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Journalist with extensive experience covering politics and national security; winner of the prestigious duPont-Columbia, Edward R. Murrow, and Emmy awards.

WNBC-TV — Reporter
Multimedia journalist covering public safety and the courts.

+ Winner of the prestigious Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

+ Broke news of subway shooting in Brooklyn, traveled to Buffalo to cover the shooting at Tops supermarket

FDNY—Deputy chief of communications/deputy press secretary
Lead daily communications strategy for the largest fire department in the United States.

+ Public Information: Provided timely updates to press on 1.2 million emergencies citywide, including a deadly helicopter crash, the death of Jeffrey Epstein, steampipe explosion, building collapses, and deadly fires.
+ Executive communications: Managed all commissioner and chief level communications to staff including speeches, e-mails, department memorandums, and presentations.

Chief Investigative Reporter—NY1

Lead investigative reporter focused on law enforcement and government oversight for Spectrum News’ 33 stations across the country.
Shoot, write and edit stories.

+ Broke news of package bombs, exploding body cameras, and Subway terror attack. Reporting on cars with deadly defects led to a City Council bill that would prevent them being sold.
+ Documentary on the opioid crisis won a 2019 Emmy Award.

Tribune Broadcasting (WPIX-TV) — Public Safety correspondent

+ Lead reporter covering public safety (policing, fire, transportation policy, and courts) for Tribune’s flagship station; winner of two Emmys for journalistic excellence.

+ Built their digital streaming service and custom video creation unit which generated over $2M a year syndicating videos to AOL, Daily Mail, Yahoo, and CNN.

CBS Radio (WCBS 880)—Reporter

Freelance reporter for covering politics and government for CBS’ flagship station.

Park Creative Capital, LLC — Principal

Contract reporter for Reuters America covering Mid-Atlantic states.

The Daily — White House correspondent


Chief correspondent in Washington leading coverage of the Obama administration, domestic affairs, and tax policy.


Traci Wilkes-Smith


Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dalet, ENPS, AVID, FCPX
Google Analytics, Webtrends
Google Adwords, Facebook Ads, Amazon PPC
MuckRock, Cision, BusinessWire
HTML, CSS, Javascript, PHP, WordPress, MoveableType

Notable Awards

2020 duPont Columbia Award
2020 Edward R. Murrow Award
2019 Emmy Award Nomination
Investigative reporter
2019 Emmy Award
2019 Emmy Award Nomination
Deadly Helicopter Crash
2018 Emmy Award
Reporter, Morning News
2018 Edward R. Murrow Award
Reporter, Best Newscast