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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!

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

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