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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(Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Residents ‘Jump From Windows’ After Apartment Building Catches Fire

Some residents were forced to jump from windows on the upper floors to escape the blaze.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/21/2013

Photo Exhibit

What Role Will The Arts Play In Detroit’s Comeback?

A couple of local photographers say they believe the arts will play a huge role. They say there should be “places where you can go in to see a Motor City or Motown-type revue.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/11/2013

Artist rendering of the Woodward Light Rail. (Credit: m-1rail.com)

Why Was A Local Bid On The Woodward Rail Project Rejected?

The head of the M-1 rail project is denying claims that a contractor lost out on work as a result of being caught up in the failed jail debacle.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/04/2013

Mike Duggan and Benny Napoleon during happier times -- June, 2013. (credit: Pat Sweeting/WWJ)

Final Campaign Blitz Gets Dirty Days Before Detroit Mayoral Election

Detroit’s mayoral campaign trail has taken a decidedly negative tone in these final days leading up to Tuesday’s election.

WWJ Newsradio 950–11/01/2013

Artist rendering of the Woodward Light Rail. (Credit: m-1rail.com)

Contractor: Failed Jail Caused Loss Of M-1 Rail Project; Awarded To Cali. Company

“M-1 chose to begin negotiations with another contractor to avoid being subjected to public criticism. So now, many of the jobs and revenues are going to out-of-state contractors instead of staying in state.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/31/2013

Woman Relives Carjacking Experience, Says Crime In Detroit Is Out Of Hand

A Detroit woman who was recently carjacked says crime in the city has spiraled out of control.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/31/2013

The Old Packard Plant in 2012. (WWJ Photo/Mike Campbell)

County Concerned Investors Won’t Pay On Bid For Crumbling Packard Plant

Wednesday marks a deadline for the group to pay a large chunk of the $6 million winning bid for the crumbling Packard Plant.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/30/2013

Union members protest outside during the City of Detroit's bankruptcy hearing at the U.S. Courthouse July 24, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Protesters Arrive Early In Advance Of Governor’s Testimony

Protesters started arriving in the pre-dawn hours ahead of Governor Snyder’s testimony on Monday in the federal trial to determine if Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/28/2013

Items available for purchase during the estate sale of Don Barden and Bella Marshall. (Credit: estatesales.net)

Estate Sale Offers Glimpse Into Lives Of Former Detroit Power Couple Don Barden, Bella Marshall

They were one of Detroit’s wealthiest couples before a nasty break-up and now, you have the chance to experience their lavish lifestyle.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/25/2013

Protesters gather outside the federal courthouse in Detroit where a bankruptcy trial is underway. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Protests Continue, Analysts Testify In Detroit Bankruptcy Trial

“This entire process is illegal and it should be thrown out by Judge Rhodes.” said one protester.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/24/2013

Detroit Police Chief James Craig (Credit: Jon Hewett/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Police Chief Catches Flak Over ‘Carjacking’ Victim Experience

“Wow, the chief of police is running from crime in Detroit? Aren’t these the people that run to crime?”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/24/2013

Protesters gather outside the federal courthouse in Detroit where a bankruptcy trial is underway. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Streets Shut Down As Protesters Gather Outside Detroit Bankruptcy Trial

The crowd is full of retired Detroit police officers, many of whom agree: “I earned my damn pension, every dollar.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/23/2013

Ex -Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.(Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

WSU Hosting Summit On Public Corruption

The summit comes on the heels of the sentencing last week of Detroit’s ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, and of his father Bernard Kilpatrick and contractor Bobby Ferguson.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/21/2013

Outside Nemo's Bar on Michigan Avenue. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Businesses Score Big During Tigers Run In ALCS

Despite the Tigers lagging in the ALCS, many businesses downtown are scoring big. In fact — the “green” stretches all the way back to the neighborhood where the Tigers used to play.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/16/2013

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Pop-Up Beer Garden Welcomes Detroit Tigers Fans During ALCS

Just steps away from Comerica Park, a new pop-up beer garden is opening for all three ALCS games in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/15/2013

Police said a man in his 20's died after being shot multiple times outside of this Chase bank in Detroit. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Man Fatally Shot Outside Detroit Bank

Detroit police say a man in his 20’s is dead after a shooting in the parking lot of a bank along Woodward Avenue.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/11/2013

(C) Detroit Police Chief James Craig announces promotions within the department. (WWJ/Vicki Thomas)

Detroit Police Chief Consolidates The Ranks Within Department

Assistant Police Chief Eric Jones says that this changing of the guard will have an immediate impact within the community.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/08/2013

A Detroit plaque in a sidewalk in downtown Detroit (Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Detroit City Council Candidates Square Off In Debate Series

For the first time in about 100 years, Detroiters will be electing city council members by district when they head to the polls next month.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/08/2013

Detroit Police James Craig speaks to officers. (credit: Jon Hewett/WWJ, File)

Detroit Police Chief To Announce New Leadership Team

Is there about to be a shakeup among Detroit’s police ranks? Police Chief James Craig says he will announce this week who he’s tapping to join his team.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/07/2013

Detroit Police Chief Craig. (WWJ/Beth Fisher)

Police Chief Urges Detroiters To Form Block Clubs, Patrols

Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants residents to take back their neighborhoods with a new program being unveiled this weekend.

CBS Detroit–10/04/2013

Angels' Night volunteers. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Seeks Volunteers For Angel’s Night Patrols

The city is once again preparing for its annual anti-arson effort around Halloween.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/03/2013

Highland Park Mayor DeAndre Windom (WWJ Photo/Vickie Thomas) FILE

Elections Commission Rejects Petition To Recall Highland Park Mayor

The Wayne County elections commission ruled the petition lacked hard facts.

WWJ Newsradio 950–10/02/2013

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) File

Detroit Could Receive $100M From Feds For Recovery

Detroit is hoping for some badly needed cash from the federal government, as several members of the Obama administration meet in the Motor City.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/26/2013

Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano (Credit: WWJ  Newsradio 950) FILE

Ficano Stays Upbeat On Jail Project Even As Grand Jury Investigates

“At this point, you know if you did something or didn’t do something, to me it’s confusing even what the allegations are.”

CBS Detroit–09/24/2013

(credit: WWJ Newsradio 950) File

Detroit Police Chief Sees Lower Crime Rate, Praises Officer Morale, New Cars

Detroit’s Police Chief said that the latest FBI crime report shows there has been a downward trend in violent crime.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/23/2013

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (credit: Vickie Thomas, WWJ)

Bing: Summit May Precede Detroit Taking Advantage Of Federal Dollars

“I know it’s an impossible dream, but if we can tear down every house that ought to be torn down, can you imagine what the city of Detroit would look like?” Archer said.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/23/2013

A surveyor uses a high-tech GPS to perform an audit of Detroit street lights. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Detroit Starts Pole-By-Pole Audit Of Street Lights

The tedious task of auditing Detroit’s much-maligned street lighting grid is officially underway in a couple of neighborhoods.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/19/2013

Police surround Eastern Market in Detroit as part of an investigation into Bridge Card fraud. (Credit: Vickie Thomas/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Police Surround Detroit’s Eastern Market

Several law enforcement agencies have surrounded Eastern Market in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/17/2013

Evelyn Gunter (Handout photo)

A Murder, A DNA Match And A Fearful Family

The case of a missing Detroit mother has now turned into a murder investigation.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/17/2013

Union Rep: Detroit High Schools Overcrowded

A union official says Detroit public high schools are facing a crisis two weeks into the school year..

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/16/2013

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