Tracy Townsend co-anchors the 5:30 p.m. edition of 10TV News. She also anchors 10TV's noon newscasts.
Tracy is 10TV’s Medical Correspondent covering health issues affecting families including breakthroughs and helpful tips for families. She is a 2016-2017 Fellow designate of the Center for Excellence in Health Care Journalism and member of the Association of Health Care Journalists.
In addition, Tracy works with 10TV Productions on “Toward A Cancer Free World” which is a weekly segment featuring the world-renowned experts at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
The segments are somewhat personal to Tracy as she is a breast cancer survivor. Her journey began in the fall of 2010 at the same time she was starting to lead 10TV’s political coverage.
A firm believer that once you’re told of your diagnosis, you become a survivor, Tracy began aggressively researching and advocating for her health and healing. She is a staunch advocate for mammography as her own cancer was discovered early allowing for aggressive treatment and recovery. She believes and follows the guidelines that women should get mammograms every year starting at age 40, for as long as a woman is in good health.
Tracy is an outspoken advocate for women’s health using several platforms to encourage women to make fitness a lifestyle, get yearly screenings and to engage in self-care. She puts this passion into action supporting Komen Columbus and its Race for the Cure.
Additionally, Tracy hits the roads on her bicycle in Pelotonia, the grassroots bike tour aimed at raising money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. She did her first ride after her surgery in 2011 putting in 25 miles. To date, she has participated in the effort, met fundraising goals, and completed the 100-mile Pelotonia route.
Tracy led 10TV’s coverage of Campaign 2012: Race for the White House. She has scored interviews with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Tracy and her team won several awards for their work including the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in 2013 for their voter-education efforts preceding the 2012 primary and general elections.
Tracy grew up in Cincinnati and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Before joining WBNS-TV, Tracy worked at WBBM-TV in Chicago, KCTV in Kansas City and WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. She’s an Emmy-Award winning news anchor, a 2016-2017 Fellow of the Association of Health Care Journalists, a 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards winner.
Tracy is an active graduate member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). She is also active in The Links, Incorporated, an international, not-for-profit corporation that is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer women’s service organizations.