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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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

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

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

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

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

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 Detroit’s Eastern Market

Several law enforcement agencies have surrounded Eastern Market in Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/17/2013

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

Detroit Hotel Says City’s Bankruptcy Filing May Be Spurring Business

One of Detroit’s signature hotels says the city’s bankruptcy filing has not hurt business; in fact, it’s just the opposite because it actually may have helped.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/16/2013

Cobo Center’s New Ballroom, Glass Atrium Stun Visitors

We’re starting to see some of the nearly $280 million in renovations being made to Cobo Center in downtown Detroit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/10/2013

Three Men Attack Two Elderly Detroit Women In Their Beds

One was left with beaten legs, a swollen eye and lacerations after she was tied up and pummeled in her bed.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/09/2013

Two Elderly Women Terrorized And Robbed In Their Own Home

Two elderly women endure a horrific experience early Monday morning, when they are terrorized and robbed in their own home.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/09/2013

Police Raid Dollar Store In Highland Park

Highland Park’s police chief is issuing a warning after a raid on a dollar store that was apparently selling stolen goods.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/06/2013

Highland Park Mayor Shrugs Off Recall Attempt

For the first time, we’re hearing from Highland Park Mayor Deandre Windom about the attempts to boot him out of office.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/05/2013

A Beautiful Crime? Graffiti Covers Detroit’s Eastern Market

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder — but some merchants at Detroit’s Eastern Market say the graffiti there is becoming an eyesore.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/05/2013

34,000 Pounds Of Ribs And Counting For Labor Day BBQs

A busy weekend ahead for a local butcher….as metro Detroiters are planning some big barbecues to celebrate Labor Day.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/30/2013

Local McDonald’s Forced To Close Amid Protest For Higher Wages

A local McDonald’s restaurant was forced to close after its employees walked out and hundreds gathered outside to protest for higher wages.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/29/2013

Detroit’s Penrose Village Welcomes New Residents

Residents on Thursday will be moving into their new homes in the $40 million Penrose Village,

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/29/2013

Highland Park Street Blocked Off After Shooting

A police situation is unfolding in Highland Park where a street has been blocked off following a shooting.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/29/2013

Harrowing Accident And Fire For Detroiters Celebrating MLK’s Historic March

“It just shocked us that we were that close and then all of a sudden this happened,” Williams said.


Summit Aims To Right Spiritual Bankruptcy In Detroit

Promise Keepers are gearing up for a Detroit revival summit.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/21/2013

Hyatt Place Hotel At Suburban Collection Showplace Now Open

It’s a brand new hotel in the western ‘burbs.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/20/2013

Some Detroiters To Turn Celebration Of MLK March Into EM Protest

“We say get involved, get engaged and let’s not allow the clock to be turned back,” said Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony.


Petition Drive Seeks To Remove Detroit EM Kevyn Orr From Office

The drive was sparked by comments Orr made describing Detroit as “dumb, lazy, happy and rich.”

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/16/2013

Detroit Landmarks Tagged ‘For Sale’

Is Detroit really for sale?

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/14/2013

Billboards Give Wrong Date For Detroit Election

A number of Detroit billboards are urging voters to go to the polls — on the wrong day!

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/13/2013

Records Detail Fees For Detroit Turnaround Effort

The tab includes billing $275 an hour for a 22-year-old financial analyst who graduated from college last year.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/13/2013

Good Samaritan Attacked Near Renaissance Center

Was it a set up?

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/12/2013

Double Up Food Bucks Brings Greater Access To Fresh Produce In Detroit

How hard is it to eat a healthy diet in Detroit?

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/09/2013



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