Tracy Clemons is living the dream. Literally. He joined the FOX8 Morning News team as an anchor in June 2018. He’s a passionate storyteller with a knack for fighting for the “little guy.”

Tracy’s journalism career has taken him across the country. He began as a reporter in Charlottesville, Virginia, where he covered the disappearance of Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington and the murder of University of Virginia lacrosse player Yeardley Love. He then worked as a reporter and anchor in Shreveport, Louisiana, and as a multi-media journalist in St. Louis. Tracy’s last stop prior to the Piedmont Triad was at KTRK, the ABC affiliate in Houston, where he was a reporter and fill-in anchor. He covered some of the biggest stories in the Houston region. He also traveled to cover some of the biggest stories in the country including the Ebola outbreak in Dallas, Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and the Charleston church massacre. While he’s covered his share of breaking news, Tracy is most proud of his record of being a voice for people whose stories have been historically underrepresented on local news and telling community-oriented stories that make viewers smarter and more engaged.

Prior to FOX8, Tracy stepped away from news to serve as the press secretary for the Houston Independent School District. In that role, he was the spokesperson for the largest school district in Texas (the seventh largest in the nation).

Tracy is originally from Chesapeake, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia (Go Hoos!) where he double-majored in Government and African-American Studies. At UVa, Tracy was a founding member of the Cavalier Marching Band, the director of Black Voices Gospel Choir and he served as the mascot (Cavman) for two basketball seasons. He also earned a master’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Maryland.

Tracy and his wife live in Greensboro with their two sons. He enjoys all things UVa, college sports, tennis and finding new locally-owned restaurants. He’s a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Recent Articles
  • Greensboro woman competing on BET’s ‘Sunday Best’ show

    There’s no shortage of talent in the Triad. Some of that talent is on full display on a national singing competition right now. Lakeesha Rice, who lives in Greensboro, is competing on BET’s hit show “Sunday Best.” Thousands of singers auditioned. “The journey has been nothing short of amazing,” Lakeesha says. After a video audition, in-person audition and interview in Atlanta with producers, followed by weeks of waiting, Lakeesha was called back to be part of the top 20. “I’m […]

  • Tracy Clemons puts his old summer job skills to the test at Fancy Pastry Shop in Lexington

    For the entire week, the FOX8 morning team is taking a trip down memory lane. Tracy Clemons rolled cinnamon rolls at the mall for his summer job and senior year. So, to see if his baking skills were still on point, he spent a morning at Fancy Pastry Shop in Lexington. Bakery Owner David Rothrock says equipment and the recipes haven’t changed since his father-in-law opened it 50 years ago. Everything is made from scratch, even their pie crusts and […]

  • Ramseur man turns vision to action with new gym, the Fit District

    RAMSEUR, N.C. — There’s a new effort to breathe life into the downtown of one Triad city. “I grew up here, and, back in the early 60s, downtown was very vibrant,” said Ramseur Mayor Danny Shaw.  “You couldn’t hardly find a parking space in town.” Memories of a bustling Main Street are still vibrant in Shaw’s memory. But he says, as more businesses opened on Highway 64 in Randolph County, downtown just couldn’t compete. “I think a lot of them […]

  • ‘Stop Shooting, Start Hooping’ aims to put an end to violence in the Triad

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — Shauna Clemons owns Anointed Cutz Barber Shop in High Point. She says every time she hears about violence in the city, her mind starts racing. “I’m always wondering, ‘Is it my customer? Is it someone I know?’” Clemons explained. “Within the past few months, I’ve lost three fathers of some of my clients: young African American men who have been murdered. And no one knows who did it.” She says the “Stop the Violence” rallies and […]

  • Keto: The Triad’s trendiest diet shows results but comes with risks

    Six months into the year, FOX8 wanted to know how people were doing with the new year’s resolution to lose weight. A lot of people tackle that resolution with fad diets. We asked viewers what diets they were trying, and the overwhelming response was the keto diet. “I started keto in January and lost 46 pounds,” said Stevie Penley of Burlington. “I love it. It’s been life-changing for me, honestly.” “I lost about 20 pounds to start out with. The […]

  • Local men raise awareness for mental health issues that men are more unlikely to seek help for

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a time set aside to raise awareness on the things men can do to get healthy and stay healthy. That includes mental health. Research shows men are less likely to seek mental healthcare than women. But they are more likely to have mental health disorders like depression. Men are also three times more likely to commit suicide. So, for some guys, making mental health a priority could mean life or […]

  • Local men share their stories of how mental health care changed their lives

    June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a time set aside to raise awareness on the things men can do to get healthy and stay healthy. That includes mental health. Research shows men are less likely to seek mental health care than women — but they are more likely to have mental health disorders like depression. Men are also three times more likely to commit suicide. So, for some guys, making mental health a priority could mean life or death. […]

  • How men’s health has changed, and how you can keep up with yours

    June is National Men’s Health Month. It’s a time to focus on helping men get healthy and stay healthy. As much as factors affecting men’s health have changed in the last 10 years or so, the basics are the same. We’re looking at some of the easy things men can do while they’re still young to set themselves up for longer lives. “That’s the time we can start to choose the health behaviors that really make those later decades more […]

  • Local faith-based production tackling tough topics

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wilton Mitchell Jr. started writing “Follow Me: the Gospel of Jesus Christ” while he was in high school. With the help of Royal Curtain Drama Guild and a cast full of local actors and singers, the play is now coming to life. “It’s written like a Broadway-style musical except it’s all gospel music,” Mitchell says. “It deals with a lot of issues. Of course alcoholism, drug abuse, single parenthood, suicide, all of these issues that sometimes get […]

  • Local pastors talk about drawing millennials to church

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — In an ever-changing world where technology is king, institutions that have been central to communities are seeing a decline. Churches, especially, are in a time of transition. One study found that only two out of 10 millennials believe going to church is important. Pastors we spoke with say that means they have to change the way they do church if church is going to be around for future generations. “Even when I started pastoring here, I had […]

  • Millennials in the Triad say why their generation isn’t going to church

    For many North Carolinians, Sunday mornings and church go hand in hand. But times are changing. Church attendance has steadily declined over the last decade. One group in particular is leaving at what some believe is an alarming rate: Millennials. Church leaders around the country and right here in the Triad are working to stop the bleeding. “Right now I’m religious and spiritual,” said Jamel Womack, a Millennial. “I won’t say I’m in limbo but just praying about some things […]

  • Barber offering alternative to hair loss with custom hair pieces

    There’s a new trend in men’s hair care, and it started with a viral Instagram post. We’re talking custom-made hair pieces for men. Wade Menendez says making the custom hair pieces started as something fun on the side. But it blew up so much that people from around the country are trying to get into his chair. Now he’s teaching stylists how to do what he does, including a few right here in the Piedmont. “My hair unit is a […]

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