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 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

Michigan State Police visit the Detroit City Council to talk about efforts on Belle Isle. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Belle Isle Arrest Update: Woman Busted With Half-Pound Of Pot Meant To Be Baby Shower Gift

“If you have warrants, you’re probably gonna get arrested,” on Belle Isle, state police say.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/03/2014

A home up for auction in Detroit. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Interest In Detroit Home Auction Sends Site Crashing During Bidding War

An online bidding war sparked growing virtual interest — crashing a Detroit auction website.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/02/2014

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Duggan Takes Center Stage On Mackinac Island To Highlight Progress In Detroit

Mayor Mike Duggan told a crowd of conference attendees that since he took office his team has focused on a couple of things.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/28/2014

(credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Top-Performing Public School Students Recognized In Detroit

Cass Tech student Clarke Walker, 17, is one of only 273 Detroit Public Schools graduating seniors with a GPA of 3.5 or better.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/14/2014

A home up for auction in Detroit. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Home Auctions Expand As Demand Continues In Detroit

Just after Memorial Day the city will auction “fourteen houses a week, because we feel like there is enough demand there,” said Duggan.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/12/2014

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. right, and City Council President Brenda Jones attend a business forum. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Doing Business In Detroit: Mayor Fields Questions After 100 Days In Office

Asked about plans to streamline the permitting process — Mike Duggan was brutally honest.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/16/2014

Mayor’s Budget Address To Council Delayed, Expected To Mirror EM’s Plan Of Adjustment

Detroit’s bankruptcy proceeding have delayed Mayor Mike Duggan’s budget address before the Detroit City Council.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/14/2014

Walter Bass (Booking photo)

Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend, Setting Body Ablaze In Year-Old Murder Case

Family members always suspected that 37-year-old Walter Bass was responsible for the grisly murder of 47-year-old Evelyn Gunter over a year ago.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/09/2014

Photo Credit Thinkstock

Money Smart Week: Cutting College Costs To ‘Zero’

Can you really go to college without paying a dime?

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/07/2014

WWJ Photo: Bill Szumanski

Tigers Fans On Opening Day: “It’s Like Christmas”

“It’s like Christmas.” That’s how many Detroit Tigers fans refer to Opening Day.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/31/2014

(Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Policing Still A Problem, Millions Of Dollars In Improvements Coming On Belle Isle

“When the summer time comes and you’re drinking and you’re smoking weed, you’re gonna get arrested,”

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/27/2014

Jonathan Jackson (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

Interim Fire Commissioner Retires Citing Serious Health Concerns

Mayor Duggan said he was saddened to have to accept Jackson’s resignation.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/25/2014

LaShinda Houser (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Lashinda Houser Named 2nd In Command In Detroit Police Department

The Detroit Police Department has a new woman in charge as First Assistant Chief.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/19/2014

Reed Benet (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Former Marine Wants To Populate Detroit With Veterans

A former Marine is looking to bring a surge of soldiers to the city of Detroit —but it’s not for why you may think.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/17/2014

Now That It’s A State Park, What Changes Are Ahead For Belle Isle?

Things are going to be a lot different now that Belle Isle is officially a state park. WWJ’s City Beat Reporter Vickie Thomas reports on the changes that are in store.

WWJ Newsradio 950–03/03/2014

(C) M-1 Board Chairman Roger Penske speaks before Detroit City Council. (WWJ/Vickie Thomas)

M-1 Light Rail Project Set To Break Ground In Spring

M-1 Board Chairman Roger Penske and CEO Matt Cullen gave members of the Detroit City Council an update at the session Tuesday.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/18/2014

A dilapidated building in Southwest Detroit. (credit: Ron Dewey/WWJ, File)

Detroit Plans To Force Action On Blight Removal

Clean up your property or get hauled into court. That’s the message from General Council of the Detroit Land Bank.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/13/2014

Crooks used a sledgehammer to smash their way into this east side Detroit liquor store. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Sledgehammer Crooks Strike Again On Detroit’s East Side [VIDEO]

Police believe the same suspects who busted their way into Van Dyke Liquor Market last week tried to use their sledgehammer to get into K&G Party Store.

WWJ Newsradio 950–02/10/2014

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Detroit’s VA Medical Center Pulls Double Duty For Veterans This Winter

“They definitely need to get off of the street …”

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/29/2014

Detroit Police Chief James Craig and Deputy Chief Dave LeValley speak to reporters about the arrest. (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Suspected ‘Blow Torch Rapist’ Arrested In Detroit

A suspected dangerous predator is in custody in a case that stunned Detroiters and people across the country.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/24/2014

Water bill. FILE (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

$3,000 Water Bills: Highland Park Residents’ Water Struggles Continue

Highland Park citizens are receiving unexpected bills for hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

WWJ Newsradio 950–01/23/2014

Cleanup in Detroit's Brightmoor neighborhood. (credit: Ron Dewey/WWJ)

Detroit Rising: WWJ News Special Examines Transforming Detroit Neighborhoods

The people and programs seeking to transform city neighborhoods were the focus of “Detroit Rising” — a one-hour radio special, heard on WWJ-950 in collaboration with ARISE Detroit!

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/30/2013

Detroit police investigate after a DTE Energy worker was shot outside of a home on the city's west side. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

DTE Energy Worker Shot In Head, Chest On Detroit’s West Side

A DTE Energy employee was preparing to go to work when he was shot multiple times on Detroit’s west side.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/18/2013

(Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Children’s Choir Asks ‘Where Is The Love’

They have a love for Detroit and they want to share it with the world through music.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/18/2013

The driver of the darker vehicle (left) fatally struck a teenage girl as she was crossing the road. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Teen Killed While Crossing Dimly Lit Detroit Street

Detroit police say a teenager was hit by a car as she was crossing the street in a dimly lit area on the city’s east side.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/13/2013

Woodward sign. (Credit/WoodwardAnalysis)

SEMCOG Seeks Public Opinion On Proposed Woodward Ave Rapid Bus System

SEMCOG is looking for public comment on a proposed rapid bus service along Woodward Avenue.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/09/2013

Marion Kramer (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

“This Is War — Outright War” : Detroiters Protest Bankruptcy

One hundred noisy protesters marched while they awaited a judge’s decision on whether Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/03/2013

Detroit Fire Department. (Credit: Kathryn Larson/WWJ Newsradio950)

Sources: Detroit Fire Commissioner Don Austin Stepping Down

A shakeup could be coming to the Detroit Fire Department.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/03/2013

Karla Cole (credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ)

Businessmen Pick Up Funeral Tab For Detroit Murder Victim

It’s a problem in Michigan and across the country: people having a hard time paying for a loved one’s funeral.

WWJ Newsradio 950–12/02/2013

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