Chad Tucker


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

  • Wilkes Co. looking at DSS problems

    Posted on: 11:15 pm, April 23, 2014, by

    WILKES COUNTY, N.C. — The Board of Social Services met behind closed doors for three hours Wednesday to discuss the...
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  • Spring is here and so are the bugs; tips to keep them away from your home

    Posted on: 11:24 pm, April 22, 2014, by , updated on: 11:25pm, April 22, 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Spring is here and so are the bugs. Ants, stink bugs, carpenter bees and mosquitoes survived our cold...
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  • Closing arguments in case of bus stop accident that killed 11-year-old

    Posted on: 11:05 pm, April 21, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The trial of a pastor accused of passing a stopped school bus, hitting and killing an 11-year-old...
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  • Paraplegic killed, dragged in last week’s deadly hit and run was a husband, father of 7

    Posted on: 11:20 pm, April 16, 2014, by , updated on: 07:58am, April 17, 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The daughter of the man dragged three miles in a hit-and-run last week says the charges against...
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  • Wind turns 2 tractor-trailers over on I-77 near Fancy Gap, Va.

    Posted on: 8:03 pm, April 15, 2014, by , updated on: 08:09am, April 16, 2014

    FANCY GAP, Va. — Traffic was backed up for miles on Interstate 77 Tuesday after high winds blew over two...
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  • Hanes plant in Winston-Salem being demolished to make way for Hanestowne Village

    Posted on: 11:33 pm, April 14, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The former 550,000-square-foot Hanes plant on Stratford Road will soon be no more. Crews are in the...
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  • Southwest Little League in Clemmons honors boy battling brain tumor

    Posted on: 11:10 pm, April 11, 2014, by

    CLEMMONS, N.C. — At 14 years old, Jonah Hammett is fighting a brain tumor, but friends say you will never...
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  • Police ID pedestrian struck by vehicle, dragged 3 miles in W-S

    Posted on: 5:58 am, April 10, 2014, by , and , updated on: 11:36pm, April 10, 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A man died after he was struck by a vehicle and dragged three miles down multiple streets...
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  • Gas prices climbing in NC, some go to Va. to fill up

    Posted on: 11:19 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 07:25am, April 10, 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Gas prices in North Carolina are up 15 cents when compared to last month, according to AAA Carolinas. The...
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  • Preparing for long-term care

    Posted on: 10:56 am, April 9, 2014, by

    KING, N.C. – After falling at home Elise Thomas, 78, knew she needed some extra hands. “I have met so...
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  • Family dog tortured, shot several times and dragged behind ATV

    Posted on: 6:11 am, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 12:01pm, April 9, 2014

    GERMANTON, N.C. – A Forsyth County family is mourning the loss of their dog after they found their pet dead...
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  • Heavy rains cause flooding, leaks at Davie County High School

    Posted on: 11:25 pm, April 7, 2014, by

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Monday’s heavy rain caused flooding and leaks at Davie County High School. For many students and parents,...
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