Traci has worked in national newsrooms and freelanced since 2011, covering breaking news, writing profile pieces, and reporting features. She’s covered everything from oil spills to state politics and has conducted a range of interviews, from celebrities to politicians. Her main beats these days are pop culture, entertainment, and identity, and she is currently developing her voice in fiction and screenwriting. She has also published personal essays that have led to additional writing and speaking opportunities.
Here is a sampling of her work:
Enterprise and Features
Original reporting and longform writing
How I Coped With Losing All My Hair (The Cut)
“I may not have won the battle against my immune system, but for the first time since I began losing my hair, I know I’m winning a more important fight.”
“In that moment, I heard the depths of how terrified she was, despite how upbeat she had been at the start. I realized that maybe not telling our family about the cancer wasn’t just her way of trying not to ‘burden’ them. Maybe it was a way for her to protect herself. If she didn’t have to tell our family, then maybe it wouldn’t be ‘real.’”
“The excuses I’ve heard given on my behalf range from, “She’s focusing on her career,” to “Her boyfriend is out of town.” It all comes from a well-meaning place, I think, but it’s still painful. At 30, just as I started to feel like a new chapter was beginning in my life, the shame others associate with my unmarried status felt like the only thing my family could see. With every Chinese New Year lunch and holiday gathering that passed, I felt the concern around me grow that my life had yet to truly begin because the chair next to me wasn’t occupied by my future husband.”
There’s No ‘Right’ Way to Pursue the American Dream (Angry Asian Man)
“Deep down, I knew she believed that being undocumented didn't mean hard work wasn't also part of the package, but somehow the rhetoric shouted from television screens and debate stages made her think twice about what the word really meant.”
Lady Bird helped me fall in love with my hometown again (personal blog)
“There's something magical about the way the sun meets the water at the end of a Sacramento summer day. It looks idyllic, yet it wasn't like it signaled anything special. It's just how the rivers look as the sun sets, and that's the thing about Sacramento: at the end of the day, it's quite a plain place to have grown up.”
Event coverage, breaking news, exclusives, analysis
NBC News was the first outlet to break this story in 2017 that was later picked up and reported on by outlets including the AP, The Hill, Politico, and The Huffington Post.
An interview with the man vying to become California’s first Asian American governor, and a look at why his fight is an uphill battle.
The day after she was ousted as House minority leader, Beth Fukumoto told NBC News she was no longer in the position to defend her party.
Reporting from Las Vegas at a presidential election forum, featuring former President Bill Clinton, hosted by APIAVote and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) in 2016.
Reporting from the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies' 22nd annual awards dinner in Washington, D.C., featuring President Barack Obama, in 2016.