A rural Midwestern transplant to New York City, Tracie McMillan is the author of The White Bonus: Five Families and the Cash Value of Racism in America and the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating, which won the Books for a Better Life Award and the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism. A onetime target of Rush Limbaugh, McMillan also oversees national coverage of worker organizing for Capital & Main.
Tracie has received fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation, MacDowell, and the Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her essays and journalism have been published in the New York Times, Mother Jones, Harper’s, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, and elsewhere. She is a two-time finalist for a Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, a Livingston Award Finalist, and the winner of the Harry Chapin Media Award, the James Aronson Prize for Social Justice Journalism, and a James Beard Foundation Journalism Award. She has spoken widely about her work and the topics it covers for audiences ranging from the Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting to the Chautauqua Institution, Seattle Town Hall to Texas A&M University.
Previously, Tracie served as a Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism; the managing editor at City Limits magazine in New York City; and as a member of the James Beard Foundation Media Awards Journalism Committee, where she pushed for broader racial, economic, and geographic diversity in judging panels. Her career began with an internship under the legendary investigative reporter at the Village Voice, Wayne Barrett.
Tracie was a scholarship kid at New York University, where she received her B.A. in Political Science. Born and raised in the exurbs between Flint and Detroit, she currently splits her time between Brooklyn, NY and Detroit, MI.