Faculty/Staff Bios - Tracy Burton

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Tracy Burton has more than a decade of professional writing experience. She enjoys working with students and helping them develop their passion for journalism and public relations.

Burton is experienced in journalism, non-profit and higher education public relations, videography, media relations, photography and graphic design. For several years, she covered the police beat and general assignment news and features for the Lansing State Journal, and spent five years working in the public relations sector for CMU.

Currently, she is a freelance writer for the Midland Daily News and has completed a considerable amount of reporting on soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She traveled to the Washington, D.C., area and interviewed soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which resulted in a cover story for the national military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

Most of all, Burton enjoys creating opportunities for her students. In fall 2013, she partnered with the Midland Daily News and developed an independent reporting project where students reported on Michigan’s organic farming industry. Their work was published at the end of the semester in a two-day special report in the Daily News.

Burton serves on the Education Committee for the Society of Professional Journalists. She also remains active with the Public Relations Society of America. Burton graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a master’s degree in English: Composition and Communication. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. Through this program, she studied a variety of effective teaching methods and practices.