Tracy Townsend is a journalist who is a News Anchor on “Wake Up CBUS,” the morning newscast at WBNS-TV. She also reports as Medical Correspondent and hosts “Face the State,” a political affairs show on WBNS-TV.
Tracy grew up in Cincinnati and is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Her studies extended to Georgetown University, with a focus on economics and political journalism. Before joining WBNS-TV, Tracy worked at WBBM-TV in Chicago, KCTV in Kansas City and WKRC-TV in Cincinnati. Tracy won First Place in the category of “Best Medical/Health Reporting” in Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest (2016), sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters statewide.
She also led 10TV’s coverage of Campaign 2012: Race for the White House. She scored interviews with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The team also won a Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. Tracy is a multiple Emmy award-winner. In 2013, she earned the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors award for “Best Anchor.” Townsend won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award for “Breaking News Coverage” of the November 2016 terrorist attack and stabbing at The Ohio State University’s Watts Hall in Columbus, Ohio.
Tracy is involved in the Central Ohio community. She’s an active graduate member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and a member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). She’s served in leadership in the Columbus (OH) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, an international women's service organization. Townsend was recently appointed to the Board of Governors for the Ohio Valley Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Connection to the community is important to Tracy as she works to cover news that brings viewers value. Her efforts have garnered recognition from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. Central Ohio Chapter (NC100BWCOC), as a “NC100BWCOC Trailblazer.” Additionally, Tracy won the “Rosie the Riveter” from WELD (Women for Economic Leadership and Development). The Riveter is only awarded to a woman who is not just in a position of power and influence, not just a leader in her field, but a woman who has hit both of these benchmarks and invests the capital of that position back into uplifting women.
Women’s health is an area of advocacy for Tracy. She has served the Board of Directors for Komen Columbus and is a breast cancer survivor. Tracy is married to Murvin S. Enders, III, and says her most important ‘career highlight’ is being Mom to Ian Samuel Enders.