Tracey Eaton is an assistant professor at Flagler College. He teaches writing, communication and photography classes.
Eaton was the Dallas Morning News bureau chief in Cuba from 2000 to early 2005. Before that, he headed the paper’s Mexico City bureau.
He travels to Havana regularly. In 2008, he created a Cuba blog called Along the Malecón, and in 2010 he founded an investigative journalism website called the Cuba Money Project.
In 2010 and again in 2011, Eaton received a Pulitzer Center grant to support his reporting in Cuba.
In January 2013, he began working with the Center for Democracy in the Americas in Washington, D.C., as part of a six-month collaborative project. See more about that here.
In August 2012, Eaton published a 181-page book called “Cuban Thunder: Harley-Davidson in Cuba.” The multimedia book was designed for iPad and contains more than 1,150 photos.
In May 2012, Eaton traveled to Syracuse University for a four-day National Press Photographers Association multimedia workshop. His wife, Maira, kindly agreed to be interviewed for one of Eaton’s first videos, “Stitching a Dream,” at left.
Eaton began posting videos to Vimeo in April 2011. They had recorded 2.6 million “loads” and 48,000 “plays” as of January 2013.
In September 2012, Eaton released an hour-long documentary called, “Las Damas de Blanco and their fight for the streets of Cuba.” Mauricio Claver-Carone, creator of a blog called Capitol Hill Cubans, wrote:
As the Castro regime targets The Ladies in White (Las Damas de Blanco) in a violent crackdown, a timely new documentary sheds further light on the courageous pro-democracy movement. Along the Malecon’s Tracey Eaton has released a new documentary entitled, “Las Damas and Their Fight for the Streets of Cuba.” The footage is quite extraordinary.
In October 2012, América TeVe, a Spanish-language cable channel in Miami, featured Eaton’s exclusive interview with a fugitive Cuban spy for straight four days.
Eaton, a former Fulbright scholar, has been a journalist and photographer since 1983.
He has been a staff writer at seven daily newspapers, including the Miami Herald. He was metropolitan editor at the Houston Chronicle before moving to Florida.
Eaton is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors and the National Press Photographers Association.
Since 2010, he has written freelance articles for the Florida Center for Investigative Journalism, USA Today, Junior Scholastic, CubaNews, Madrid-based Cubaencuentro and other publications.
Eaton has worked throughout Latin America. One of his favorite countries is Ecuador. As a Fulbright scholar, he went there in 1981 to study the myths and legends of primitive Indians.
In 2010, he returned to Ecuador’s eastern jungle, where oil exploitation, illegal logging and colonists threaten the Huaorani Indians and other natives.
Eaton has conducted journalism workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba.
He is a regular guest on the University of West Indies’ NewsTALK 93FM radio in Jamaica.
He is fluent in written and spoken Spanish. His story about the late dissident leader Oswaldo Payá was published in Spanish in the September 2012 issue of Voces, an independent pro-democracy magazine based in Cuba (download PDF, see page 50).
To contact Eaton for speaking engagements or story assignments, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. See samples of his writing here and and his portfolio here.