An old advertising campaign at WFAA-TV once boasted, "If it touches your life, it's on News 8." Veteran journalist Doug Fox has been reporting the news and touching lives for 38 years. Fox has covered news as a working street reporter for one station in Dallas-Fort Worth for almost four decades, a record unparalleled in a business where jumping from job to job, from market to market is so often mistaken for professional accomplishment.
Fox was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in Dallas. He is a graduate of the University of Texas in Austin. Out of college, he worked for several years in news radio before joining KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City, where he worked as a weekend anchor, political reporter, and director of special projects. In 1974, he returned to Texas. Currently, the Chief Political Reporter at WFAA-TV, Doug is known as a "reporter's reporter." He has the remarkable ability to encapsulate the moment, to capture the tone and emotion of a situation, and to translate it into words and pictures understood by all.
Over his distinguished career, Fox mentored a veritable "Who's Who" of broadcasting professionals, including (to name only a few) CBS's Scott Pelley, former ABC correspondent Peggy Wehmeyer, CBS anchor Russ Mitchell, and CNN's Paula Zahn. Doug also touched the lives of countless other young journalists by always having both the time and the patience to guide interns through what, for most, was their first professional experience.
Doug is married and has three children. They live in Richardson, Texas, where they are active in local neighborhood and church activities.
Clarice Tinsley, or CT as we call her in the newsroom, has been in the television industry for 27 years. Clarice grew up in Detroit, the Motor City, and since her 5th-grade English class, knew that she wanted to motor out of there and become a reporter.
She began her career as a reporter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in July 1975 at WITI-TV. In just three years, she had become a noon and weekend anchor. Then it was time to move to KDFW in Dallas, as the main anchor. 24 years later, she's still the main anchor. Her pride and joy is "Clarice's Hometown Heroes," which each week honors an outstanding North Texas volunteer. Not only does she report on special people, but she also volunteers as a reader at Reading and Radio Resource in Dallas. Clarice reads books that are put on tape and distributed to over 50,000 blind or visually impaired children in the state of Texas.
On the anniversary of her twentieth year in television, the Dallas-Fort Worth community held an event honoring her years of service to North Texas viewers. It was a huge party and gave the community a chance to say thanks to a person who gives so much back every day.