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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
  • King Rotary Club pushes for more organ donors in NC

    KING, N.C. — Members of the King Rotary Club are teaming up with Donate Life NC and the Carolina Donor Services to encourage people to register as an organ and tissue donor. Last year, 7,025 people died waiting for an organ transplant and 195 were from North Carolina. “Lucky for me I had lots of folks signing up to be a kidney donor,” said Brent Hunter, who lost both of his kidneys after a severe sinus infection spread to his […]

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    Deep freeze forecasted

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – A cold blast is heading to the Triad.  Temperatures over the next several days will struggle to reach above freezing with lows dipping into the single digits. “We crank up the fire place,” Stephanie Ray said, who is looking to stay home during the cold days.  “Just try to keep everyone warm.”  Space heaters, gas logs and even outdoor faucet covers are selling fast at home improvement stores.  While many people will be staying warm, animal advocates are reminding people […]

  • Burlington church to issue ID cards to undocumented immigrants

    BURLINGTON, N.C. — A church is looking to issue non-government ID cards to people of the Hispanic and Latino community. “We want to have a high level of confidence in our community, that people are willing to be witnesses or speak to the police when they are a victim,” said Burlington Police Chief Jeffrey Smythe, who supports the idea. “What we are being told from the immigrant community is they feel more comfortable doing that when they have an ID card […]

  • ‘Dramatic increase’ in number of flu patients

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — State health officials say eight people have died from the flu virus this season as all major medical facilities in the state tighten restrictions on visitors. “We’re seeing a dramatic increase in the number patients coming in with influenza,” said Dr. David Massey, a physician at Cone Health’s Kernersville Urgent Care. “For most people the flu vaccine works because we are not seeing the ones that got the flu shot.” Dr. Massey says the major warning signs […]

  • Multiple accidents impact travel in the Triad

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Troopers are expecting heavier traffic this week as people make their way home from visiting family for the holidays. More traffic and wet roads are believed to be behind several wrecks that caused back-ups and delays on I-40 in Forsyth County and shut down all northbound lanes of I-85 in Guilford County Monday evening. Troopers say an accident forced them to shut down northbound I-85 near Alliance Church Road and one southbound lane for EMS. “As […]

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    Greensboro cinema to show ‘The Interview’ on Christmas Day

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro cinema has joined a handful of other cinemas nationwide that will show the controversial movie “The Interview” beginning on Christmas Day. Carousel Cinema, located at 1305 Battleground Ave., lists on their website that they will begin showing “The Interview” on Christmas Day at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. “I’m glad theaters are playing it, it’s suppose to be a farce,” said moviegoer Paul Riley outside the Carousel Cinemas on Battleground. “It’s a comedy. […]

  • Postal Service in full Christmas gear, now offering Sunday package delivery

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Postal workers have been planning for a year to deal with the 8.2 million pieces of mail that will come through the processing facility on Monday alone.   “It’s our busiest day of the year,” said Russell Gardner USPS district manager for the northern part of North Carolina including the Triad.  “Over the weekend people started making their Christmas cards out and that’s why today is our busiest days.” Mail from 219 post offices in the Triad, Foothills […]

  • Protesters target Christmas event in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — For the second time in less than a week protesters have targeted Christmas events in the city to get their message out. More than 100 protesters chanting, “Hand’s up, don’t shoot” blocked traffic on Fourth Street in front of the Stevens Center. It was opening night at the center for the holiday favorite, “The Nutcracker.” This past weekend the same group disrupted the city Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The group is protesting for change when it comes […]

  • IRS scammers targeting Piedmont residents

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Better Business Bureau offices throughout the state are receiving calls about phony IRS callers. “We are getting dozens of calls from people who believe they have been contacted by the IRS about a problem with their taxes,” said Kevin Hinterberger, president & CEO of the BBB. The scammers are posing as agents of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. They claim to be calling about a federal criminal matter and threaten an indictment or court appearance, said […]

  • Local father concerned after burglar breaks into home during holiday season

    PINNACLE, N.C. — The holidays are a time for get-togethers and gift giving – and thieves know it. Bobby Clayton returned to his home Thanksgiving to find someone busted open his door, causing hundreds of dollars in damage. “My son said ‘daddy they are trying to hurt us,’” he said. The intruders didn’t take anything but sense of security for the father of two. He said he now gets up two or three times in the middle of the night […]

  • Winston-Salem police getting body cameras in a month

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Protesters across the country are calling for change including body cameras for all law enforcement. Many police departments including Winston-Salem are waiting on their orders. “We have 130 being used and 210 on back order,” Police Chief Barry Rountree told the city’s public safety committee Monday night. “We expect them in about a month.” The company, Taser International, has been swamped with orders since the events in Ferguson, Mo. “We are not a Ferguson, we are not […]

  • Festival of Lights helps draw people to downtown Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — For many downtown businesses the Festival of Lights is their time to shine. “It brings people in that we don’t often see,” said Brian Lampkin, with Scuppernong Books on Elm Street. “Here is our chance to highlight what we do.” Each year the festival, held on the same night as First Friday, brings thousands of people to downtown. While many families come for the lights and city tree others come to visit the shops. “This is our […]


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