten Tuesday in the backyard of her home on Dogwood Circle by a bat, twice, after she thought it was a bird in her dog’s mouth. “I grabbed it from him,” said Bennett. “It bit into my thumb, then bit me over [on my other hand]. Bats are known to carry […]

  • Guilford County Animal Shelter search warrants released

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Search warrants obtained Tuesday show investigators seized 44 items that included computers, hard drives and digital cameras from the Guilford County Animal Shelter. The warrants state Dr. Patricia Norris, director of animal welfare at the North Carolina Department of Agriculture began investigating claims of animal cruelty at the shelter after being notified of cruelty several cases on Aug. 5. The warrants state Dr. Norris discovered 64 cases of injured and sick animals brought into the shelter, between […]

  • Newly retired NC teachers may be denied access to health care

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Newly retired teachers in our state could be denied health care due to a computer glitch. “I went to the doctor and was turned away,” said Kim Halden, who retired July 1 from Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools after 41 years in education. “I was told I didn’t have health coverage — that it was inactive.” After calling Blue Cross Blue Shield and her local representative, Halden learned a glitch with a third-party vendor, that process insurance claims, […]

  • Good Samaritan helps Thomasville crash victim

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The family of a man injured after his SUV rolled several times Tuesday, to avoid a car that pulled out into traffic, is reaching out to Good Samaritans who helped him. Police say Trey Foster flipped several times when he swerved to avoid Justin Crabtree, who investigators say pulled his vehicle out in front of Foster on Business 85. Officers say Crabtree drove away, but they were able to catch up with him thanks to an unknown […]

  • Homes damaged by Lexington water main break

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — Monday’s water main break caused thousands of gallons of water to flow right into several homes on Hillside Drive, leaving foundations cracked, basements flooded and concrete carports pulling away from homes. “I went down to the basement; not only was it flooded but the water was coming in through my foundation walls and lifted the floor of the basement,” said homeowner Ken Lack. “The water was coming through the crack.” Lack recorded the water with his cell […]

  • Large Confederate flag rally planned today in Stokes County

    KING, N.C. – Recent resurgence in the debate over the Confederate flag and what it means to different people had led to several Confederate pride events planned across the South this weekend. A local group says it’s expecting its largest turnout for their 3rd Confederate Pride Ride scheduled for Saturday. “Our Southern heritage, with all the stuff going on, we feel we need to stand up for it,” said Cody Hall, who is organizing Saturday’s event. While some believe references […]

  • Ardmore community meets over crime concerns

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents of Ardmore met with police Wednesday night about neighborhood crime. The meeting comes after residents say they heard from neighbors and read on social media about a spike in neighborhood crime. “When you know that you have a problem, why are you not here?” said resident Shannon West. Her storage building was broken into a few years ago and she wants more police patrolling the neighborhood. “It would be nice if they rode through once a […]

  • Pedestrian killed in Graham hit-and-run accident

    GRAHAM, N.C. — A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Graham early Tuesday morning, according to police. Graham police say Dominic Kyle Davis, 34, of Haw River, was walking in the middle of Jimmie Kerr Road near Trollingwood Road at 12:22 a.m. Investigators say he was first struck by a vehicle traveling north, the driver of that vehicle stopped to help. A second vehicle traveling south hit Davis again but kept going, said police. The driver of the […]


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