Northeast State is privileged to welcome NBC national correspondent and news anchor Tracie Potts to campus on Oct. 6 for an insightful presentation about news and issues.
Potts will give two presentation in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts (WRCPA) the first beginning at 1:30 p.m. and the second beginning at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is free and open to the public.
Potts is the face of Washington D.C. news every morning for more than 150 local NBC stations and the “Early Today” show. As a national correspondent based on Capitol Hill, she reports on the federal government, the Obama administration, Congress and important consumer and health topics. Her live and taped updates are seen daily on “Early Today,” MSNBC and local affiliates in New York, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, San Francisco and many other cities.
Potts impressive career includes covering the 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaigns and Inaugurations. She reported from the 2012 Olympics and the Royal Wedding in London, and followed the Royal couple during their first visit to the United States. She reported from Rome on the selection of Pope Benedict and from South Africa on the death of Nelson Mandela.
Before working in Washington, 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.
She earned bachelor and master’s of Science degrees from Northwestern University’s prestigious Medill School of Journalism. Potts 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 and has twice received NBC’s “Ovation” Award for outstanding employee contributions.
Potts 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.
Potts enjoys engaging with the public whenever her schedule allows, she focuses most of her efforts outside work on her immediate community. Potts and her family are active in church activities where she coordinates Vacation Bible School and writes for a national church magazine, the Bethlehem Star.