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Vickie Thomas

vickiethomas2 Vickie ThomasVickie Thomas is the City Beat Reporter for WWJ Newsradio 950. She was raised in Highland Park, “The City of Trees” — that was before the July 2, 1997 storm blew through the area. She covered the storm for WWJ that evening and the clean up over the following days and weeks.

Thomas discovered her passion for writing when she was in high school. She won quite a few awards for speaking and writing as a student at Henry Ford High School in Detroit, and decided that journalism was the best profession for her. Thomas attended Michigan State University and graduated from Wayne State University, cum laude with an honors degree in broadcast journalism. The highlight of her academic career was as an intern in Congressman Louis Stokes office on Capitol Hill where she was instrumental in getting commemorative legislation passed honoring Olympic Gold Medallist Jesse Owens.

In 1991 Thomas joined WWJ Newsradio 950. Throughout her radio career she has earned awards from the Detroit Press Foundation, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press and the National Association of Black Journalists. Thomas was honored with a first place in Individual Reporting during the1998 Associated Press Michigan Broadcast Awards Contest. She also has received the national “Gabriel Award” from UNDA-USA for the WWJ Black History Month Series “The African-American Church: The Heart and Soul of Metro Detroit’s Black Community”.

Thomas is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, and started a scholarship and internship program for college students interested in the field of broadcast news, while serving as Vice President of the local chapter. She also enjoys visiting local schools for Career Day to talk to students about her job and giving them advice on what they need to do to break into the business. Thomas also sits on the board of the Midwest Aids Prevention Project (MAPP) and CASA Maria Family Services.

As a homeowner, Thomas spends a lot of time refurbishing her historic home, which was built in the 1920’s, and has nearly 3,700 square feet. Thomas loves to travel. Some of her favorite trips have been to the South of France, Florence, Italy and Bath, England. She likes walleye fishing in Lake Erie and even baits her own hook!

Kevyn Orr (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr Says He’ll Leave Detroit Once Bankruptcy Is Settled

“I think it’s appropriate for me, when this does come to an end, to exit quietly…”

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/17/2014

House in Detroit. (Credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950) FILE

New App Invites Residents To Help City Update List Of Blighted Properties In Detroit

The new smart app will mean that the city can get the latest condition for parcels in the city of Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/15/2014

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Detroit Homecoming Effort Aims To Draw Prominent ‘Expats’ Back To The City

It’s a campaign to bring people — specific people — back to Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/14/2014

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Bedbugs On Detroit Buses? D-DOT Says Many Systems Nationwide Deal With The Issue

This isn’t the first time this has come up in Detroit’s transit system; in 2012, about 50 drivers reported that they had been bitten.

CBS Detroit–07/09/2014

Summer at Burns Elementary-Middle School. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Detroit Students In State-Run Schools Say They Don’t Mind A Much Shorter Summer Break

While other kids are in the pool — many Detroit students are still in class.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/27/2014

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‘Driving For America’ Programs Trains, Finds Jobs For Veterans

A Detroit business owner is on a personal mission to put veterans on the front lines of the American workforce.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/17/2014

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Increased Parking Fines Add To Financial Woes Of Detroiters

The new fines and fees for parking violations in the city of Detroit have some drivers seeing red …

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/16/2014

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Highland Park High School To Close For Good

“We can’t even seem to keep the grass cut around here; the athletic fields are in horrible shape.”

06/12/2014

A sign on Beresford St. in Highland Park. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

‘Gov. Snyder, Thanks For The Potholes!’ Sign Reads

You can’t miss it along the pothole-ravaged Beresford Street.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/11/2014

A homeless man sleeps outside a window of the former Wayne County Office building.  (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

EXCLUSIVE: Homeless Sleep In Window Sills Of Former Wayne County Bldg., Human Waste Litters Entrance

It’s an unfortunate chapter in the storied history of the old Wayne County Building in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/09/2014

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