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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.

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. – One of two rescued dogs who got a first-class private jet ride last week for some much needed orthopedic surgery returned home Wednesday to a new family. “It was totally a surprise,” said 10-year-old Lawson Rhodes. Lawson and his 7-year-old sister Emmy didn’t know they were getting a dog until they arrived at Piedmont Triad International Airport Wednesday with their parents Chris and Claire Rhodes. “We were told we were going to our dads work party,” Emmy said. The two rescue […]

  • Pilots N Paws: Dogs return home

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — One of two rescued dogs who got a first-class private jet ride last week for some much needed orthopedic surgery returned home Wednesday to a new family. “It was totally a surprise,” said 10-year-old Lawson Rhodes and his 7-year-old sister Emmy, who didn’t know they were getting a dog until they arrived at PTI Wednesday with their parents Chris and Claire Rhodes. “We were told we were going to our dads work party,” said Emmy. Second chances […]

  • Mark Walker wins district 6 seat, thanks supporters

    JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Congressman-elect Mark Walker says he plans to immediately start connecting with local and state leaders as he prepares for the U.S. House district 6 seat. Walker thanked supports, his family and congressman Howard Coble who is retiring after serving the 6th district for almost 30 years. Walker told the crowd inside the gymnasium at Life Community Church in Jamestown that some if his first goals are to repeal legislation that hurts small businesses and work “to get […]

  • Last minute Election Day preps

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — On the eve of Election Day volunteers for the candidates worked the phones to make sure those who didn’t vote early get out and vote Tuesday. “We are excited, it’s game time,” said Ben Ray at the Guilford County Democratic Headquarters. “We’ll be launching multiple volunteer shifts tomorrow to make sure that everyone who wants to can get out and vote.” It was a similar sight of phone calls being made across town at the Republican Headquarters. […]

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    9-year-old boy among victims killed in US 52 crash

    RURAL HALL, N.C. — Two people have died and another is in critical condition after a crash on northbound U.S. 52 in Forsyth County on Thursday afternoon. Officials say it happened around 3:10 p.m. on U.S. 52 near the Westinghouse Road exit near Tobaccoville. Investigators say a tractor-trailer owned by Stout Trucking Company in Greensboro was carrying a full load of sand when it collided with five vehicles in a work zone. The tractor-trailer, a 2000 Freightliner, crested a slight […]

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    District 6: Laura Fjeld, Mark Walker cover several topics in final debate

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – The last debate in the 6th district congressional race between Republican Mark Walker and Democrat Laura Fjeld covered a number of topics Wednesday night. Fjeld painted Walker as a candidate with extreme views, tying him to the Tea Party. Walker painted Fjeld as a candidate who lacks bipartisan support, tying her with the policies of President Obama. The debate, cosponsored by the News & Record and WGHP/FOX8, was moderated by FOX8 senior anchor Neill McNeill and included candidate statements […]

  • Dogs flown to Asheville for surgery

    GREENSBORO, N.C. -– Two rescued dogs got a first-class private jet ride for some much needed orthopedic surgery thanks to Pilots N Paws. The volunteer non-profit helps transport adoptable animals rescued from high kill shelters to loving homes. “The dogs need help,” said Dr. David Crouch, a surgeon with Western Carolina Veterinary Surgery in Asheville who is also a pilot volunteering with the group. “I have the availability to use Pilots N Paws and our association together to fix as […]

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    Two hospitalized after shooting in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. – Two men are in the hospital after a shooting in Greensboro Thursday evening. At about 6:50 p.m., police were called to the J.T. Memorial apartments at 716 Marsh St. for a report of a shooting. One man is in good condition and the other is in serious but stable condition. Neighbors say the two men got into a fight. The two have reportedly been fighting for several days over a girl. The men’s identities have not been released. Witnesses say […]

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    Holy smoke! Reynolds American adopts no-smoking policy

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The evolution of smoke-free corporate workplaces may have its “hell freezes over” moment at the start of 2015, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. That’s when Reynolds American Inc. and its subsidiaries launch a no-smoking policy within its facilities outside of designated areas currently being developed. Employees were told of the changes today. That means no more smoking of traditional cigarettes, cigars and pipes at the desk, in conference rooms, elevators and in hallways, spokesman David Howard said. […]

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    Local Bluegrass musician killed in Davie Co. crash

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Bluegrass fans are mourning the loss of a local favorite musician. Bass player and guitarist Brandon Bowles, known as BB, was killed early Sunday morning in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 40 in Davie County. He was 32 years old. Troopers say Bowles of Stokes County and Pablo Cruz of Dudley were killed in the wreck. At first, investigators believed the Ford pickup driven by Cruz was driving east in the highway’s westbound lane hitting Bowles’ Chevrolet pickup […]

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    High Point mayoral candidates forum held

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – The three people who want to be the city’s next mayor took questions from the audience in their second to last debate at Pennybyrn at Maryfield retirement community Monday night. County commissioner Bill Bencini, State Rep. Marcus Brandon and businessman Jimmy Scott each shared their views on economic incentives for businesses, keeping companies from leaving town and adding primaries to city council elections. All candidates say they don’t live economic incentives but viewed them as a necessary evil. […]

  • Woods of Terror billboards bring controversy

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Highway billboards promoting the Woods of Terror, a haunted trail popular during Halloween, is being called too violent for the public. “I thought, that’s kind of disturbing,“ said 8-year-old Russell Thomas, who first noticed the billboard last week on Interstate 40 near the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market. “Kind of one of those things that keeps on going through your mind and it’s kind of disturbing.” The billboard, which can be found throughout the Triad, shows a young […]


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