David J. Tracy, 69, of Denton, a lecturer in the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism since 2013, died April 12 in Dallas. He worked primarily with UNT students in multimedia production and news writing and created NTDailyradio.com in 2015, an online radio station. He also directed the school’s annual Multimedia High School Journalism Summer Workshop from its first year in 2013 to 2016.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Dave got his start in radio, and then became a writer and producer at a CBS affiliate in San Diego. He moved on to general assignment television reporting at the CBS affiliate in Peoria, Illinois, and later in Dallas. After shifting his career to corporate communications, he worked for American Airlines, Westcott Communications and VHA0 Inc. He also founded his own video production company, operating out of Dallas. He received five Dallas Press Club Katie Awards for Excellence in Journalism and a National Cable Ace Award.
He earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from San Diego State University and a master's in communication and a secondary education journalism teaching certificate from the University of Texas at Tyler. A memorial service will be held in June. The Mayborn School of Journalism has established a scholarship fund in his name. Contributions can be made online.