Ugochi Iloka has been a part of the WBRC FOX6 News team as a reporter since October of 2016. You can spot her on Good Day Alabama weekday mornings from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Ugochi graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Mass Communications emphasis in Broadcast Journalism, while minoring in political science.
She was born and raised in Houston, Texas where she interned for the FOX affiliate there in college, Fox 26 News. You’ll notice her unique name. Ugochi says most people think it’s Japanese, but the origin is actually Nigerian. In junior high, she attended boarding school in Nigeria where her parents migrated to the U.S. from.
Before moving to Alabama, Ugochi reported for an ABC affiliate, 40/29 news in Fayetteville, Arkansas for more than three years.
During her time there, she won an Arkansas Associated Press award in 2013 for her continuous Scott County flood coverage that killed the county sheriff while trying to save a woman from flood waters.
Ugochi also followed some big breaking news stories including a growing gang problem in the city of Springdale resulting in multiple deadly drive-by shootings, and the death of a six-year-old boy who was murdered and raped by his parents.
One of the most memorable stories she covered involved speaking to a woman who found a cat with an arrow pierced in its head, creating a social media frenzy.
Ugochi is excited to cover the stories that matter to people living in Tuscaloosa and the rest of West Alabama. "I want to connect with the people here and find out what they care about," said Ugochi. She also already knows all about our culture of football. "I traded in my ‘Woo pig sooie’ call for a ‘Roll Tide,’" said Ugochi.
When she’s not reporting, she’s taking her daughter Skylar-Oluchi to gymnastics class, or participating in events organized by her sorority Zeta Phi Beta.
Ugochi is always looking for new story ideas, community service, and speaking event opportunities. If you know of any you can find her on Facebook, tweet her at @UgochiWBRC or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A little ray of sunshine came to two recent formerly positive COVID-19 patients. Both men were discharged from the DCH Rehab Pavilion at Northport Medical Center, and they agreed to share their testimonies of recovery.
DCH Regional Medical Center reported seeing more young people test for Covid-19 with some even testing positive, other medical facilities in Tuscaloosa like Whatley Health services said their seeing a similar trend.
“I’m pleading that you use your authority to help stop the spread of Covid-19 in Alabama," that is what Everyday Rustics owner in Northport Christine Grace wrote in an open letter faxed to Governor Kay Ivey, after loosing a loved one to the deadly virus.
Tuscaloosa county schools is sharing more plans for their summer feeding program. Each child can receive five days worth of meals, Wednesday, that’s 10 meals total since breakfast and lunch are provided through The Tuscaloosa county child nutrition program.
Shelton State Community College is offering self-paced workforce based tutorials. As a response to the impact of COVID-19, these tutorials are available at no charge. However people still have to sign up on their website and check out, like they’re going to pay but they won’t.
Earlier this week several people with Tuscaloosa charter buses went to D.C. to ask for more federal funding to assist their struggling industry. One Northport motor coach business, which couldn’t afford to go, explained why help needs to be on the way soon.
The Tuscaloosa county school Board made offers to candidates for Superintendent and Chief School Financial Officer. Both are women, who aren’t strangers to Alabama and both have worked in the state in different previous roles.