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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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    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — Two people were killed and two people were injured in a vehicle crash in Davidson County on Monday afternoon. The accident happened on City Lake Road near Pilgrim Church Road around 4 p.m. Investigators say the driver lost control in a curve and flipped several times before hitting a tree. Two backseat passengers, who were not wearing their seatbelts, died at the scene. One injured person had to be airlifted to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center […]

  • Thomasville ready for Christmas before Thanksgiving

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Nearly a week before Thanksgiving and Christmas is already in full swing in some parts of the Triad. The city of Thomasville lit their Christmas Tree, a first in several years, Friday night — and that’s not too early for many people. “I want my tree up and all my decorations all before Thanksgiving,” said Ashley Reynolds, who brought her daughter Layla to see Santa at the tree lighting. “I like the holidays!” Yes, Santa and Mrs. […]

  • Winston-Salem neighborhood hit by spree of break-ins meets with police

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents of the Konnoak Neighborhood Watch met Thursday night with police after more than 30 break-ins within the last month. “We don’t want break-ins because once you start tolerating break-ins that a slippery slope,” said Carolyn Highsmith with the the neighborhood watch. “We want to keep a healthy neighborhood.” Within the last week five break-ins have been reported. “You want to know when you go to bed and lay down and rest without anybody bothering you.” said […]

  • Garth Brooks kicks off 5 nights of concerts in Greensboro

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  • Greensboro club security proposal draws criticism

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  • Pastor Joel Osteen tells audience in Greensboro, ‘God is for you’

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    Suspect sought for spree of break-ins in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Police are looking for a man they believe may be behind 13 break-ins to businesses since last Thursday. All of the break-ins happened within a half-mile radius of Novant Forsyth Medical Center. “It takes a lot for a small business to run these days and to be hit 3 times in one week is pretty hard,” said Karen Wilkins, a waitress at Jimmy the Greek restaurant on Trenwest Drive. The restaurant was robbed three times since last […]

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    Son investigated for father’s death in Winston-Salem

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