Lori Tucker

Lori Tucker

Date of Joining WATE: June 1993

Birthplace/Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.


  • Arkansas State University
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Previous Media Experience:

  • KHTV-TV, Houston, Texas (Weeknight Anchor)
  • KMOL-TV, San Antonio, Texas (Weeknight Anchor)
  • KATV – TV, Little Rock, Ark. (General Assignments Reporter)

Personal Information:

  • Husband works at Scripps Networks Interactive and freelances as a photographer for ESPN.
  • Two daughters

Outside Interests/Hobbies:

Other than our children and their activities, we enjoy traveling to faraway places, but also enjoy weekend getaways to a chalet in Pigeon Forge. I spend any spare time reading, working out, and doing volunteer work. I am past President of the local American Cancer Society, and am a member of Executive Women’s Association.

What You Enjoy About Local News:

The sense of belonging to the community. I enjoy being a “messenger” of important information to the lives of East Tennesseans. For the 20 years I’ve been in television news, I’ve never considered doing anything but local news. It’s like being part of a family. Since health issues affect everyone, my special reports on breakthrough medical treatments and fitness are something I spend a lot of time on and enjoy.

Media Awards and Honors:

  • Edward R. Murrow Award for 11PM Newscast
  • Russell Cecil Award for series of reports on arthritis.
  • Media Award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Knoxville.
  • Phi Delta Kappa Person of the Year Award for being a “friend of education.”
  • Joy Dirksen Baker award for work in educating the public about cancer.
  • Graduate of Leadership Knoxville, class of 1998