Ugochi Iloka

Ugochi Iloka

Reporter

Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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 uiloka@wbrc.com.


Recent Articles by Ugochi

  Community garden in Tuscaloosa damaged by flood waters

  Law firm donates 500 KN95 masks to Pickens Co. nursing home

  Celebration of life blood drive in Northport Tuesday

  ADPH gives tips for holding workplaces accountable during pandemic

  DCH shares two former COVID-19 patient recovery stories

  Sorority to host voter and census drive in Tuscaloosa Saturday

  Stop the Violence rally organized in Tuscaloosa following three shootings this week

  Whatley Health Services providing COVID-19 testing in rural communities

  Tuscaloosa medical facilities seeing more young people test for Covid-19

  Tuscaloosa Bail Out works to help most vulnerable behind bars

  Tuscaloosa mayor talks new community engagement and protection initiative

  Several ICU units full at DCH in Tuscaloosa

  Northport business owner pleads with Gov. Ivey to mandate face coverings

  Petition started to rename UA buildings with racist history

  3,500 people show up to Sunday’s peaceful protest in Tuscaloosa

West Alabama Works hosts DCH Healthcare virtual hiring event

Tuscaloosa city schools will offer distance learning for the fall

  UA studies COVID-19 impact on home sales

  Tuscaloosa church hosting new COVID-19 testing site Saturday

Tuscaloosa County Schools shares updated plans for summer feeding plan

  OLLI offers free online programs to people 50 and up

Parade for all cancer survivors to be held Saturday in Bibb Co.

21 inmates at Tuscaloosa Co. Jail test positive for coronavirus

Tuscaloosa City Schools offers free reading app to students

Shelton State offers free workforce online tutorials

Tuscaloosa County Schools revises fall school calendar; Tuscaloosa City Schools considering delayed start

  Parenting Assistance Line provides help during pandemic for summer months

  Northport charter bus business fears it won’t survive without help

  Fallen TPD officer honored with tribute billboard in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa Co. Schools make offers to Superintendent and CSFO candidates