Based abroad for seven years, he has worked in more than 50 countries or territories on four continents. He covered violent conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Middle East for years before falling in love with a terribly ill infant who had been left to die on the day she was born in AIDS-devastated Zimbabwe.
Today, that child is named Chipo Katherine Tucker. An effervescent seven-year- old, she is the Tuckerâ€™s only child.
Tucker was born in rural Mississippi at the dawn of the Civil Rights movement in the poorest, most predominantly black county in the poorest, most predominantly black state in America. He attended an all-white school, left the Deep South and later married the girl next-door in downtown Detroit â€“ Vita Griffin, a black woman 11 years his senior. They adopted Chipo against overwhelming odds while Tucker was declared, as a foreign correspondent, to be an â€œenemy of the stateâ€ while based in Zimbabwe.
Tucker explored these issues in Love in the Driest Season, a 2004 memoir that was named the Inspirational Memoir of the Year by the Books for a Better Life Foundation. It was named one of the best 25 books published that year by the American Booksellers Association and the New York City Public Library, among others. The Tuckersâ€™ story has touched listeners of National Public Radio and readers of magazines as diverse as Elle, Essence and Readerâ€™s Digest. â€œDriest Seasonâ€ has been published in Great Britain, Germany, and Australia.
Tucker most often writes about â€œrace, love, family and heartbreakâ€ in his job as a roving reporter at The Post. He has received fan mail from writers as diverse as Elmore Leonard, Alice Walker and David Halberstam. He lives with Vita and Chipo in Washington, DC.
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