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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 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
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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Golf carts as a shuttle service are closer to becoming reality in downtown. Ried and Kirsten Hinsley came up with the idea that won them two $5,000 city grants to help get it started. The city is currently working to put the final touches on an ordinance allowing only “golf carts for hire” on downtown streets. The golf carts will have to meet all state license and rules as a vehicle and can only be used in […]

  • Portion of I-40 Business closed this weekend in Forsyth Co.

    KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — If you were planning to use Business 40 through Kernersville this weekend you’ll want to think again. The NCDOT is shutting down all lanes of Interstate 40 Business /US 421 for construction and will have detours in place. That means if you heading to some of the events in Winston-Salem this weekend you’ll need to give yourself some extra time. Chad Tucker reports.

  • 15th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Saturday

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  • Attracting the young to Mayberry Days

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  • Midnight Madness 5K in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The 4th annual Moonlight Madness 5k and Fun Run brought nearly a thousand runners to downtown Friday night. This year the certified course allowed runners to travel through closed off downtown streets and the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. “It’s pretty cool, we don’t have many races like this at night most are at 8 am,” said Donnie Cowart who finished first at 15:38. “That 3rd mile up and down, I struggled right there and just tried to […]

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    Emergency crews respond to near drowning of 2-year-old in High Point

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  • 17Days Arts & Culture Festival kicks off Friday

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — This weekend kicks off the 17Days Arts & Culture Festival. For nearly two and a half weeks more than 200 events are planned in the city to celebrate the area’s rich culture and art. “It’s a West Coast, East Coast connection of accepting art,” said artist Ramekon O’Arwisters, a Kernersville native, who now serves as Curator of the San Francisco International Airport Museum. O’Arwisters is displaying his crochet fabric at Greensboro College through the festival and leading […]

  • HPU polling on NC elections

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — High Point University polling is underway for the 2014 November elections. Students began conducting the poll on Saturday focusing on the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Kay Hagan and Tom Tillis. “We are trying to talk to likely voters now,” said Dr. Martin Kifer, assistant professor of Political Science and Director of HPU Poll. “Instead of just asking anyone living in the state students are asking those who actually plan to vote.” Students will poll more […]

  • Jim Davis unanimously approved to finish High Point mayoral term

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — The city has a new mayor, at least for the next three months. Mayor Pro Tem Jim Davis was unanimously approved by the city council Monday night to finish Bernita Sims term. Sims resigned last week before she pled guilty to a felony of writing a worthless $7,000 check as part of an estate settlement. She was sentenced to a four to 14 month suspended sentence, five years of probation and must spend the first six […]

  • HPU terrorism expert speaks on President Obama’s ISIS plan

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  • Fox that attacked neighborhood in Greensboro captured

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Animal control is testing a fox captured Tuesday near Pickering Road and Landsberg Court. The animal is suspected of being rabid after neighbors say it bit one man and tried to bite another. “It stopped what it was doing and it meant to bite,” said Johnathan Lancaster, who says the fox tried to bite his leg Monday while sitting on his porch with his daughters. “Looked at us and jumped up on the porch, I was in […]

  • Stratford Road widening project to start in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Developers of the Hanestowne Village Shopping Center plan to start widening parts of Stratford Road this month. According to developer Tim Dockery, with The Crown Company, they hope to complete the road improvements by the end of the year. The improvements will include widening Stratford Road along the shopping center, adding turn lanes and a traffic light. The improvements are expected to be complete by the end of the year, according to Dockery. For years, Stratford Road […]


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