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
  • Rockingham County veteran raises awareness about veteran suicides

    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — Every day, multiple veterans in the U.S. commit suicide. One Vietnam veteran from Rockingham County is stepping out, literally, to raise awareness about the suicide epidemic among vets. He hopes his work saves lives. Terry Sharpe spent 13 months in Vietnam with the Marine Corps. He can’t remember much from his time in the warzone, but he does remember the hostility he and his fellow soldiers walked into when they came home. “Just, wow what the […]

  • After battling cancer, Greensboro woman returns to tailgating tradition at NC A&T State’s ‘Greatest Homecoming on Earth’

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Thousands of people pack into Greensboro for North Carolina A&T State University’s homecoming every year. This year’s Greatest Homecoming on Earth has special meaning for one lady and her friends. “I am the Tailgating Aggie Lady because I love tailgating,” said Jameka Slade. “This is a time of year where we have an opportunity to come together, myself and a few of my friends.” Slade was born and raised in Greensboro. She graduated from A&T in 2002, […]

  • Greensboro mentoring program aims to keep kids out of gangs, put them on the right track

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Communities across the Triad are faced with the same dilemma: how to stop the spread of violence. One Greensboro man says the answer to that question has to start with kids. He says there’s no one-size-fits-all answer.  But he runs Voices of the Struggle, a mentoring program focused on reaching kids while they are young. “I used to fight a lot,” said Quamar Shaw. “That’s the only way I could get through my problems, the only way […]

  • Well-known Triad blues guitarist talks about struggle with drug addiction, recovery

    The Triad is home to a blues guitarist who is known around the world. People are addicted to Eric Gales’ music. But for 27 years, he was addicted to drugs. He says it was love that pulled him out, and he considers it a duty to tell his story wherever he goes. “I did it on a dare,” he told FOX8 of the origin of his addiction. “The dude tried to tell me ‘man you ain’t never done this before’ […]

  • FOX8’s Tracy Clemons joins the NC A&T marching band

    College football season is upon us. The teams have been preparing all summer. So have the marching bands that will provide the soundtrack for the season. FOX8 morning anchor Tracy Clemons marched along with North Carolina A&T’s Blue and Gold Marching Machine to see what it takes to get ready for the season opener against Elon.

  • More college students are turning to campus counselors for mental health help

    Parents all across the Piedmont Triad have dropped their students off on their college campus, and, if they haven’t already, most colleges around the state are getting ready to start classes. While they get ready for the grind of the semester, there are people on campus ready to help them take care of their mind. Just about every college in North Carolina has a counseling center to help students address mental health concerns. The need has never been greater, and […]

  • More than 70 kids sign on to gather tennis balls at the Winston-Salem Open

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — It’s a huge week for tennis fans in the Triad. Some of the biggest names in tennis are in town for the Winston-Salem Open. And when the tennis balls start flying, somebody’s got to get them. There are more than 70 ball kids at this year’s open who are happy to do it. FOX8’s resident tennis fanatics, Cindy Farmer and Tracy Clemons, wanted to know what it takes to do their job.

  • Inmates to Entrepreneurs helps people find their second chance after serving time

    Every day, someone is released from prison. Many walk out with the hope that someone will give them a second chance. But more often than not, their record is a deal-breaker.  A program called Inmates to Entrepreneurs is helping people across the state create their own second chance. “I did federal time. I did 10 years,” said Don Brown. Before Don Brown was busted for drugs, he worked as a bouncer. He’s been out of prison for 16 years, but […]

  • Local family proves entrepreneurship knows no age at Savor the Moment Bakery in Greensboro

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Small family businesses are the lifeline of any community. One bakery in Greensboro takes the family business to a whole new level. The family opened Savor the Moment Bakery and Dessert Café two years ago. Three generations of this family operate it. The owner says she’s teaching her kids how to be entrepreneurs early — and she’s not stopping with just her kids. What she teaches them, they’re all sharing with kids in the community. “I make […]

  • 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 […]

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