I have known Tracey Eaton for about a dozen years and have worked closely with him for much of that time. He is smart, hardworking and personable, and I would not hesitate to recommend him for a job.
When this newspaper decided to open a bureau in Havana, Cuba, we turned to Tracey because he is resourceful, dependable and adaptable. He had already led our largest and most important foreign bureau, in Mexico, and we felt he was the right person to take on a new assignment in an extremely challenging environment. We were not disappointed. Tracey’s reporting was even-handed and painstakingly fiar, sometimes earning him criticism from partisans of this or that position on Cuba, but our readers were well served.
When the newspaper looked for someone to send into Afghanistan to cover the U.S. response after the attacks of Sept. 11, we again turned to Tracey. It was a dangerous and difficult assignment, and Tracey and the photographer who accompanied him were on their own to figure out how to report the news without getting killed. They did an admirable job, providing stirring stories and images from places where few reporters had ventured.
Tracey has handled other difficult assignments as well, in places like Colombia, Haiti and Guatemala.
In my view, Tracey is able to work effectively in such a range of challenging environments because he is even-tempered and treats everyone, from the president to the doorman, with courtesy and respect. When I visited Tracey in Cuba a couple of years ago, I was struck by the sheer number of people he seemed to know – workers in government offices, taxi drivers, food vendors – and who greeted him warmly.