Those who will miss longtime WWJ radio reporter Vickie Thomas won't have long to wait to hear her voice again. Thomas announced today she's joining Mayor Mike Duggan's administration early next month as the city's communications director.
Today is her final day on the air, and she announced the move this morning in on-air conversation with colleagues. "I'm looking forward to the challenge and making a difference for residents," she tweets.
Thomas distinguished herself through her 30-year career with the station, covering Detroit through several mayoral administrations. She is widely respected by colleagues, and her retirement from WWJ at age 58 left many wondering if she had another job in mind.
Her new boss tweets a public welcome:
For 30 years, Vickie Thomas has been admired for her professionalism and integrity in sharing stories in our community. We are excited she's joining the administration with the mission of making sure all Detroiters know about the programs and opportunities available in our City. pic.twitter.com/HBeM69sG1s— Mayor Mike Duggan (@MayorMikeDuggan) April 29, 2021
The news spread fast through Detroit-media Twitter: