Tracy Brown

Tracy Brown is Chief Content Officer at Chicago Public Media. She joined WBEZ’s awarding winning newsroom in 2019 as managing editor was promoted to Chief Content Officer in 2021. Tracy leads the media company's strategy and the station’s news operations across digital, broadcast and print. She also oversees the newsroom, broadcast programming, podcasts, events, and Vocalo, CPM’s urban alternative music station. In 2022, Chicago Public Media acquired the Chicago Sun-Times, and she now oversees editorial operations for the newspaper as well.
Prior to joining CPM, Tracy spent decade at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in roles that included deputy managing editor for Daily/Sunday print, DME of Digital News, features editor, education editor, and Page 1 editor.
For more than a decade, she worked at The Dallas Morning News in Texas as news editor and deputy arts editor. She also worked in newsrooms at the St. Petersburg Times in Florida and The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Tracy is the current chair of UGA’s alumni board for the Grady College of Journalism.
Tracy is a board member of the Local Media Association and a member of the Advisory Board of the Chicago Junior League. She is a member of The Chicago Network and the Economic Club of Chicago, where she co-chairs the nominations committee for media, arts/entertainment.
In 2023, she was named one of Chicago's most powerful women by, and Crain's Chicago Business also named her among Chicago's Who's Who in 2022.
She is a 2021 Sulzberger Executive Leadership Fellow at Columbia University, and former president of the Dunwoody-Atlanta chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc., a national organization of Black mothers nurturing children in culture and leadership.