Tracie Powell

Tracie is the founder of, which is focused on the media and its impact on diverse communities. She is also a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Fund and a 2016 JSK (Knight) Fellow at Stanford University where she researched how techniques used in online advertising to reach specific customers could be used by newsrooms to reach specific news consumers and to grow audience. She's written regularly for the Columbia Journalism Review and her work has been highlighted by Harvard's Neiman Lab. Tracie's early career involved reporting and editing jobs at The Augusta Chronicle, The Austin American-Statesman and not to mention ad sales and circulation management as a Knight-Ridder Newspapers management trainee. Tracie launched Eclipse, a regional magazine and companion online publication in Dallas, Texas in 2004. Two years later she earned a journalism and public policy fellowship at The Ohio State University and then a fellowship on Capitol Hill, on the House Judiciary Committee. She earned a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice. Having developed some expertise in media policy and regulatory issues that she thought journalists should be aware of, Tracie began writing for the Poynter Institute, CJR, and later launched All Digitocracy. Her work and byline also regularly appeared in other publications including The Washington Post, Newsweek and People magazines.