Clarice Tinsley

Clarice Tinsley


Millions of viewers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area have turned to FOX 4’s Clarice Tinsley for the latest headlines and the most in-depth news stories affecting Texas and the world.

With major investigative reporting awards to her credit, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, Clarice is uncompromising in her commitment to inform the community thoroughly and credibly.

Recognized as one of Texas’ most knowledgeable reporters, Clarice is on the air and has been on the scene as important news stories unfold.

In December 2020, Clarice was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Association of Black Journalists.  

In 2018, she was awarded an Emmy for "The Fierce and Fearless," and in 2017 Clarice was an awarded an Emmy for "The Distinguished Professor."

On July 6, 2017, on the eve of the one year anniversary of the Dallas Police Ambush, the Dallas Police Department held their "Night of Honor" award ceremony.  Clarice was the Keynote Speaker.  The evening posthumously awarded the Police Cross to the families of Dallas Police Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Patrick Zamarripa and Sgt. Michael Smith.  DART Police Officer Brent Thompson was also killed that night.  More than one hundred Dallas Police Officers received awards for their valor that tragic night.         

In June, 2017, Clarice marked her 9th year as the Reading Ambassador for the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge.  She takes StoryTime to Dallas branch libraries, reads to children and talks about the fun and prizes they get by reading every day and enrolling in the Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by FOX4.

In April 2017, the State Fair of Texas announced the creation of the Clarice Tinsley Journalism Scholarship. This educational opportunity will be given to a Pete Schenkel State Fair of Texas Scholarship college recipient who is studying to become a broadcast or print journalist.  

In May 2016, Clarice received an honor from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. During Commencement, the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters was bestowed upon her as she was hooded in the crimson and gold colors of Austin College. Clarice Tinsley, H.D.L.

In January 2016, Clarice was given the Ann Williams Award from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre.  It was presented to Clarice by Country Music Legend and Grammy winner, Charley Pride.     

On New Year’s Eve 2015, Clarice was in Dubai celebrating her birthday with her husband.  At 9:30 that night there were at a party preparing to watch the midnight fireworks in front of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, when Clarice saw smoke. It got darker.  She went on social media and learned it was at The Address condo and hotel. Clarice shot video of the smoke from the roof of her hotel and sent it to FOX4.  Then she took off her high heels, put on her athletic shoes and walked 2 miles with her husband to cover the fire and send the video back to FOX4.   

In December 2015, Clarice was delighted to be the Narrator of "Twas the Night before Christmas" with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brass Section at The Meyerson Symphony Center.

On March 19, 2014, Clarice Interviewed President Barack Obama in the White House, making national and international news.  She was the first reporter to ask the president about the search for Malaysian flight MH-370.  A North Texan was one of the 239 passengers on board the Triple 7. 

In June 2013, Clarice was the only reporter at the unveiling of "The Winning Play".  The sculpture was created by Bob Hogan and presented to Mrs. Tom Landry and Hall of Fame Quarterback, Roger Staubach.  The 60 pound sculpture shows Coach Landry minutes before a noon game ends…on the sidelines giving the game winning play to Staubach.

In April 2013, Clarice was part of the crew that brought live coverage of the five presidents in Dallas for the opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and Library.

In April 2013, Clarice was one of nine Dallas women honored with the inaugural "High Tea with High Heels" Award.

November 2012 marked the start of Clarice's 35th year as the evening news anchor and a special assignments reporter at KDFW FOX4.  She was honored to be inducted into the Lone Star Emmy Chapter's Silver Circle for her 25+ years of excellence and contributions to the television broadcast community.  Clarice also had the thrill of riding in the Triple A Pace Car at Texas Motor Speedway for the Triple A Texas 500.  

In May 2012, Clarice canoed down the Trinity River for a story on the waterway North Texas takes for granted. The Trinity starts near Gainesville and flows for 710 miles to Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico. It's a habitat for animals in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth, and the source of water for 11 million Texans.  Clarice and FOX4 Photographer Raul Cantu showed the natural beauty of the Trinity, something North Texans never see. 

In May 2012, Clarice was featured in the publication, "Who's Who in Black Dallas".  In December 2011, Clarice received the Asante Award from the Dallas Fort Worth Association of Black Journalists.

In April 2012, Clarice sat down for a one on one interview with GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul. Dr. Paul discussed his financial policies, his reasons for staying in the race for the nomination despite overwhelming odds...and his response to Gov. Rick Perry's "Ooops" moment during a GOP debate.

Clarice was named "Outstanding Female of 2010" at the Cooper Fitness Center for her commitment to fitness, health and weight loss.

Clarice received the 2009 Dallas Historical Society Award of Excellence for Outstanding Contributions in the Creative Arts.  The same month she was awarded the Mary McLeod Bethune Award from the National Council of Negro Women.

In addition to the George Foster Peabody Award, Clarice has earned a DuPont-Columbia Citation, an Emmy, three Dallas Press Club Katie Awards, two Awards of Excellence from American Women in Radio and Television, Best Investigative Reporting from Texas Associated Press, the Texas Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting, the Journalistic Award for Excellence from the American College of Emergency Physicians and First Place from the Texas Public Health Association.

Clarice was a member of the Board of Directors of Girls Scouts of Northeast Texas. She's an Advisory Board Member of St. Philip's School in South Dallas . She’s a past Advisory Board member for the School of Journalism at SMU.  She was a member of the YET Board of Directors and Chaired the YET Communications and Public Relations Committee.  Clarice is also a member of the Board of Directors of SLANT.  She was a member of the Super Bowl XLV Host Committee's Board of Directors and she was Chair of the Super Bowl XLV Communications Action Team.

On November 13, 2022, Clarice celebrated 44 years as KDFW FOX4 Reporter and Anchor of the 10 p.m. news.

The latest from Clarice Tinsley

Hometown Hero: Dallas ISD grab-and-go meals

Dallas ISD feeds more than 100,000 students each school day.  Since the coronavirus closed DISD schools, the district has plans to still feed its students. Many of them live in food-insecure homes, food deserts and in challenging situations.

Hometown Hero: Barbara Walker

In 2010 she started volunteering on the front lobby deak at Texas Health Plano. She calls her volunteer service a "JOY." In good times and in bad, she's there for the patients and their families.

Hometown Heroes: Marjorie and Trevor Hylton

Marjorie and Trevor Hylton were born in Jamaica and have lived and traveled all over the world. For 32 years they've called Garland home and now they’re both volunteers.

Hometown Heroes: Alz Buddy App

5.8 million Americans have Alzheimer's. In Texas almost 400,000 people have the disease. A person develops Alzheimer's every 62 seconds in America.

Hometown Heroes: Stitch A Wish

For 14 years, expert sewers have put lots of love in the items they make for patients at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth.