CHICAGO (Nov. 14, 2018) – WBEZ 91.5FM, Chicago’s NPR news station, has named award-winning editor and newsroom leader Tracy Brown as its Managing Editor, effective January 14. She will lead WBEZ’s transformation to a multi-platform newsroom as the station deepens its investment in local journalism and digital innovation.
“We’re investing heavily in local journalism and Tracy’s the ideal person to lead our growing newsroom as we aspire to become Chicago’s premier news organization,” said Steve Edwards, vice president, chief content officer for WBEZ. “She’s an outstanding journalist and newsroom leader who has thrived in high-level leadership roles at some of the nation’s most innovative news organizations, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and The Dallas Morning News. She brings an impressive range of talents and experiences to our team, including keen editorial judgement, inspiring leadership ability, and a deep knowledge of digital news gathering in large metro areas.
With more than 25 years of newsroom leadership experience, Brown comes to WBEZ from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where she is currently the Deputy Managing Editor. She has held numerous editorial roles since arriving at the newspaper in 2007. As Deputy Managing Editor, she serves as a member of the newsroom’s senior leadership team, overseeing the paper’s daily digital news coverage and audience strategy, in addition to enterprise and feature reporting and podcasting. She was also the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Page One Editor for two years, planning and executing critical news decisions for the paper’s front page coverage and previously served as Features Editor, Digital Insight/Opinion Editor, and Education Editor.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Brown spent more than a decade at The Dallas Morning News as Deputy News Editor and Deputy Arts Editor, and held reporting and editing roles at the St. Petersburg Times and The State in Columbia, S.C.
Brown also serves as co-chair of Cox Media Group Atlanta’s Diversity & Inclusion task force and is a chair of the organization’s cultural committee. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has served as an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens.
Brown will lead WBEZ’s team of more than 40 journalists and a newsroom that has grown significantly in order to expand coverage and deepen the impact of its local and regional reporting. WBEZ has also expanded its portfolio of digital offerings to engage with broader, more diverse audiences and provide more options for Chicago news consumers to receive their news. Most recently, WBEZ introduced its new The Rundown daily email newsletter, designed to catch up Chicago news consumers on the biggest stories of the day with a mix of local, national and international news.
About WBEZ Chicago
WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR news station, serves the community with fact-based, objective news and information. WBEZ’s award-winning journalists ask tough questions, dig deep for answers and expose truths that spark change and foster understanding. WBEZ Chicago is home to two daily local programs, The Morning Shift and Worldview, and a growing portfolio of popular podcasts, including the “Making” series of Making Obama and Making Oprah; 16 Shots: A podcast about the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald; Nerdette; and Sound Opinions. WBEZ Chicago has a legacy of innovation as the birthplace of nationally acclaimed programs such as This American Life, and Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! and the ground-breaking podcast, Serial.
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