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Tracey McCain wakes you up every weekday morning from 5-8 a.m. on WFMY News 2's The Good Morning Show and then has lunch with you weekdays on WFMY News 2 at Noon.

Tracey brings her warm smile and over a decade of news journalism to WFMY News 2, but the job's biggest thrill is the location. Tracey is incredibly happy to be home in North Carolina, broadcasting news in the community where she grew up.

The University of Connecticut graduate got her start at WSHM in Springfield, MA and then later at WFSB in Hartford, CT. While in the Northeast, Tracey covered mostly crime and politics. Her reports helped shed light on several political scandals and crime rings. Her effort and skill led to several regional award nominations in journalism.

While Tracey's career was certainly in bloom up North, home was calling and she jumped at the chance to report at the station she grew up watching: WFMY.

Tracey keeps busy volunteering for several Triad organizations and serves as a motivational speaker and role model for young people in the community.

When Tracey's not at work, she enjoys not being at work. A self-proclaimed nerd, you can find her at the library curled up with a good book or taking in local artwork at area galleries.

Tracey is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, a member of the National Press Photographers Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Tracey has been twice nominated for Emmy Awards for her involvement in the community service program "Read 2 Succeed."

In January 2015, her hard work paid off when she won an Emmy.

Q&A with Tracey McCain

If you weren't on television news, what would you do for a living?

That's an easy one. I originally went to college to become a teacher but fell in love with television news after a local reporter interviewed me about an on-campus news event. I never looked back.

Name one of your role models.

My mom is my inspiration. A few years ago, she had a life threatening operation and even though doctors doubted her survival she kept going. It takes a strong woman to compete against all odds and make it. I watched her literally fight for her life every single day for months. It gave me courage to see her not give up. Since then, I look at everything like it's a piece of cake because unlike her, I haven't had to fight for something that important.

What was your best subject in school?

My best subject in school was creative writing. I won several awards in Middle and High School for my essays and short stories. In college, I enjoyed my journalism classes.

What are your hobbies?

As I child I took countless piano and dance lessons. I still enjoy them both. When I'm really feeling it, I'll pull out my tap shoes and play around. And if there's a piano around, I can't help tickling the ivory a little.

Brag a little about your family.

My family is awesome. My mom is a retired Psychiatrist and my dad is a retired state Health Director. They both worked hard so I was thrilled when they were able to retire. They were my biggest supporters when I decided to go into television news, though many people doubted I'd be able to do it, they believed in me. They always back me up, but I guess that's what parents are for. My older brother and I had a typical brother/sister relationship growing up. Pulling hair, biting legs, wrestling... you know. But now, we're inseparable. We have a great relationship and it helps that I can tell him anything.

E-mail: tmccain@wfmy.com
Twitter: @traceymccain
Facebook: facebook.com/TraceyMcCainNews2

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