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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.

Recent Articles
  • Business 40 upgrades in Winston-Salem to impact residents

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — People who live and work in downtown Winston-Salem got a first-hand look at how their lives will change over the next several years as upgrades are made to Business 40. “Both of us connect into Business 40,” said Judy Marsh who came with her co-worker Patricia Dance.  “What do I need to expect? How long do I need to expect?” Plans are to shut downtown Business 40 in phases as the aging highway is completely overhauled starting in three years.  City transportation […]

  • Investigation into possible animal abuse underway in High Point

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Neighbors say their repeated calls to High Point Animal Control about neglected dogs at a home went unanswered until a dog was found dead on the property Monday. “I’ve made a number of calls … at one time six dogs were tied to trees with no shade, shelter or food,” said Kasie Thomas, who last reported dying dogs in the backyard of the property Sunday. “Now that one is dead they had to do something … […]

  • Woman reflects on 1969 Winston-Salem gas explosion that killed her father

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The discovery of methane gas at Bowman Gray Stadium this week, a byproduct of an old landfill that used to be under the property, has opened up a tragic chapter in the history of the city. In September 1969, an explosion at the National Guard Armory on Silas Creek Parkway killed three guardsmen and severely burned several others. It was determined methane gas coming from an old city landfill underneath the armory property and the spark of […]

  • Methane found at Bowman Gray Stadium; city to test nearby neighborhood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – City officials said Wednesday they plan to test the soil of residential homes next to Bowman Gray Stadium immediately after high concentrations of methane gas were found on stadium property and under the parking lots. “I remember my mother telling me that it was a landfill,” said Janice Gwyn who lives next to the stadium parking lot where a former city landfill was once open. “I remember growing up it was just parking lot with rocks in […]

  • Do you know the presidential candidates? FOX8 puts Piedmont residents to the test

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – It’s going to be an uphill battle for most of the current presidential candidates. Since this past weekend two more entered the race; South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R) and Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).  An Elon University Poll, conducted in April, shows 72% of registered NC voters don’t know who O’Malley. “That’s the power of publicity,” said Jeremy Biggs, a viewer who like many people we asked Monday couldn’t name the current 12 presidential candidates shown on a picture board. “I wasn’t aware another woman was […]

  • Parents upset after Piedmont teacher plays ‘Charlie Charlie’ at school

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — The mother of an E. Lawson Brown Middle School student was not happy to learn one of her child’s teachers was playing the “Charlie Charlie Challenge” in the classroom. The trend, possibly linked to a playground game in Spanish-speaking countries, is a cross between “Bloody Marry” and “Ouija” board games that summons spirits. “I don’t see why they are just freewheeling, playing any game they are wanting to play,” said Ashley Styles, who says the classroom is […]

  • Forsyth County needs more firefighters, funding

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — County commissioners are considering raising the fire tax in 14 fire districts. The increase will help rural volunteer fire departments that have seen a sharp decrease in volunteers in the last 10 years as society and living patterns change. “Our community demographics have changed over the years,” said Jerry Brooks, with the Clemmons Fire Department, to county commissioners Tuesday. “We don’t get personnel volunteers … it’s a demographic that all our rural districts are going to be […]

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    Update: 1 killed, 1 airlifted after crash in Davidson County

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — One person was killed and another was injured in a crash on N.C. 109 in Davidson County Tuesday night. The crash happened just after 10 p.m. when a Mazda and a Ford pick-up, one going north and the other going south, collided on Highway 109 in the Silver Valley community. The second person was airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. It is still unclear which way each vehicle was traveling or why the vehicles collided. No names have been […]

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    Former undercover agent in High Point talks bike gangs

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Billy Queen knows the inner workings of the outlaw biker gangs. The retired ATF agent spent many years undercover including a couple of years in the Mongols biker gang. “If you’re in that world you got a brotherhood,” Queen said Tuesday.  “But you got enemies and that’s just the way it is.” Queen says the fighting and killings between outlaw biker gangs do not surprise him but a large number of deaths at once, such as […]

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    Alamance-Burlington School Board discusses possible redistricting

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Alamance-Burlington School Board voted unanimously Monday night to redistrict some students to help alleviate overcrowding at Newlin Elementary School.  The school is overcrowded by about 100 students. School officials said they believe the move will benefit affected students who will move to schools closer to their home. However, parents were not happy about only being notified three days ago. “We didn’t find out until last Friday,” said parent Lucia Cephua, whose son, a 4th grader, will be reassigned.  “I worry it could affect […]

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    Golf carts used to get around downtown Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Getting around downtown has many options from horse and carriage to now golf carts. “We were trying to figure out how to bridge the gap between different sections of downtown,” said Kirsten Hinsley, owner of Camel City Caravans. “I’m still not sure it’s real; it’s happening and its going — we are just so busy.” Hinsley and her husband Ried came up with the idea and approached city leaders last year which passed an ordnance allowing golf […]

  • Ceremony of honor for Greensboro police

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A ceremony of honor tonight for Greensboro police. The annual Police and Citizens Appreciation Diner was held Thursday at the empire room downtown where our own Cindy Farmer served as emcee. The banquet honored a number of officers for their work including the more than a dozen officers who helped the residents of Heritage House. A number of officers were recognized for saving lives as well as volunteers on the force. This week marks National Police Week, […]


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