Director, LMA Board
Managing Editor, WBEZ/Chicago Public Media
Tracy Brown joined WBEZ / Chicago Public Media in 2019 as managing editor after spending more than 25 years in newspapers. As WBEZ’s Managing Editor, she leads the station’s news operation of more than 40 editors, reporters and producers for both online and broadcast. Tracy oversees editorial decisions regarding enterprise, investigations, daily news and special projects.
Before WBEZ, Tracy spent 12 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution after starting as entertainment editor and moving up through roles including features editor, education editor, Page 1 editor and deputy managing editor over print and then digital. At the AJC, she helped launch the award-winning narrative series, Personal Journeys. She also served as co-chair of Cox Media Group’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.
For more than a decade, she worked at The Dallas Morning News in Texas, in addition to stints at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C.
A graduate of the University of Georgia, Tracy is vice chair of UGA’s alumni board for the Grady College of Journalism. She is a personal mentor to more than a half-dozen students and young journalists. She has one daughter, and in her free time enjoys theater and travelling abroad with friends. She is also closing in on her bucket-list goal of visiting all 50 states.