When Vicki Yates brings you the news every night at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., you are benefiting from nearly two decades of experience and award-winning reporting.
In addition to her anchoring and reporting duties, Vicki co-hosts the annual Children's Miracle Network Telethon benefiting Vanderbilt Children's Hospital, a testament to her community involvement on and off the air.
Her career began in Detroit, Michigan in 1973 while still attending college. As a freelance reporter, she worked for Michigan's number one minority newspaper, The Michigan Chronicle. After two years with The Chronicle, Vicki moved on to Lansing, Michigan to work as a news reporter for WJIM. She drew some tough assignments, including the crime beat, and covering issues at Michigan State University.
Vicki's experience and responsibilities grew while working as Assistant News Director, reporter, and Public Affairs Director at WMJC-FM in Detroit. She was responsible for six daily newscasts and two weekly public service programs.
From there, Vicki went on to work as newswriter, producer, and news reporter at two other stations in Michigan and Ohio. Vicki's talent eventually landed her an anchor/news reporter position at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati where her abilities helped make the noon newscast number one in the market.
Before joining the NewsChannel 5 team, Vicki anchored and reported at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for 5 years. Vicki's accomplishments have earned her such honors as Black Achiever of 1982.
Vicki has won five Emmy awards. Her work as reporter, writer, and producer of the mini-documentary, "Bundles of Joy," won her an Emmy. She won another Emmy in 1996 for a special program about the life of Wilma Rudolph, her third in 2004, and her fourth in 2006 for her weekly segments of "School Patrol."
In 2011, Vicki was invited by the White House to visit Washington, D.C. and interview President Barack Obama one-on-one.
Vicki's spends much of her time on the weekends either watching movies or taking the occasional weekend trip to visit her sons at college.