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!

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DPS Transition Manager Fields Questions From Detroit School Board

Steven Rhodes taking questions from board members in the first face-to-face meeting.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/18/2016

A woman holds a sign asking for funds from 'Hardest Hit' be used to homeowners. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Protesters: Moratorium On Foreclosures, Divert Funds From Hardest Hit To Homeowers

Protesters say some of the millions of dollars in the ‘hardest hit funds’ should be used to help keep owners in their homes not for blight removal.

CBS Detroit–03/23/2016

Joe Spencer and Karen Hudson Samuels. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Black History: Recognizing Broadcasting Firsts In Metro Detroit

It was such a big deal that President Gerald Ford publicly congratulated WGPR-TV when it hit the air in 1975.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/18/2016

Odis Bellinger (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Black History: Building Better Lives Through Mentoring

Odis Bellinger spends a lot of time talking to young men about becoming better people.

CBS Detroit–02/11/2016

Luther Keith. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Black History: Success Can’t Be Just For Yourself; It Has To Be For Other People

Luther Keith had a distinguished career spanning 30 years as a journalist in Detroit and that was just the start of his journey.

CBS Detroit–02/10/2016

Elio -- on display at the North American Auto Show in Detroit. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Sleek 3-Wheeled Elio Makes Flashy Entrance At The North American Auto Show In Detroit

It gets 84 miles a gallon and costs under $7,000 and you don’t have to peddle.

CBS Detroit–01/11/2016

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Old Meets New: Can The Two Detroits Get Along? [Podcast]

Detroit area leaders, writers and activists come together to focus on the merging Detroit entities — new and old — as the city continues to rebuild and revitalize.

12/29/2015

Lamarr Monson (credit: Michigan Department of Corrections)

Exclusive: New Evidence Could Free Detroit Man Convicted 20 Years Ago Of Murdering 12-Year-Old Runaway

“I believe him,” Proctor says of Monson.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/14/2015

Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas)

Highland Park Mayor: Help Struggling Americans Before Syrian Refugees

“We’re not at war, but there is a war going on in our city,” DeAndre Windom said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/09/2015

Ghouson Al Hassan of Syria poses for a photo with her daughter. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Metro Detroit Welcomes Syrian, Iraqi Refugees

“She said: We lost our houses; we lost everything we owned there…”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/08/2015

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