The 2017 Women on the Move event will feature an exclusive conversation between speakers, Maria Arias and Tracy Davidson.Lisa Thomas-Laury
Retired news anchor in Philadelphia.
Lisa Thomas-Laury began working at WPVI-TV, Channel 6, the city’s ABC affiliate, as a reported and co-anchor of Action News in 1978, at the age of 24. She covered the stories of everyday people around the region, as well as numerous political elections and conventions and the activities of political figures, from Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy to President Ronald Reagan and the inauguration of President Bill Clinton.
In 1981 she received high praise for her reports from London on Prince Charles and Lady Diana’s wedding. However, the stories she loves to tell the most are those of average people with unique experiences, and those who overcome major obstacles in their lives.
In 2001 Lisa began facing her own significant life challenge. She was struck with a rare nerve disorder that remained misdiagnosed for nearly two years. She left WPVI temporarily when her disease paralyzed one of her vocal cords. Lisa underwent a bone marrow transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, in 2004 and returned to Channel 6 two and half years later.
Lisa has received three honorary doctorate degrees and numerous other awards, including an Emmy for a public affairs documentary on Philadelphia neighborhoods in the 1980s and the city’s most prestigious accolade, the Liberty Bell Award. She retired in May 2016 after a second bone marrow transplant, having spent nearly four decades with WPTV-TV.
Anchor, NBC10 News Today
For 30 years, six-time Emmy Award-winning journalist Tracy Davidson has been connecting with people, both through her position as a news-anchor and as a highly coveted empowerment speaker. She currently co-anchors NBC10 News Today, seen weekdays from 4:30am to 7am.
A tireless consumer advocate, Tracy makes sure Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware residents are informed and educated with the most complete information to help them make the best decisions for themselves and their families.
Tracy has a Religious Studies certificate from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and a Master’s of Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut Hill College.