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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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  • UNCG students march to protest sexual assaults on college campuses nationwide

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  • Cruising returns to Uptown Lexington for the first time in 26 years

    LEXINGTON, N.C. – For the first time in 26 years, drivers were allowed to cruise Main Street in Lexington. Cruising Main Street was popular for many generations until uptown officials say it got out of hand and was banned by the city in 1988. “It reminds you of old times,” said Van Scott, who met his wife Linda while cruising Main Street in the mid-60s. “I waved at Linda and she waved back. The rest is history.” City officials allowed […]

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    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — State officials from the North Carolina Utilities Commission announced Wednesday that the new 743 area code has been approved for the Piedmont and will overlay the current 336 area code. The new area code means all local calls will require 10-digit dialing, however local calls to both area codes will not require long distance fees. “Do we really have to, is it necessary?” questioned Arlene Hassinger of Winston-Salem. “I think it can be confusing and complicated, people like things […]

  • Boycott threat over illegal immigration proposed in Surry Co.

    DOBSON, N.C. — Frustrated over illegal immigration, Surry County Commissioners are sending a clear message to lawmakers in Washington and officials in Central America, — “enforce human trafficking laws or face potential boycott of your products in North Carolina,” said County Commissioner Larry Phillips Monday night. Phillips introduced a resolution to send to Congress and Embassies in Honduras, Ecuador and Guatemala saying do something or they’ll ask residents to boycott products from the countries that are typically found in big […]

  • Piedmont poverty rates growing

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — A report out this month listed all of our state’s major cities as some of the fastest growing when it comes to poverty in our country. The Brookings Institute compared poverty numbers from 2000 to 2012. complied the date ranking Winston-Salem No. 9 with a 248 percent growth in the poor population in tracts with poverty rates 20 percent or higher. Greensboro/High Point ranked No. 6 with 290 percent. “For most people – we are all […]

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  • Rally held for Michael Brown in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — People gathered outside the International Civil Rights Center and Museum Thursday evening to show solidarity with the people of Ferguson, Mo. “I have a 23-year-old brother who, according to statistics, is the typical black man,” said Latobia Avett, who worries what happened to Michael Brown could happen to her brother. “As African Americans we’re fed up; and not just black people but people in general are fed up with police saying something happened and there’s no proof […]

  • Gay marriages could begin by next week in Va.

    RICHMOND, Va. — Same-sex couples could start getting married next week in the commonwealth. A panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit denied a request to delay the implementation of a ruling striking down Virginia’s gay marriage ban on Wednesday. Unless the Supreme Court steps-in, same-sex couples could begin applying for marriage licenses and having their out-of-state marriages recognized on Aug. 20. The move could open the door for same-sex couples in North Carolina in […]


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