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!

(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

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