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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!

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

(credit: detroit.va.gov)

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

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