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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Construction Begins On New Headquarters For Little Caesars In Detroit

When completed, the expansion will double current space of the downtown headquarters.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/07/2016

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DPS Incorporates Tuition-Free Montessori Programs Into Some Schools

The district has begun taking applications for early childhood (ages 4-6) and early elementary age students for certain schools.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/13/2016

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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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What’s The Holdup With D-Insurance? Mayor Says Half Of Detroit Drivers Still Driving Dirty

“…We’re forcing them to drive as criminals,” Mayor Mike Duggan said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/24/2015

Detroit Police Chief James Craig speaks to reporters on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Detroit Police Chief Offended By ‘Pigs In A Blanket — Fry ‘Em Like Bacon!’ Chant

…If you attack one of our officers, we will respond in a very certain way,” Chief James Craig said.

09/01/2015

Protester outside the Detroit Veterans Association Medical Center. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Protests Outside VA In Detroit Citing Unfair Labor Practices

A spokeswoman with the VA says that leadership continues to work with the union.

CBS Detroit–08/25/2015

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Detroit Cab Drivers Protest Ride-Sharing Services; Compare Uber To Kwame Kilpatrick

Cabs from different companies circled City Hall during Wednesday’s demonstration.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/15/2015

Detroit church leaders gather for a news conference to talk about violence in the city. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Church Leaders Urge Detroiters To Ditch ‘No Snitch’ Policy After String Of Shootings

“We’re tired of burying our young men, young woman and we’re gonna do something…”

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/01/2015

Kimberly Garrette, right, is in tears in 18th District Court on Monday, June 29, 2015. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Romulus Woman Charged With Murder In Hit-And-Run Death Of 8-Year-Old Boy

Murder charges have been filed against a Romulus woman accused of running over a young Westland boy and driving off.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/29/2015

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Detroit Reverend Targets Highland Park Mayor Over Water Issue, Court Judgement

The Detroit reverend called to task the Highland Park mayor over a $20 million court judgment against the city.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/22/2015

L)Darnell Small and attorney Jan Rubinstein. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

‘Rent’s Paid’ Says Detroit Business Owner, Claiming He’s Unfairly Targeted For Eviction

The battle continues for a longtime city businessman who claims he’s being unfairly booted from a revitalized business area in Detroit.

CBS Detroit–04/30/2015

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Every Kid Matters: Realities Of Early Childhood Development

What early childhood program is best for their child? Safety, comfort, cost, location and quality are things to consider when making that decision.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/29/2015

A view of Downtown Detroit looking south on Woodward Avenue.(Photo by Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Detroit Taxpayers Could Be Given Option To Support City Retirees

Jones is asking the city’s pension board to explore putting a check-off box on tax forms to help retirees who took a hit during the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings.

CBS Detroit–04/13/2015

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Lightning Strike Sends Tree Through Roof Of Southfield Home; ‘I Was Terrified’

“All the windows are blown out,” said homeowner Theresa Bullock.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2015

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Film Documenting Rise And Fall Of Kwame Kilpatrick And Family Premieres Friday

A new documentary offers an inside look into the rise and fall of Kwame Kilpatrick.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2015

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Every Kid Matters: Providing Kids With An Environment In Which They Can Thrive

“How do we get people thinking about planting trees rather than cutting them all down?” asked Bartik.

CBS Detroit–03/25/2015

Brittney Shoeholtz  is excited about her new apartment in Detroit. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Former Detroit ‘Tent City’ Residents Placed In New Homes

“It’s the first time I’ve ever had my own place…”

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/13/2015

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Dispute Over Detroit Public Schools Boilers Heats Up — Are Students In Danger?

Representatives of a local union say boilers in the Detroit Public Schools buildings are putting students and staff in danger.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/11/2015

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Black History Month: Continuing A Legacy Of Action And Perseverance

William Jones Jr. is celebrating his six-year anniversary as CEO of Focus: HOPE while trying to build on the legacy of the late co-founders, Father William Cunningham and Eleanor Josaitis.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/28/2015

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Every Kid Matters: The Case for Early Childhood Investment

“We are going to pay if we fail to help these children reach their full potential,” said Webb.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/25/2015

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Black History Month: Successful Detroit 6th Grader Has Unending Ambition

“First I’m gonna be a lawyer, then I’m gonna be mayor of Detroit, then I’m gonna be President of the United States.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/25/2015

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