Ms. Traci Latta
Intro to Journalism, Newspaper, Yearbook
My name is Ms. Latta and this is my second year at RJ Reynolds. I previously taught at Northern Guilford High School in Greensboro, NC where I taught AP Language and Composition and AP Literature and Composition, as well as served as the yearbook adviser.
During my time at Northern, my yearbook staff created award winning books placing with Honors at UNC Chapel Hill and receiving Silver Medals with the Columbia School of Journalism.
I am a native of Durham, NC and graduated from Northern Durham High School in 1989 and went on to attend Meredith College where I studied English Literature. During my junior year, I fell ill and was unable to finish my degree. For the next thirteen years, while I was convalescing, I pursued a career in the film industry and worked on a television pilot for ABC, the film The Patriot, and worked on several commercials. I followed that career up with a certification as a personal chef and taught classes through Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
I also worked as an assistant teacher at The Children's Home on Reynolda Road in 2001. While there, I was diagnosed with End Stage Renal disease and in April of 2002, I received a kidney-pancreas transplant at WFUBMC. After my transplant, I was able to continue my education and finished my degree in English and Secondary Education.
I have written for my high school newspaper, The Roundtable, my college newspaper, The Acorn, the Meredith alumni magazine, and Durham's former daily paper, The Durham Sun. A few of the highlights of my reporting career were getting to interview a pre-first term First Lady, Hillary Clinton and stage and screen actor/dancer Ben Vereen.
I am excited to be working at RJR and excited to help students continue a tradition of excellence in student journalism through both Pine Whispers and Black and Gold.