Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Tracey Spicer

Respected newsreader, journalist and mum Tracey Spicer is probably the most versatile media personality in the country.  The 43-year-old works as a 2ue broadcaster, News Ltd columnist, Sky News anchor, and travel writer for Holidays with Kids magazine.

She is also a highly sought-after keynote speaker, MC, and media trainer, running her successful company Spicer Communications.

But Tracey’s favourite job is bringing up two beautiful children, six-year-old Taj and five-year-old Grace.

She writes of the pleasures and perils of parenting in her popular column in the Daily Telegraph’s Best Weekend magazine.

Renowned for the courage of her convictions, integrity, sharp mind and calm manner, Tracey presented Network Ten’s national weekend news and mid-week 11am news for eleven years.

But Tracey has always been, first and foremost, a journalist.

Among the highlights of her career, Tracey counts two documentaries on the work of World Vision in Bangladesh and Kenya.

Then, in 2001, she travelled to Papua New Guinea to research, write, produce and present a documentary for WWF on the dearth of fresh water sources in villages devastated by deforestation.

It's a dream career for the Brisbane schoolgirl with a passion for news and current affairs.

Graduating dux of her sub-senior year at high school, Tracey completed a Bachelor of Business - Communications degree at QUT, winning a radio scholarship.

She cut her teeth at Macquarie National News at radio station 4BH, before being promoted to the job of Chief Police Reporter then Breakfast News Editor at Melbourne news/talk station 3AW.

A stint in country Victoria followed, as court and industrial reporter for Southern Cross Television.

Tracey was then poached by Channel 9 Melbourne, reporting on current affairs show Melbourne Extra and National Nine News.

An offer to do backup news reading and reporting at Channel 10 Melbourne followed, before the “big break”: co-presenting the First At Five News in Brisbane.

In 1995, Tracey was again promoted, moving to Sydney to anchor the national weekend news, while reporting three days a week.

Four years later, Ten’s Morning News added another string to her bow.

When Tracey finished at Network Ten in 2006, it sparked a nationwide debate about the rights of women returning to the workforce from maternity leave.

In recent years, Tracey has hosted the breakfast, morning and afternoon shifts on Radio 2ue and VEGA FM.

In her many opinion columns for the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, Tracey is a passionate advocate for issues as diverse as voluntary euthanasia, childhood vaccinations, breastfeeding, better regulation of foreign investment in Australia’s farmland, and curtailed opening hours for pubs and clubs. 

She is in high demand as an after dinner speaker and MC, hosting hundreds of corporate functions including the Ethnic Business Awards, Ronald McDonald Ball, World Vision’s International Women’s Day dinner, and WWF’s Earth Hour.

Tracey is a tireless charity worker.

She is an Ambassador for World Vision, ActionAid, WWF, the Royal Hospital for Women’s Newborn Care Centre and the Penguin Foundation, Patron of Cancer Council NSW and The National Premmie Foundation,  and the face of the Garvan Institute's research into pancreatic cancer, which killed her beloved mother Marcia 11 years ago.

Visit Tracey's website - www.spicercommunications.biz