Lori Tucker, WATE-TV news anchor and broadcast journalist, will be the honoree at the 40th annual Front Page Follies on Thursday, June 14, 2018.
The Front Page Foundation will celebrate its 40th show roasting state and local newsmakers at a new venue, Knoxville’s Bijou Theatre. Proceeds will fund journalism and media education programs for high school and college students, including scholarships presented in Tucker’s honor at the University of Tennessee and Pellissippi State Community College.
“In her 25 years as a broadcast journalist in East Tennessee, Lori Tucker has developed a special relationship with viewers in this area,” said Frank Murphy, Front Page Foundation president, in announcing the honoree.
“She’s an outstanding news anchor whose hard work as a reporter also has been recognized – particularly her award-winning stories on health issues and education,” Murphy said. “In addition to all she does keeping us informed at WATE-TV, Lori’s volunteer leadership benefits this community in so many ways.”
Tucker anchors the 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscasts each weekday on WATE 6 On Your Side. She was named “Best Television Anchor” in the 2017 Golden Press Card Awards presented by the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists.
The WATE news anchor also received the Russell Cecil Award for her medical reporting and the Joy Dirksen Baker Award for her work in educating the public about cancer. She was a member of the Channel 6 evening newscast team that earned the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in broadcast news. The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Knoxville presented her with its Media Award, and Tucker was a Phi Delta Kappa Person of the Year for being a “friend of education.”
Tucker is a board member of Red Cross of East Tennessee and a past board member of the Knoxville Opera, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, and the American Cancer Society. She serves as honorary chair of the annual Breakthrough Run for Autism and has co-chaired the Hope Gala for the American Cancer Society and the “Red, White and Rock” fundraiser for the Red Cross.
Tucker is a graduate of Leadership Knoxville’s 1998 class and a member of the Executive Women’s Association of Knoxville. She started her career as a reporter at KATV in Little Rock, Ark., was a weeknight anchor at WOAI in San Antonio, Tex., and became a main anchor at KATV in Houston, Tex.
Originally from Little Rock, Ark., Tucker attended Arkansas State University and University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She and her husband Steve live in Knoxville and have two grown daughters, a son-in-law and one granddaughter.
The Front Page Follies is a musical satire of the year’s news performed by media professionals and members of the community. Each year at the Follies, the Front Page Foundation honors a person who has made important contributions to journalism in East Tennessee. The event at the Bijou Theatre will include a silent auction on Handbid.com.
Tickets to the event will range from $25 for balcony seating to $150 for VIP seating with a reception before the Follies on the stage of the Bijou. Tickets will be available beginning Feb. 16 on the Bijou Theatre web site, www.knoxbijou.org, and on the Front Page Foundation web site, www.frontpagefoundation.org.
Previously sponsored by its founding partner, the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, the Follies is now presented by a foundation chartered in 2015 and run by a volunteer board of directors. The Front Page Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization that provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in journalism and electronic media and supports professional development and education programs serving East Tennessee journalists, students and the public.
For more information, visit the Front Page Foundation website and Facebook page.