Tracey Eaton is an award-winning writer, producer and multimedia journalist. He has worked throughout Latin America and is a former Fulbright scholar in Ecuador.
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.
Clients have included NBC News, USA Today, Newsweek, the South Florida Sun Sentinel, News Deeply and the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting.
Eaton assisted the Sun Sentinel with two investigative projects, Plundering America: The Cuban Criminal Pipeline, published in January 2015, and Easy Money: U.S. Welfare Flows to Cuba, published in October 2015.
Easy Money won first place for politics reporting in the 66th annual Green Eyeshade Awards and second place for investigative reporting in the Florida Society of News Editors contest. Plundering America was a finalist for Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Tom Renner Award, which recognizes outstanding watchdog reporting.
Eaton travels to Cuba regularly and created a blog called Along the Malecón, which has gotten 2 million hits since 2007. In March 2015, the Pulitzer Center awarded him a grant to carry out a project on Cuban youth. See Cuban Youth: A New Dawn?
In August 2015, Eaton assisted NBC’s Nightly News, led by Lester Holt, with its coverage of the opening of U.S. embassy in Havana. In March 2016, he traveled to Cuba again to help with NBC’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the island.
Since 2010, Eaton has researched Cuba’s democracy movement and the U.S. government’s role in the country’s political evolution. In December 2014, he traveled to Havana, with support from the Ford Foundation, to present his research findings at a conference.