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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Butter Pecan)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
God Takes Care Of Babies, Fools And Persistent Reporters.

Birthplace

Born:
4/13/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Reporter

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream (Butter Pecan)
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
New York, New York
Favorite Quote:
God Takes Care Of Babies, Fools And Persistent Reporters.

Birthplace

Born:
4/13/1956
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Broadcast journalist Dorothy Tucker was born in Chicago, Illinois. She graduated from Austin High School in 1974, before attending Northwestern University as a communications major. While enrolled there, she became an intern at Chicago’s WBBM-TV in 1977. In the same year, after graduating, with honors, with her B.S. degree, Tucker was hired as a reporter at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois. She became a reporter in Denver at KWGN and later a reporter and weekend anchor at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1979, and went to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1981, where she reported and hosted an award winning talk show . Tucker returned to WBBM as a general assignment reporter in 1984. In 2009, Tucker began a weekly radio show, Customer Service, on WVON-AM.

She serves on the board of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Chicago chapter, and co-chaired the organization’s fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina who have moved to Illinois since the 2005 disaster. Tucker is a member of Northwestern University's Council of One Hundred. She lives in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Tucker is married to investment banker Anthony Wilkins, and has three children that all attend Ivy League universities: (Princeton University, Yale University, and the University of Pennsylvania).

She has been honored numerous times throughout her career. On two occasions, Tucker has won the Chicago Association of Black Journalists’ annual award for Outstanding Television Reporting, in 1987 and 1994. She has won nine local Emmy Awards, including two for her work on the 2003 and 2004 broadcasts of the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and one for her breaking news reports during the 2008 Northern Illinois University shootings.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her mother's role in the family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her parents' early relationship
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her maternal and paternal family reunions
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker describes her mother's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her mother's volunteerism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Dorothy Tucker recalls shopping with her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Dorothy Tucker describes her likeness to her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her decision to keep her maiden name
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Dorothy Tucker describes her father's business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 15 - Dorothy Tucker remembers her finances while attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes her father's upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her paternal grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker remembers her paternal great-grandmother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker describes her maternal family's land in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about tracing her paternal family slave history
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her early years on Chicago's West Side
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes her early neighborhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about playing softball as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker recalls taking care of her hair as a child
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker remembers her experiences with bullies
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker recalls joining the boys swim team
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about being teased about her darker skin tone
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker recalls the white flight from the Austin neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker remembers her early childhood influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker describes her early academic experiences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Dorothy Tucker talks about meeting her father's high expectations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes her junior high school experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her classes at Austin High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her social circle at Austin High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker describes her social activities at Austin High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker remembers the inequalities between the white and black schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker describes the Introduction to Radio program
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her decision to attend Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her transition to Northwestern University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker remembers being the salutatorian of her graduating at Austin High School
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her experiences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes her social activities at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her internship at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her position as reporter at WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker remembers being fired from WMBD-TV in Peoria, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker talks about reporting for KWGN-TV in Denver, Colorado, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about reporting for KWGN-TV in Denver, Colorado, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker recalls the hiring practices for black women in the early '80s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker remembers facing racism and sexism at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes the importance of investigating motives in a news story
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about the number of African American reporters in her early career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her first experiences with the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker remembers connecting with the black journalism community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker describes the Memphis Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about the etiquette for black journalists in the South
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker recalls issues concerning salary for black journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker remembers applying to KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker describes the black journalism community in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker recalls founding the Pittsburgh Media Association in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her assignments at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker describes her talk show at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker remembers being hired at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker describes her mentor, Bob Petty
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about preparing for the news market in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her transition to reporting in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker remembers Harold Washington's tenure as mayor of Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker describes the impact of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Dorothy Tucker talks about the racial factor of reporting in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 7 Story: 11 - Dorothy Tucker recalls Harry Porterfield's demotion at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 12 - Dorothy Tucker recalls Harry Porterfield's demotion at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes the relationship between news stations and the black community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about notable African American on-air personalities in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker recalls Johnathan Rodgers' tenure as the general manager of WBBM-TV
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker remembers winning the Chicago Black Journalists' award for Outstanding Television Reporting
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her experience with discrimination at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about Operation PUSH's involvement in her discrimination incident at WBBM-TV
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker recalls her decision to remain at WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Dorothy Tucker remembers her work in the media outside of TV news reporting
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Dorothy Tucker describes Felicia Middlebrooks' pay scandal
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Dorothy Tucker describes her parents' reactions to her career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her family
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Dorothy Tucker reflects upon her career
  • Tape: 9 Story: 4 - Dorothy Tucker describes Chicago's current media market
  • Tape: 9 Story: 5 - Dorothy Tucker reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 9 Story: 6 - Dorothy Tucker talks about her future projects
  • Tape: 9 Story: 7 - Dorothy Tucker reflects upon her legacy