Story and photo By Denise Jones/Co-Editor and Chief/@DeniseJonesLBCC
After 18 years of reporting at the Long Beach Press-Telegram, former Viking News Editor-in-Chief Tracy Manzer, now has a position on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Manzer said as director of communications for Congresswoman and Democrat Brenda Lawrence from Southfield, Michigan, “I’m kind of like the editor of the communications department for the congresswoman.”
Viking photo and online advisor, Chris Viola, a former Viking staff member with Manzer said, “It’s great to see a former classmate’s journey from reporting on local stories at the Press-Telegram to having an impact to policy on Capitol Hill.”
Covering the police and court beat at the Press-Telegram for 10 years, Manzer said wearing a bulletproof vest on pre-dawn raids were some of the best times.
“I was here for the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that dismantled Defense Of Marriage Act and made same-sex marriage a right nationwide,” Manzer said, “That was an incredible moment in history and I still am emotional when I recall that moment when the ruling came down. You could actually feel the joy and relief in the air. It was palpable.”
Manzer said her current boss was the first member of Congress to call for a congressional hearing on the Flint water crisis and is at the forefront of the matter. “I am grateful, in a way, that the Flint issue has been so widely reported on and reviewed, as I believe it’s the best chance we’ve had in years to address issues of environment justice, particularly as they relate to poor communities and communities of color,” Manzer said.
Lawrence said, “When I hired Tracy as my communications director, I made it clear that I chose her for passion and her drive and that I had very high expectations.
I’m proud and pleased to say that she has demonstrated that passion and drive on a daily basis and that she truly shares my priorities for making a difference for the people of Michigan’s 14th District, where I was born and raised. Manzer said, “I am enjoying life on the Hill, and I feel very strongly that Congress needs people who care about core issues that impact the majority of Americans.”