Tracey Eaton


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Tracey Eaton was Havana bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News from 2000 to early 2005.

 A journalist since 1983, he has written some 5,000 articles on everything from Taliban fighters and neo-Nazis to teen-age drug runners and snakes popping out of toilets.

His Cuba blog is called Along the Malecón and contains more than 3,000 original photos.


Eaton travels to Cuba regularly to do freelance stories. Above, he interviews a man in Baracoa in eastern Cuba. Photo credit: Kim Ritzenthaler

Eaton is among only a few American journalists who have operated news bureaus on the island since Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

He has wide experience in Latin America and along the U.S.-Mexico border. He was metropolitan editor for the Houston Chronicle before joining Flagler College in 2007.

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Above, Eaton outside the seaside home he rented in Tarara, east of Havana. He had just replaced his Texas license plate with a Cuban plate reading PEXT for Prensa Extranjera, or Foreign Press.

Eaton has been a staff writer at seven newspapers, including the Miami Herald and the Orange County Register.  More than 2,000 of his photos have been published in newspapers where he has worked. His stories have appeared in more than 65 U.S., Canadian and Mexican newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Los Angeles Daily News.


Eaton was a Dallas Morning News correspondent in Mexico City from 1993 to 2000. Above, he poses with Mexican soldiers at a counter-narcotics exercise in Baja California, Mexico

Eaton was awarded a Pulitzer Center travel grant in 2010 for his work in Cuba. He is writing a series of stories about the pro-democracy movement in Cuba. Also in 2010, Eaton created the Cuba Money Project, an independent investigative journalism project.

Eaton’s freelance stories have appeared in the Miami Herald, the Houston Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, Cubaencuentro, Progreso Weekly, CubaNews, Cuba Absolutely, American Rider, HOG and other publications.

Eaton was the writer for one among thousands, a documentary about a Cuban-American musician who returns to Cuba to rediscover his past. The film premiered on Nov. 30, 2009, and was an official selection of the Santa Fe Film Festival.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and a master’s degree in journalism from Temple University. He was a Fulbright scholar in Ecuador and studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, or UNAM, in Mexico City.

He has conducted journalism workshops in Guatemala, Bolivia and Nicaragua, and has been an invited speaker at conferences in Florida, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica and Cuba.  He is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, or IRE.

leaving Afghan

Eaton covered the fighting in Afghanistan after terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Above, he leaves Afghanistan, entering Tajikistan by ferry.

Eaton can be reached at for freelance assignments, workshops, speaking engagements and other work.


Written by maninhavana

September 29, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Posted in Personal

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  1. hey dude!

    long time. how have you been? i’ll cut to the chase. i’ve been hired to show a millionaire and his family around havana later this month and they wanted to know if there is a nice beach around havana that may have a decent hotel nearby. i first thought east beaches, but those hotels aren’t too snazzy.

    we’re going on a 140 foot yacht and docking at marina hemingway. i remember you talking about living in tarara. can you tell me what their facilities are like? can they take a big boat like that? is there a nice beach/hotel nearby? i’ve never been.

    by the way, are you gonna be there for year’s this year? that’s when we’ll be there.

    anyway, i hope you have a nice, WARM holiday. the weather bites in key west right now!

    takce care of yourself,

    rob o’neal
    (the fat photog!)

    rob oneal

    December 22, 2009 at 12:08 am

    • Hi Rob,
      Nice to hear from you. I’ll answer via your e-mail. Tracey


      December 22, 2009 at 12:58 am

  2. Good to hear you’ve written a book on your years in Cuba. I ran across you on a visit to Tarara when I saw your motorcycle in your driveway (I was riding a BMW k75 s). We made contact on a couple of ocassions after that. I have it admit envy of your work and lifestyle in Cuba. I lived in Cuba a total of 1 1/2 years riding the BMW 33,000 km on the Cuban roads (See my web site).

    Where can I get your book?

    Dave Thomas

    February 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    • Dave,
      Yes, I remember you and your motorcycle. Now I’m feeling all nostalgic about those old days in Tarara. I am working on a book about the Harley-Davidson riders of Cuba. I don’t have any other books except photo books that anyone can put together through Blurb and other Web sites. I don’t count those as real books. But I am hoping to find a publisher for the Harley project. I am working on it with three other people, all of them photographers. If the thing ever sees print, I’ll put it on the blog for the world to see. Thanks for getting back in touch, Tracey


      February 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm

  3. Where are the Pictures ?

    When did you visit Colombia ?


    April 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    • I haven’t been to Colombia for years. In 2003, I was invited to speak at an event called Journalists, War and Terrorism – First International Forum. The title of my presentation was “Coverage of Enduring Freedom Military Operation in Afghanistan, Vision of a Multi-Media Journalist.”
      Sergio Arboleda University’s Social Communication and Journalism School sponsored the event, which took place from Jan. 29 to 30, 2003. I gave presentations in Bogota and in Santa Marta. The organizers were fabulous, the people were great and the country is beautiful. It wasn’t my first trip to Colombia, but it was one of the most enjoyable.
      Organizers exhibited journalists’ photographs in Santa Marta. Some of the photos I shot in Afghanistan after the Sept. 11 attacks were displayed. My pictures were also featured on the cover of a book, “Periodistas, Guerra y Terrorismo.” Here are links to Colombia and Afghanistan photos.
      Thanks for your comment. Tracey


      April 9, 2010 at 7:51 pm

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    April 12, 2010 at 7:16 pm

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  13. Mr. Eaton,

    I spoke with a colleague of yours Leland Wood a few days back and he told me to get in touch with you. I am in my last year of undergraduate studies at the University of PIttsburgh at Johnstown and studying abroad in Havana from January to May of next year. I am interested in photography and journalism while I travel so Mr. Wood thought it a good idea to reach out to you.

    Hope to hear from you,

    Eric James

    Eric James

    November 7, 2010 at 7:31 pm

  14. Mr Eaton: every person has to have a political opinion your travels around the World as a journalist could have contributed to have an ideology but as it seems your stay in Cuba does not show me nothing except a “bon vivant” or in plain english a “playboy” Have you risk your job to interview the dissident movement in Cuba? Have you reported the hardships of the cuban people in their dayly life? Nothing is the final results and the only thing that i have read is that Orlando Bosch is in the hospital!??????!!!!!!!!!

    Mario Faz

    December 20, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    • Mario Faz,
      Thanks for your comment. I have written about many things, including the dissident movement, the rise of bloggers and more. I can’t say that I’m ever satisfied with the results while trying to cover such a controversial topic as Cuba. But I appreciate the feedback from readers who share their own important views and experiences. Tracey


      December 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm

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