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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A view of Downtown Detroit looking south on Woodward Avenue is shown July 19, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. Detroit's emergency manager Kevin Orr filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy July 18, 2013 making Detroit the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history. (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

(Photo courtesy of Asia Newson)

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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Black History: Celebrating Detroit-Based Writer Sylvia Hubbard

The years she spent contributing to the community came back ten-fold when she was in need.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/09/2015

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