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

  • Thomasville mom set on fire by husband being helped by church members

    Posted on: 11:27 pm, April 2, 2014, by

    THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Friends and church members of a mother set on fire last October are raising money to help...
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  • Camille’s Closet offering free prom dresses

    Posted on: 11:26 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Volunteers are helping teenage girls interested in attending their high school prom, but can’t afford a formal...
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  • Winston-Salem seeks ideas for city slogan

    Posted on: 11:18 pm, March 28, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — City leaders are asking residents for help in creating a slogan. The city, nicknamed “The Twin City,”...
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  • 3 new wineries coming to Surry Co.

    Posted on: 11:12 pm, March 26, 2014, by , updated on: 11:18pm, March 26, 2014

    PILOT MOUNTAIN, N.C. - JoLo Winery and Vineyards is set to be one of the newest wineries in the Yadkin Valley....
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  • Scott Sica pleads guilty to first-degree murder of Jonesville Police Sgt. Greg Martin

    Posted on: 11:14 am, March 25, 2014, by , and , updated on: 11:57am, March 25, 2014

    YADKINVILLE, N.C. — Scott Vincent Sica, the Florida man charged with murdering Jonesville Police Sgt. Greg Martin in 1996, agreed...
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  • Portion of Salem Creek Greenway closed off

    Posted on: 11:11 pm, March 21, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Warmer weather has more people getting on the Salem Creek Greenway and finding a big detour. The...
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  • WSSU Chancellor Donald Reaves to retire at end of year

    Posted on: 3:20 pm, March 21, 2014, by , updated on: 03:22pm, March 21, 2014

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Donald Reaves announced Friday he will retire at the end of the year. Reaves...
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    Winston-Salem State University (WGHP Photo)
  • Community working to save Children’s Home farm in Winston-Salem

    Posted on: 11:31 pm, March 20, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Adoptions of the farm animals at The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem are on hold. The Children’s Home board...
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  • Federal funding needed for road repairs in Piedmont

    Posted on: 10:56 pm, March 19, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Officials with FEMA are surveying storm damage in Davie and Davidson County this week. FEMA’s assessment of...
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  • Towing companies busy following ice storms

    Posted on: 11:31 pm, March 18, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Recent ice storms have kept insurance adjusters and tow truck drivers busy. “It’s been twice to three...
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  • Duke Energy to move coal ash ponds at Dan River, other locations

    Posted on: 9:25 pm, March 13, 2014, by and , updated on: 10:51pm, March 13, 2014

    Duke Energy has said it will begin the process of moving several coal ash ponds away from waterways, including the...
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    Coal ash spills into the Dan River. (Waterkeeper Alliance)
  • Guilford Co. Schools, WSFC Schools to keep make-up days in place

    Posted on: 10:12 pm, March 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:10am, March 12, 2014

    The Guilford County Board of Education has voted against reinstating spring break days that are being used as make-up days....
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