After 25+ years as a reporter, Tracey Porpora is News Manager/Editor of the Public Interest & Advocacy team at the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com. She leads a team of political and investigative reporters who write about and uncover issues impacting the Staten Island community and NYC as a whole. Since 2012 she has penned a weekly column, “New Businesses in Focus,” featuring the backstory about how new business owners upstarted their operations.
Prior to this position, Tracey was the Business & Real Estate Reporter and Sunday Editor/Manager at the Staten Island Advance.
Most recently, she has been on the forefront of covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis and its impact on New Yorkers — small business owners in particular. During this time, her new business column, “New Businesses in Focus,” switched gears to focus on how individual business owners reinvented their services and offerings during the pandemic. The temporary column was dubbed “Staten Island Business Strong.”
In addition, her 2020/2021 series,“ Life Upended,” has profiled more than 30 people who were thrust into unimaginable situations when the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shuttered the globe in March 2020.
Tracey launched her journalism career in the 1990s at the Staten Island Advance, where she worked as a news reporter, weekly columnist, and later as the head of the newspaper’s former South Shore Bureau.
In 1999 she left the Advance and led a 13-year long successful freelance writing career, which included writing regularly for The Star Ledger. She was also a contributing editor for Complete Woman, Bridal Guide, T.H.I.C. The Hair Industry Connection and local editor of Industry Magazine. In addition, Tracey was a regular guest author for the working mother site of About.com, and also worked as an editor for the website’s heath channel.
Other publications for which Tracey has written articles include: Ladies’ Home Journal Online, All Woman, Time Out NY Kids, The Christian Science Monitor, Grit, Savvy Miss, Yoga For Everybody, Big Apple Parent, Queens Parent, MetroKids, Chiropractor Monthly, Long Island Woman, MAMM, Mainline, Urban Metro, NurseTV.com, Mature Living, Options, Club Fitness, Lifestyles, Empire New York Business, Family Tree, POZ, The Italian-Tribune, VARBusiness, New Jersey TechNews, Airbrush Action, Trump Style, Elan, Black Diaspora, Moxie, The Wall Street Journal’s Managing Your Career, Media Week and The New York Resident newspaper.
- Awarded “Journalist of the Year” in 2013 by The Newswomen’s Club of NY for coverage of Hurricane Sandy.
- Honored by the New York News Publishers Association in 2019 for coverage of the failed New York Wheel project.
- After many years of being “in the trenches” as a beat reporter, Tracey has assumed the role of News Manger, where she leads a team of investigative and political beat reporters overseeing all aspects of news coverage.
- Led a 12-year long successful freelance career writing and editing human interest, real estate, business, and “how to” stories for national consumer parenting and women’s magazines, business trade magazines and major metropolitan newspapers.
- Authored The Complete Guide to Baby Sign Language: 101 Tips and Tricks Every Parent Needs to Know (Atlantic Publishing, Dec. 2010)
- Serves as an Assistant Professor of Journalism at St. John’s University helping dozens of students obtain internships and full-time positions at high profile media companies.