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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!

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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

Darnell Small (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Black Business Owner Claims Race At Heart Of Alleged Effort To Bully Him Out Of Detroit

A black business owner says he’s being forced out of the “new Detroit.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/16/2015

The exterior of the historic Strathmore Hotel. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Historic Strathmore Hotel To Be Revitalized, Reinvented As Midtown Residential Space

The Strathmore building on Alexandrine at Woodward was officially closed off in 2006 after falling into disrepair and becoming a haven for prostitutes and drug dealers.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/13/2015

Gabrielle Clements, 65-year-old Randye Bullock & her 81-year-old brother Charles Fiedler (Family photo).

‘Christmas Miracle’ Unites Long-Lost Siblings

“When I met Randye, all I could say was ‘wow,'” he said. “She was so beautiful to me.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/22/2014

Participants in a protest in downtown Detroit laid down on the pavement as if they were dead,  demonstrating in honor of  Eric Garner. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

‘Die-In’ Held In Detroit To Protest Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner Case

Participants laid down on the pavement as if they were dead before marching down Woodward Ave.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/04/2014

A patch crew at work on potholes along I-75 in Detroit. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Massive Pothole Blamed For Multiple Flat Tires On I-75 In Detroit

Drivers have been dodging a disastrous pothole problem on I-75 over the Rouge River Bridge in southwest Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/24/2014

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Director of Elections, Will Wesley. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Election Officials Prepare For Stronger Voter Turnout Due To Close Races

A new app will be ready to roll for the 2014 elections in Wayne County …

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/30/2014

A career opportunities fair was held at Detroit's Cobo Center. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Detroit Job-Seekers Crowd Cobo Center, Hoping To Land Work On New Red Wings Arena

Metro Detroiters turned out in big numbers to get in on the action to build a new downtown Red Wings hockey arena and entertainment district.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2014

American singer-songwriter Michael Bolton arrives to attend the 65th annual Red Cross Gala, on August 2, 2013, in Monaco. Created in 1948, the gala is an annual charity event held in Monaco by its Princely Family during the summer. (VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Bolton Takes On New Challenge With Film About Detroit

Michael Bolton has been working on the documentary for about two years and expects the film should be completed in early 2015.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/27/2014

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Audit Reveals Questionable Expenses, Shoddy Record Keeping At Detroit Parking Department; Park-Rite Jobs On Chopping Block

“One issue is that they paid one employee making $12.50 an hour for 6,400-some hours with no time cards,” while most fulltime workers log just over 2,000 hours a year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/08/2014

Dearborn neighborhood flooding. (credit: Stephanie Davis/WWJ)

FEMA Funds Still Available For Metro Detroit Homeowners Affected By August Floods

If you suffered losses or damage from the massive flooding in August, you could be eligible for some federal help.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/07/2014

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DPS Foundation To Honor Detroit’s ‘Champions Of Education’

The Detroit Public Schools Foundation hosting its very first donor recognition program on Friday, Oct. 10.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/05/2014

Detroit Councilwoman Saunteel Jenkins and Councilman James Tate are seen heading into a closed session on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Will Kevyn Orr Stay Or Go? Detroit City Council Debates Emergency Manager’s Future Behind Closed Doors

Detroit City Council entered a third day of discussions about the future of Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/25/2014

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Detroit City Council Votes To Approve Regional Water Department Deal

Council members voted 7-2 in support of a plan to create the Great Lakes Water Authority.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/19/2014

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Historic Metropolitan Building Gets A Makeover

“It’s a daunting task; there’s a lot of damage to this building.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/05/2014

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Kids With Cell Phones: How Young Is Too Young?

One Detroit Public Schools principal says she’s seen plenty of third and fourth graders armed with mobile devices.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/02/2014

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Group Calls On Detroit To Permanently Extend Moratorium On Water Shutoffs

The city had given residents who were late on their water bills 15 days to pay up.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/26/2014

A group of Detroit area pastors demonstrate for justice in the Michael Brown case. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Chanting ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ Detroit Pastors Demand Justice For Michael Brown

A small, diverse group of clergy marched to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Barbara McQuade,

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/25/2014

Detroit seniors attend a safety summit on Belle Isle. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Should Older Detroit Citizens Arm Themselves? Seniors Talk Safety Concerns At Summit

Some Detroit seniors, scared about safety in the city, are choosing to arm themselves,

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/19/2014

Mark Tillman (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Fraternity Group Offers To Pay For Michael Brown’s Funeral

Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity is offering to pay the full cost of Michael Brown’s funeral service.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/18/2014

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Man Rescued After Tree Crashes Down On Car Near Midtown Detroit

Heavy rains that saturated the ground are being blamed for a huge tree falling onto a man’s car as he drove through Highland Park.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/13/2014

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

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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

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