Tracie Potts is the face of Washington news every morning for 150+ local NBC stations and the “Early Today” show. As a national correspondent based on Capitol Hill, Tracie reports on the federal government, the Obama administration, Congress and important consumer and health topics, beginning at 4:00am. Her live and taped updates are seen daily on “Early Today,” MSNBC and local affiliates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco and many other cities. She also reports for The Weather Channel, CNBC Europe, Al Jazeera America, and multiple Canadian networks and local stations.
When news calls, Tracie hits the road. She covered the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns and Inaugurations. She reported from the Royal Wedding in London and followed the Royal couple during their first visit to the United States, as well as the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. More recently, Tracie reported from Rome on the selection of Pope Benedict and from South Africa covering the funeral of Nelson Mandela.
Tracie has been employed with NBC for 16 years. Before working in DC, she was based in Los Angeles, covering earthquakes and wildfires, celebrity trials, school shootings, Super Bowls, the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and other news across the west coast and Hawaii. Prior to NBC, Tracie was an anchor and reporter at local NBC and ABC stations in Alabama and Tennessee.
Tracie has been named a fellow of the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute and the Journalism Center of Children and Families. She won the Michelle Clark Fellowship from the Radio Television News Directors Foundation. Tracie has received four Ovation/GEM AwardS for outstanding employee contributions.
She earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
Tracie has taught journalism classes at Knoxville College and Biola University, and edited the debut issue of “Influence” magazine. Currently, she volunteers with The News Literacy Project, sharing her experience with middle and high school students learning about journalism.
Tracie enjoys engaging with the public whenever her schedule allows – in public and online via Facebook and Twitter. However, she focuses most of her efforts outside work on her immediate community. Tracie has served as president of her local PTA, served on her homeowners association board, and, along with her family, is active in church activities where she coordinates Vacation Bible School and writes for a national church magazine. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Congressional Chorus/American Youth Chorus.
Tracie lives in the metro Washington, D.C. area with her husband. They have three children and one grandchild.