Tracy can be seen co-anchoring the top rated 5 and 10 p.m. newscasts alongside Bill Martin.
Tracy McCool joined Fox 8 News as a general assignment reporter in May of 2000. She was instrumental in establishing Fox 8’s Akron/Summit County Bureau at Summit Mall. She also became a familiar face to early-risers with her work as a morning show news reporter and fill-in anchor.
Prior to joining Fox 8, Tracy served as a reporter/anchor for WSYX-TV and WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio, for two years. She landed in the state capital after a stint at WICU-TV in Erie, Pa. Before she moved in front of the camera, Tracy began her broadcasting career behind the scenes, first as a news intern, and later as a morning show producer at Fox 8 News.
A northeast Ohio native, Tracy is a graduate of Copley High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from Kent State University.
Born on April 6, Tracy lives in the Akron area with her husband John, two children Cassidy and Carter and their dogs, Samson and Nikko.
Tracy enjoys golf, skiing and spending time with her family and friends.
As many of you know, Tracy’s husband, John, is battling a serious health problem. He’s been fighting colon cancer since his diagnosis last fall. Tracy says they have their good days and their bad days. But, through it all, the good wishes from family, friends and people like you have sustained them. She can’t tell you enough how much it’s lifted their spirits. **Watch the video, above, for an update on John’s courageous battle**
Two strangers connected over letters during a young man’s battle in Vietnam. The distance didn’t prevent cupid’s arrow from striking. In tonight’s love story, we share how a local couple, now married 45-years knew at first sight they were meant to be. FOX 8’s Tracy McCool has the story in the video above. **Watch other love stories here**
At 95 years young, a local WWII veteran is not only a military hero, but a college football player, Mr. YMCA, and a professional bowling instructor. FOX 8’s Tracy McCool had the pleasure of meeting John Simanella during the honor flight back in September and heard all about his impressive journey. **Watch the video, above, for more** ***Watch all of the Cleveland Honor Flight stories, here***
CLEVELAND — A group of World War II veterans were recently selected to take part in Cleveland’s Honor Flight, traveling to the war monuments in our nation’s captiol with 20 other veterans. The veterans received the royal treatment on board the honor flight, an all-expense paid journey for our heroes to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their service. The National World War II Memorial pays tribute to the men and women who served in the armed forces. It […]
Imagine having not one, but two children fighting cancer at the same time. That’s exactly what is happening to a local family. They are sharing their story of loss and survival. Their message: to raise awareness about childhood cancer and why it’s so important to join us on their mission. **Watch the video, above, for more** We hope you join us Saturday, September 8 at the Rock Hall Plaza for the 2018 FOX 8 FOX Trot. All proceeds go to Alex’s […]
CLEVELAND — She packed a lot of living into 8 short years and left behind an incredible legacy of hope. Today, one little girl’s crusade has become a great force and leader in funding for pediatric cancer research. It all started with a homemade cup of ice-cold, extra sweet lemonade. **Watch Tracy McCool’s report, above, for more, and learn more about the 2018 FOX 8 FOX Trot, below** The 6th annual FOX 8 FOX Trot, presented by your Northern Ohio […]
CLEVELAND– Known to most as Michelle Knight, her story captivated Cleveland and the world. Now, five years later, Lily Rose Lee’s life is full of success, adventure and love. “The most happiness in my life is my sweetheart, being married and being able to find love is the most precious thing in my life because I was always told that I wouldn’t find love,” Lee said. Lee got married in May 2015. During her time in captivity, she would dream about […]
CLEVELAND- Every day, we air her ‘Missing‘ segments. She’s the face of hope to families with loved ones lost. One year ago, Amanda Berry joined the FOX 8 family in hopes of bringing the missing back where they belong: home. Tracy McCool sat down with Amanda to talk about what each and every segment means to her, and to surprise her with a special gift to mark the milestone. **Watch Amanda Berry’s ‘Missing’ segments, here**
We have been showing you hometown heroes aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower all week on FOX 8. Tonight, we meet up with local Airman Lauret Price. He is new to the ship, but hopes his service will help support his country and young family back home. Watch Tracy McCool’s special report, above, on this hometown hero from Garfield Heights. For more on our Heroes at Sea series, click here. Thank you to our military men and women who serve our country.
All this week we are saluting our hometown heroes at sea. Born and raised in Ohio, Thomas Hemm hails from a military family, his uncles were in the service and his brother is in the Army. During a recent interview, Hemm told our Tracy McCool, “when I was young I wanted to go into the army.” Thomas decided to combine his two passions, water and serving his country, and signed up for the United States Navy right after high school. […]
Women make up 18% of the United States Navy. And one of our hometown heroes plays an important role on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower. The mighty war ship has traveled the world’s oceans. The Kent native you are about to meet helps the Ike find its way in the open water. **Watch Tracy McCool’s report above for more; check out photos, below** **Read more on this special series, here**
RICHMOND, Virginia- Life out at sea protecting your freedom. FOX 8’s Tracy McCool set sail to meet some of our hometown heroes, who are representing Northeast Ohio on board the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Beginning May 15 at 6 p.m., join us aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, as Tracy takes us on board to show us the sailors’ living conditions, daily assignments and much more.