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CANDIDATE FOR REGION II DIRECTOR

 


Vickie Thomas

City Beat Reporter

WWJ/CBS Radio

Detroit, MI

 

Intro/Background:

 

Vickie Thomas is an awarding winning reporter at WWJ/CBS Radio in Detroit.  She is the morning drive and city beat reporter covering all things Detroit. Vickie is also a union steward for SAG-AFTRA.

 

Education:

 

Thomas attended Michigan State University and in 1989, Vickie graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in journalism.

 

Experience:

 

Vickie began her radio reporting career at WDET, public radio in Detroit. She landed the job in 1988, prior to graduating from Wayne State University.

 

After spending three years at WDET, in 1991, Thomas joined the staff of WWJ, the oldest radio station in the country. She quickly moved up the ranks from writer and producer to morning drive reporter.

 

While continuing her duties at WWJ Radio, Thomas served as co-anchor of the weekly news magazine program, “In-depth Detroit” seen on WWJ-TV.

 

Related Experience:

 

Thomas has received journalism awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, NABJ, The Detroit Press Club, AP and she clinched a national Gabriel Award. Thomas was named “Journalist of the Year” by The International Black Expo.

 

Vickie has also earned community service awards from The Highland Park Business Association, The Highland Park Lions Club, The Detroit City Clerk and the U.S. Census Bureau. She was among the inaugural group named as “Esteemed Women of Michigan” inductees.

 

Thomas became president of the Detroit Chapter of the NABJ in 2009. Under her leadership, members captured “Chapter of the Year” honors.

 

Statement:

 

Serving as NABJ Region IV Director for nearly two years, I increased the number of student chapters by three and anticipate two new professional chapters to come onboard by the end of the year. I also held a successful Region IV Conference in Detroit in 2014. I hope to continue the progress as Director of the new and expanded Region II.

 

Prior to becoming Region IV Director, I delivered results as President of the Detroit Chapter of NABJ. Under my leadership, we won “Chapter of the Year.” Our membership went from 33 to 76 and our treasury nearly quadrupled.

 

 

 

 

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