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
  • Cold weather attracts rare birds, birdwatchers

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Despite extremely cold temperatures, members of the Piedmont Bird Club say it was the perfect time to do a little birdwatching. “One of the great things about birding is that there is always something to look at,” said Nate Swick, with the American Birding Association. “So this time of year it’s a very good time to get out to the large lakes and you can find a lot of interesting things.” The extreme cold formed a layer […]

  • High Point mural artist painting the town

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Throughout High Point, the sides of businesses are becoming canvass of art work. As Chad Tucker found out, the artist behind is, Brian Davis, is one of Roy’s Folks. Don’t be surprised to see more of Brian’s work. He has several more projects in the works.  

  • Hall of Fame Santa talks about his latest project

    Cliff Snider is one of the most recognized Santas. In fact, he’s even in the Santa Hall of Fame and he’s one of Roy’s Folks. Chad Tucker got to talk with him about his latest project.

  • Davidson County man makes intricate fairy houses

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — You may remember one of Roy’s Folks who makes trees out of twisted wire. Tony Underwood uses wires to create trees — and he puts them on just about anything you can imagine. And as Chad Tucker found out, he has another talent that inspires you to use your imagination.

  • Enrichment Center to host annual Christmas performance

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Enrichment Center, an art day program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, performed their annual Christmas performance tonight. The show keeps growing each year and was moved this year to Pinedale Christian Church because of a larger seating capacity. This year’s event “Wake Up Mr. Scrooge,” has been months in the planning and every element has been touched by students at the center. The program will include acting, dance and music. In addition to their […]

  • Christmas train draws visitors to Denton Farmpark

    DENTON, N.C. — The Country Christmas Train draws families from around the world to the Denton Farmpark. Since it started nine years ago, it’s become a Christmas tradition. See it in action in this edition of Roy’s Folks.

  • Davidson County family’s Christmas display gets bigger every year

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — One Davidson County family’s Christmas display gets bigger and better every year. Every day just before nightfall, you’ll find Craig Smith and his family sprucing up their Christmas display. Check out their display in this edition of Roy’s Folks. The display is on East Jefferson Road in the Arcadia community of Davidson County.

  • Winston-Salem man carves ornaments out of wood

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Right now,  a Christmas tree at the Sawtooth Center in Winston-Salem is full of hand-carved ornaments from across the United States and Canada. One of Roy’s Folks is using those ornaments to help promote the art of wood carving.

  • Clemmons man makes Moravian stars

    CLEMMONS, N.C. – Carefully cut, precisely folded pieces of paper are fastened together with a bit of glue. A Moravian star is about to be born. “It doesn’t take much glue” said Moravian star maker Stu Claaseen, who learned the craft from fellow Clemmons Moravian Church member Hilda McKnight. “We discovered the majority of ministers who made stars for their churches were either retiring or passing away and nobody was doing it anymore.” So McKnight and Claaseen decided it was […]

  • Winston-Salem Fire Department’s longest-serving female firefighter retires after 30 years

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Capt. Phyllis Heitman, the fire department’s longest-serving female fire fighter, retired this week after a little more than 30 years. “I started from the ground up,” said Phyllis, who took the job after working 10 years in day care. “My daddy had been a fireman and I knew what it was like and bam, I’ve been here 30 years.” But she’s not retiring alone. Her husband, Division Chief Jeffrey Heitman, is retiring after 34 years of fighting […]

  • King couple the largest growers of poinsettias in the Triad

    KING, N.C. — For Jim and Judy Mitchell, their months of hard work is about to pay off. “It just makes my day to come down here,” said Judy Mitchell as she steps into her greenhouse full of poinsettias at Mitchell’s Nursery on Dalton Road. “We’ve got any over 40 reds this year,” she says. Red is just one of the more than 80 varieties of poinsettias they are growing with more than 10,000 plants in all. The couple is the […]

  • Archdale man visits every NC state park

    ARCHDALE, N.C. — Some people dream of traveling the world, seeing exotic places collecting stories from everywhere they visit. One of Roy’s Folks is doing just that, that’s right, but he’s focusing on the exotic sights right here in our state. He’s making a pretty good effort at seeing it all.