Traci Tong

Traci Tong

Traci Tong was part of the original team that created and launched The World in 1996. Currently, she is a producer and director of the daily live show. Her job is to find that perfect person to tell her story for the show's global audience. 

Over the years, Traci has worked from Honolulu to Dallas to Boston ... from London to Nairobi ... from Sierra Leone to the Philippines ... and throughout Oceania. 

She has sat for interviews with deposed dictators, future US presidents, the real Jane Roe and the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

Traci also serves as the managing editor with NPR's multimedia professional development program, NextGenRadio, for a new generation of multimedia journalists.

Although the truth is, she would rather be on the water with her standup paddleboard or paddling on a Dragonboat.

Recent Stories


'I can't control my gender'

Stephanie Labbé is one of Canada's best women soccer players. Two years ago, she was the goalkeeper for Canada's bronze-medal winning Olympic soccer team in Rio. After the games, Labbé wanted to keep playing professionally in Canada, but there are no professional women's teams.


How the Vietnam War's Napalm Girl found hope after tragedy

For many years, Phan Thi Kim Phùc was known as the Napalm Girl. She was in an iconic photograph that pictured her running naked down a road, screaming after a napalm attack on her village. That photo won a Pulitzer Prize and changed the way the world looked at the Vietnam War. For many years, Kim Phuc was angry and in pain. But, she found a way to forgive and find peace.