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

  Suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound after hours long standoff in Tuscaloosa County

  Help available for families with daily bill struggles

  Vigil held for Tuscaloosa mom shot on interstate

  YMCA Tuscaloosa launches Operation Backpack school drive

  Town hall meeting for Tuscaloosa veterans to be held Tuesday

Tuscaloosa City Council approves money for sexual assault center

UA professor talks July 4th skin protection tips

Tuscaloosa City Schools bookkeeper resigns following filed theft report

  Elevate Tuscaloosa plan supports summer learning

  Tuscaloosa church to host health fair Saturday

Tuscaloosa County commission considering new volunteer fire committee

  Vigil to be held Friday night for teen killed in Tuscaloosa

  New pet adoption mobile hits the streets in Tuscaloosa

  Authorities searching for missing 15-foot python in Tuscaloosa

Tuscaloosa mayor reinforces teen curfew following several shootings

  Brain injury survivor camp hosted at UA

  Tuscaloosa club tackling childhood hunger this summer

  Tuscaloosa’s Civil Rights Trail officially opens

Tuscaloosa community center offers free summer meals for kids

  Fayette County deputy and commissioner arrested

  Tuscaloosa city council approves citywide short-term rentals

Man arrested for sexually extorting 3 UA students

Tuscaloosa PD to increase summer patrols

  Tuscaloosa police chief talks about solutions to violence

  Tuscaloosa group hosts foster care awareness month meeting

  New Anti-gun violence campaign launches in Tuscaloosa

Northport woman charged with negligent homicide following car crash

Northport church launches secure church training conference

  Tuscaloosa County school system approves new anti-bullying app

  16-year-old arrested after shooting at Tuscaloosa apartment complex, 2 injured