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

  • 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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  • Some Piedmont residents still without power after ice storm

    Posted on: 10:57 pm, March 10, 2014, by

    GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Life is far from back to normal for many in the Pleasant Garden community. Many are...
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  • Residents dealing with no power after winter storm

    Posted on: 11:05 pm, March 7, 2014, by

    HIGH POINT, N.C. – Living without power is forcing residents to find creative ways to get by. James Bondurant of...
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  • Residents suggest improvements for Polo Road area in Winston-Salem

    Posted on: 11:08 pm, March 5, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Residents around Wake Forest University hope the area can get a face lift. Residents and city leaders...
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  • Midwest town to hold ‘Mayberry’ festival of their own

    Posted on: 3:38 pm, March 5, 2014, by

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — It’s no secret where fans of the Andy Griffith Show can get a taste of Mayberry....
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  • Huge ditch forming in Winston-Salem neighborhood; yards washing away

    Posted on: 11:09 pm, February 28, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Viola Kimbrough’s backyard is washing away. “My biggest fear is [my neighbors] house is going to collapse...
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  • Winston-Salem cracking down on street performers downtown

    Posted on: 11:38 pm, February 26, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The city commonly known as “The City of the Arts,” for its many theaters, arts festivals’ and...
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  • 18-year-old hospitalized after venomous snake bite

    Posted on: 12:48 pm, February 25, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:51am, February 26, 2014

    REIDSVILLE, N.C. — An 18-year-old has been hospitalized after being bitten by a pet rattlesnake inside a Reidsville home Monday...
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  • Two killed in motorcycle crash with tanker truck in Mount Airy

    Posted on: 11:34 am, February 24, 2014, by and , updated on: 08:02am, February 25, 2014

    MOUNT AIRY, N.C. — Two people, including a retired Stokes County teacher, died Sunday after a motorcycle and petroleum tanker...
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  • Downtown Winston-Salem becoming a hot spot for NC residents

    Posted on: 11:04 pm, February 21, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Downtown Winston-Salem has become a popular destination for North Carolinians. “Folks coming from Greensboro, Charlotte,” said Mike...
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