Tracey Eaton: Faculty and Staff
Research, Professional and Creative Activity:
Eaton has a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University and a bachelor’s degree in political science and Spanish from Rutgers College. During college, he spent his junior year abroad at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City.
Area of Research:
Eaton has received three Pulitzer Center grants for reporting projects in Cuba and Bolivia. His areas of interest include U.S.-Cuba relations, Latin America, social justice, human rights, crime, race, human trafficking and the environment, particularly in regions where development threatens endangered plants, animals and indigenous groups.
Tracey Eaton is an award-winning writer, producer and multimedia journalist. He has worked throughout Latin America. He is a former Fulbright scholar in Ecuador and a three-time Pulitzer Center grantee. Eaton headed Dallas Morning News bureaus in Mexico and Cuba from 1994 to 2005. He investigated corruption and organized crime in Mexico and along the U.S.-Mexico border, and covered the fighting in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks. His stories have appeared in hundreds of online media outlets and more than 100 U.S., Canadian and Latin American newspapers. He was metro editor for the Houston Chronicle before joining Flagler College. He has worked as a freelance journalist since 2008. Clients have included NBC News, USA Today, Newsweek, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, News Deeply and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. Eaton worked as a field producer for NBC News in Havana in August 2015. He assisted NBC’s Nightly News, led by Lester Holt, with its coverage of the historic opening of U.S. embassy.
Green Eyeshade Awards
First place, politics reporting, for investigation of waste and abuse in federal government programs aimed at assisting Cuban immigrants, 2016. See Easy Money: U.S. Welfare Flows to Cuba.
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Finalist for Tom Renner Award, which recognizes outstanding watchdog reporting, for investigation into Cuban organized crime, 2016. See Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline.
Florida Society of Newspaper Editors
Second place, investigative reporting, for investigation of waste and abuse in federal government programs aimed at assisting Cuban immigrants, 2016. See Easy Money: U.S. Welfare Flows to Cuba.
First place, Feature Writing, for story about Cuban spy Juan Pablo Roque, 2013. See “Retired spy lives in obscurity.”
Second place, Feature Writing, for story about Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez, 2014. See “Yoani Sánchez stirs up cyberspace.”
Teaching and Related Service:
- Intro to Media
- Magazine Writing
- International Communication
- Writing for Mass Media
- Editing and Layout
- Multimedia Production for Journalists
- Reporting I
- Reporting II
- Photojournalism I
- Photojournalism II
- Advanced Photojournalism
- Senior Portfolio
Eaton is a member of Storyhunter.com, an online community of more than 20,000 freelance videographers. He became an FAA certified drone pilot in 2017. Eaton is also a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Press Photographers Association.