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

  • Piedmont couples enjoying Valentine’s Day despite the snow

    Posted on: 10:30 pm, February 14, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — After two days of being indoors, residents were ready for an evening out, especially on Valentine’s Day....
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  • Piedmont businesses clearing parking lots; hope to reopen Friday

    Posted on: 12:55 am, February 14, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Businesses and restaurants that hope to open Friday for Valentine’s Day are putting a lot of snow...
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  • Shower curtain sledding in Winston-Salem

    Posted on: 1:45 pm, February 13, 2014, by

    Want to have fun, but you can’t find a sled? Grab a shower curtain. Chad Tucker reports.
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  • Piedmont artist warns to watch for knockoff, forged artwork from China

    Posted on: 7:39 pm, February 11, 2014, by

    STOKES COUNTY, N.C. — Knockoff artwork from China is hurting artist across the country, including right here in the Piedmont....
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  • Shoppers hit the stores to prepare for snowstorm

    Posted on: 7:13 pm, February 11, 2014, by and , updated on: 11:10pm, February 11, 2014

    Lots of snow could be on the way and Piedmont residents are not taking any chances. Home improvements stores reported...
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  • Forsyth Medical Center says 18 patients exposed to deadly disease

    Posted on: 9:37 am, February 10, 2014, by and , updated on: 01:02am, February 11, 2014

    FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. – Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center announced Monday they are reaching out to 18 neurosurgery patients exposed to...
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    Jeff Lindsay, President of Forsyth Medical Center
  • Mocksville community raising money for K-9 bulletproof vests

    Posted on: 11:27 pm, February 6, 2014, by

    MOCKSVILLE, N.C. — People from as far away as California are expected to attend a memorial service Sunday for Gorky....
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    Gorky with Davie County sheriff’s deputy Christopher Fleming.
  • More tests done on Dan River following coal ash spill

    Posted on: 11:11 pm, February 5, 2014, by , updated on: 11:49pm, February 5, 2014

    EDEN, N.C. — Environmentalist and the EPA returned Wednesday to conduct more water test of the Dan River after 27...
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    (Photo credit: Michael Harvey)
  • Davie Co., Alamance Co. schools holding Saturday school

    Posted on: 10:58 pm, January 31, 2014, by

    DAVIE COUNTY, N.C. — With snow days come make-up days and for some Piedmont students that means Saturday school. “Yeah...
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  • Winston-Salem to consider cell towers in residential areas

    Posted on: 6:16 pm, January 30, 2014, by and

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The City Council plans to make a decision next week on whether to allow cell phone towers...
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  • Winston-Salem woman wows American Idol judges, advances to Hollywood

    Posted on: 11:05 pm, January 29, 2014, by

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Tiquila Wilson wowed the judges of American Idol Wednesday night but for her friends and family her...
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  • King Planning Board unanimously recommends Walmart be approved

    Posted on: 11:13 pm, January 27, 2014, by

    KING, N.C. — The King Planning Board unanimously recommended the city council approve Walmart’s plans to build in the Stokes...
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