Vickie 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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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.
Detroit’s mayoral campaign trail has taken a decidedly negative tone in these final days leading up to Tuesday’s election.
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A Detroit woman who was recently carjacked says crime in the city has spiraled out of control.
Wednesday marks a deadline for the group to pay a large chunk of the $6 million winning bid for the crumbling Packard Plant.
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.
They were one of Detroit’s wealthiest couples before a nasty break-up and now, you have the chance to experience their lavish lifestyle.
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The crowd is full of retired Detroit police officers, many of whom agree: “I earned my damn pension, every dollar.”
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.
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Just steps away from Comerica Park, a new pop-up beer garden is opening for all three ALCS games in Detroit.
Detroit police say a man in his 20’s is dead after a shooting in the parking lot of a bank along Woodward Avenue.
Assistant Police Chief Eric Jones says that this changing of the guard will have an immediate impact within the community.
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.
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Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants residents to take back their neighborhoods with a new program being unveiled this weekend.
The city is once again preparing for its annual anti-arson effort around Halloween.
The Wayne County elections commission ruled the petition lacked hard facts.
Detroit is hoping for some badly needed cash from the federal government, as several members of the Obama administration meet in the Motor City.
“At this point, you know if you did something or didn’t do something, to me it’s confusing even what the allegations are.”
Detroit’s Police Chief said that the latest FBI crime report shows there has been a downward trend in violent crime.
“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.
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Several law enforcement agencies have surrounded Eastern Market in Detroit.