Tracy Courage is the director of communications for the Cooperative Extension Service.
Before joining the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in 2019, she directed communications at two other University of Arkansas System campuses, including 11 years at UA-Pulaski Technical College and two years as the news director in UA Little Rock’s Office of Communications and Marketing.
Tracy grew up in rural West Tennessee, where she was active in 4-H for many years. She has a BA in English with a minor in International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis and an MA in Mass Communication from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
She worked 15 years as a journalist for daily newspapers in Tennessee, Indiana, and Arkansas, including eight years at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette as a higher education reporter and then as the newspaper’s night city editor.
She earned her Accredited in Public Relations certification through the Public Relations Society of America and currently serves on the PRSA-Arkansas executive board. She is a past president of the Society of Professional Journalists-Arkansas Chapter.