Dorothy Tucker is a general assignment reporter, with a specialty in consumer news at WBBM-TV in Chicago. She is also the weekly host of a consumer show on Chicago’s “WVON radio, one of the oldest African-American stations in the country.
Tucker graduated “with honors” in three years from Northwestern University’s Radio/TV/Film department in 1977. She’s a past board member of NU’s School of Speech and Alumni Association and is currently a member of its “Council of One Hundred”.
Tucker began her television career in Peoria, has served on the local NABJ boards in Denver and Memphis, and was a founding member of the chapter in Pittsburgh. She’s devoted 30 years to the NABJ chapter in Chicago, holding numerous executive positions. Tucker joined the national board of the NABJ in the mid-80’s and served five years as Region III Director. In her role as regional director, she oversaw successful regional conventions in Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. In her current role, Tucker has helped raise thousands of dollars to support the local chapter’s scholarships and philanthropic activities.
Tucker has received more than a dozen local Emmys in her career. She’s been honored by NABJ’s Chicago chapter with its annual award for Outstanding Television Reporting and has received a national UPI Spot News Award.
NABJ has been instrumental in the success of my career. It’s time to give back...again. I have two main goals, if elected. One, to pursue freelance opportunities for radio and TV broadcasters who are able to take advantage of offers from companies looking for experienced talent. Two, create a mentorship program that pairs current board members, task force members, and other NABJ leaders with young journalists. By working with veterans on various projects millennials will have a greater understanding of what it takes to run the organization. Consequently, they will be better prepared for leadership positions.