At the age of five, I knew I wanted to be a Pediatrician and care for orphans. Whilst my career took off in a delightfully different direction in TV News, I am finally fulfilling the dream of bringing parentless children into my home and helping others overseas.
The arrival of my twins from Ethiopia signals a time of healing for me after the loss of my first adoptive daughter, Veronica. I met her in South Africa, while shooting a documentary about HIV/AIDS. My hope is that through her story, along with my commitment to traveling abroad and working with other orphans, maybe one day other children wont have to suffer such a sad and lonely fate.
I am happy to report that my twins have tested HIV negative. (twice)
Please read Veronica's story, learn about our work and contribute. Even a little goes a long way.
My Heartfelt Thanks!
Tracey Neale, Founder
Tracey At Inaugural Ball.
Emebet's First Mother's Day in the US.
Eyasu's, First Experience with a Kite!
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Nine time Emmy winner Tracey Neale has spent the past twenty five plus years in television news in the US and until a few months ago, overseas.
For four years (2004-2008) Tracey was the weekday anchor of 9NEWS NOW in Washington DC at 5pm, 6pm & 11pm. She was also the [5PM] and 10PM anchor of Fox News in DC for almost a decade. She was awarded the Emmy for "Outstanding News Anchor" in Washington three years running from 2001-2003. In 2005, Tracey also garnered two Emmys for excellence in reporting, as well as a 2005 Associated Press award. She was also awarded 2004-2005 Best of Gannett - News/Weather/Sports Anchor Reporting Award and Best of Gannett News Specials Award 2004-2005 for "Inspiring Hope." She was awarded a 2004 Emmy for Best News Series/Segment for her story, " The Pentagon's Youngest Victim." She was also a 2003 Associated Press Award recipient, and won a 2003 Emmy for Investigative Reporting on the DC area's Serial Sniper.
Tracey won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award in 2000 for a documentary on AIDS in Africa. The program also earned her an Emmy Award, two first place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Associated Press Award for Outstanding Journalism. Additionally, she received the World Health Organizations Pan-American Award for Excellence in International Reporting, and was recognized by the Clinton Administration. Tracey and her producer used that award money to create the Africa Action Fund that collected thousands of dollars to benefit Pediatric AIDS clinics and orphanages.
In 1998 she won an Emmy and an AP award for excellence in sports reporting and the NABJ First Place "Features" Award for her profile on Gordon Parks.
The Institute for Caribbean Studies also honored Tracey with the Award for Excellence in Journalism and she had a cameo in Sydney Pollack's - "Random Hearts", starring Harrison Ford and Kristen Scott Thomas.
Tracey took a leave of absence from mid-August '07 through September to journey to Ethiopia to adopt twin one year-olds.
Prior to joining W*USA 9 in August of 2004, Tracey was co-anchor of DC station WTTG's Fox 5 News at 5pm and 10pm. Before that she was an anchor/reporter for WSOC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Before that Tracey was an anchor at WEVU (ABC) in Fort Myers, Florida.
Tracey has spent many years working with physically and mentally disabled adults and children. She continues to be involved in several civic organizations, but her primary focus has become launching her new Orphans Foundation called Veronica's Story. It is a 501 (c)(3) organization, named after a little girl she met and came to love in South Africa. Traceys leisure activities (before the twins) were varied and included cycling, kayaking, martial arts, photography and the restoration of historic properties in D.C.
She is a graduate of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Tracey is now the single mother of adopted twins Emebet and Eyasu Neale and left the evening anchor desk in January 2008. She moved home to Bermuda, where she continued her TV career on a semi-retired basis, at BBC/Bermuda Broadcasting where she worked as Creative Director and TV host, until the Fall of 2015 when she returned to the US.
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