MSR Publisher Tracey Williams-Dillard honored as one of AARP’s ’50 Over 50′

Photo by Travis Lee Tracey Williams-Dillard

Just when you think things couldn’t get any better for the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder (MSR), things have. Still riding the crest of a boat cruise that celebrated 88 years of serving the community, Publisher/CEO Tracey Williams-Dillard and longtime writer Charles Hallman both will soon receive awards that recognize their longtime commitments and passions for service.

Williams-Dillard was chosen as one of 50 of the most influential, inspiring, and accomplished leaders from across Minnesota who were nominated and ultimately chosen by their peers for the honor.

The 50 Over 50 list recognizes Minnesotans over the age of 50 who have made significant contributions and achievements in their communities. Williams-Dillard was notably chosen for her leadership in running the MSR newspaper and its health coverage during the COVID crisis.

She is also commended for her stewardship of the highly successful monthly event series Sister Spokesman, where women of color come together to discuss pertinent issues in their communities and encourage and support each other while building networks and supporting Black entrepreneurs in the vendor marketplace.

“I’m very excited to be recognized as one of the 50 over 50 by AARP. It’s definitely an honor when people recognize the work I do. It’s truly a labor of love—from running the weekly newspaper to our monthly event for women, Sister Spokesman, and our annual event, the Legacy Boat Cruise, just to mention a few ways we serve our community.”

Williams-Dillard will be awarded, along with other honorees on October 25 at Quincy Hall in Northeast Minneapolis.

For more info on AARP’s 50 Over 50, visit