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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
  • Tarheel Q

    1 dies after Salmonella outbreak at Tarheel Q restaurant

    DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — One person has died in connection to the Salmonella outbreak at Tarheel Q, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday. Jen Hames, with the Davidson County Health Department, said the person had an underlying health condition that was the primary cause of death, but the person did also have symptoms of Salmonella poisoning. More than 200 people from 19 North Carolina counties and five other states have been identified with signs and symptoms consistent […]

  • High Point home damaged by storm

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — A number of downed trees along Hickswood Road damaged property and left several without power. “It knocked me out of bed,” said Suzanne Leonard, who was taking a nap when the storm came through. “Water started pouring through the roof.” Several trees came down on her home, leaving holes in the roof. One sent a limb just a few feet from Leonard’s husband. EMS believes powerful straight-line winds caused the damage, leaving many in the dark […]

  • Greensboro City Council - January 2012 File

    House votes 35-73 against Senate bill to redraw Greensboro city council

    RALEIGH, N.C. – The controversial bill that would change Greensboro’s city council failed to get support in the House Monday night. The House voted 35-73 against concurring the bill that was introduced by North Carolina Senator Trudy Wade, a former Greensboro City Council member. Representatives in favor of the bill said it would give citizen proper representation by putting a council member in each district. Those House members against the bill said it should be left up to the people […]

  • Meeting held over methane gas testing in Winston-Salem

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents living in a neighborhood next to Bowman Gray Stadium met with city officials Thursday night to learn more about the recent discovery of methane gas. The upcoming sale of the stadium to Winston-Salem State University discovered gas coming from a former landfill under the stadium parking lot. City officials told residents that methane is not toxic, but two locations around the parking lot tested at levels of concern and they want to test more, especially residential […]

  • Crime watch meeting held in Forest Oaks community

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Neighborhood watch programs are now going the way of social media with a new app called Nextdoor. “You know the strange thing about social media, as we know it, you can communicate with people around the world but often times you don’t even know who your next door neighbor is,” said Lt. Daryl Loftis, with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, at Wednesday night’s Forest Oaks neighborhood watch meeting. “I’m able to post crime updates, crime alerts for […]

  • Salmonella investigation underway at Davidson County barbecue restaurant; more than 30 sick

    LEXINGTON, N.C. — The Davidson County Health Department and Davie County Health Department are working with the N.C. Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak among patrons of a local restaurant. As of Tuesday, the health departments said they have identified over 30 individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with salmonellosis. The health departments said all people with symptoms ate at Tarheel Q, located at 6835 West U.S. 64, Lexington, several days before becoming ill. “We have […]

  • ‘The power of prayer is amazing': Winston-Salem baby gets heart transplant

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The parents of 2-month-old Declan Alexander got the call Monday morning that they’ve been praying for — a heart for their son. Declan was born with hypoplastic heart syndrome, which prevents blood from flowing on the left side of his heart. He went into 10-hour surgery around 4 p.m. Monday at Duke Medical Center. “Even though they are enduring the surgery, we want them to know we are right there with them,” said Robyn Snell, who joined […]

  • Chad Tucker

    Chad Tucker: Lessons from my fathers

    Editor’s note: Chad Tucker is a native of King, North Carolina. Chad’s father Mark Joyce was a native of King; his stepfather Richard Bulla was a native of Asheboro, North Carolina. Both men lived in King at the time of their deaths. Father’s Day has always been a difficult day for me. My father, who lived in King, died in a car accident two days before Christmas in 1976. He was driving to work when he crossed the center line […]

  • Winston-Salem man charged in 72-year-old’s death

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A Winston-Salem man was charged Thursday in the death of his 72-year-old caretaker. David Darrell Thomas, 60, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of Ruby Duncan Johnson. Officers found Johnson dead in her home at 4900 Rumley Circle just after 5 p.m. Police reports say she had been beaten. “My mom just had a big heart and her big heart cost her, her life in the end,” said Johnson’s daughter, Shannon […]

  • Dozens gather at Bethel A.M.E. in Greensboro to remember victims of Charleston shooting

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Dozens of people filled Bethel A.M.E. Church including people with close ties to the historic Charleston church, for a community vigil to remember the victims of the shooting.   “We would walk to the church,” said Mozell Weston who grew up in Emanuel A.M.E and returned last summer for a family reunion.  “Going back home it reminds me of my foundation, where I sang in the choir, seeing my Sunday school teacher.” Weston knows the family of the […]

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    Crews respond to boarding house fire in Thomasville; 25 displaced

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Crews responded to the scene of a boarding house fire in Thomasville on Wednesday afternoon. Firefighters were dispatched to 17 Memorial Park Drive at 3:38 p.m. The fire started in the basement of the three-story building. “I was coming up the road praying and thinking Lord don’t let anybody get hurt,” said Laurie Baken, the owner of the boarding house.   “I just thank God nobody got hurt or killed you.  This is all material things, their lives is what […]

  • Business 40 upgrades in Winston-Salem to impact residents

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — People who live and work in downtown Winston-Salem got a first-hand look at how their lives will change over the next several years as upgrades are made to Business 40. “Both of us connect into Business 40,” said Judy Marsh who came with her co-worker Patricia Dance.  “What do I need to expect? How long do I need to expect?” Plans are to shut downtown Business 40 in phases as the aging highway is completely overhauled starting in three years.  City transportation […]


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