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Tracy Briggs

Tracy Briggs is a News, Lifestyle and History reporter with Forum Communications with more than 30 years of experience.

Tracy began her career as a full-time broadcast journalist - producing, reporting and anchoring the news at WDAY-TV in 1988. The love of history stories started when Tracy did a yearlong series on North Dakota's Centennial in 1989 and another yearlong series, "Our Century" in 1999 about the biggest 20th century news in our region. The following year, the series "Our People" covered notable people in our communities.

After 17 years in television news, Tracy wanted a schedule more conducive to being a mom of two young children. So she took a job as a morning drive time radio talk show host in 2005. During that time, she headed up the WDAY Honor Flight, a community-led project to take WWII veterans on a free trip to Washington D.C. She's been working in digital content and multimedia news with Inforum and The Forum since 2010.

From 2010 to 2020, she wrote and appeared in two weekly lifestyle segments, "The Great Indoors," and "The Scoop with Tracy Briggs," which focused largely on food and baking. In 2021, she started the column, "Back Then with Tracy Briggs" which helps readers walk down memory lane and celebrate those people making good news in our community. She also is a contributor to Forum Communication's true crime site, "The Vault" where she writes stories and does podcasts about historical true crime.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of North Dakota in 1986 and a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from North Dakota State University in 2001. When she's not in the archives or writing, she loves to bake, do genealogy and unwind with way too much TV. She also loves to spend time with her husband and two daughters (Four daughters, if you count her two crazy dogs, McKenna and Winnipeg). She speaks English, but wishes she had kept up with her high school French. She knows she's way too old, but still enjoys boy bands and vintage Barbies.

If you have ideas for historical stories, you can reach Tracy at tracy.briggs@forumcomm.com or call 701-219-0748 or on Facebook at Tracy Briggs @BackThenTB.

When you only have 3 or 4 stations, you tend to hear the same commercials over and over again, and boy do we remember them. "Back Then" columnist Tracy Briggs wants to know your favorites.
Williston, N.D., native and Concordia College graduate Alex Ritter's videos and glass sculptures of real-life T-cells killing cancer cells give hope in the fight.
Sally Jacobson has been delighting friends for years by posing for goofy pictures with people's discarded belongings during Cleanup Week. Look at what she's up to this year.
Before Title IX, some schools got creative with activities for the female students.
Jill Kandel's new book, "The Clean Daughter," explores her relationship with Isaak and coming to terms with his decision.
For Memorial Day, an American military cemetery in Cambridge wants to honor the Americans (including North Dakotans and Minnesotans) who are buried there with photos beside their grave markers. Maybe you know one of these men.
Fargo Moorhead Community Theatre's building will be leveled later this year, following a proposed redesign for Island Park, but Judy Lewis says the company plans to stay in Fargo once a new space can be found.
When a gunman killed a police officer in Hope, North Dakota, in 1933, the county sheriff wasn't about to take it lying down. He persisted to track the suspect for two years over seven states and thousands of miles -- one of the most highly publicized manhunts in U.S. history.
They endured long hours in the snow and cold. Whatever happened to the high school boys who tried to make seesaw history?
The 1950 U.S. Census has officially been released after 72 years of waiting. What you learn about America back then might surprise you, according to columnist Tracy Briggs.