About Tracy

Meet Tracy

Tracy Beckerman writes the syndicated humor column, LOST IN SUBURBIA® which is carried weekly by Gatehouse Media/Gannett.  Her column is distributed to over 600 community newspapers and 555 local market websites that reach more that 21 million people in 36 states. She also writes a weekly column called LOST IN MIDLIFE™,  and a column called LOST IN TECHNOLOGY for the Gannett monthly magazine, ION.


Tracy is the author of the humor book, “Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs” (Perigee Books, 2013). Her first book, “Rebel without a Minivan: Observations on Life in the ‘Burbs,” was released in 2008. Additionally, she is a contributor to two Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies – Laughter is the Best Medicine, and The Magic of Dogs,  as well as the humor compilation, “See Mom Run:  Side-Splitting Essays from the World’s Most Harried Moms.”and the anthology, “Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook ups, Break Ups and Crack Ups.”


Beckerman also writes a blog which features her musings on marriage, and motherhood, and offers tips for being a cool mom in the suburbs. In addition to her column, Beckerman has written for Huffington Post Comedy BuzzFeed, Blogher.com, and vlogged for Working Mother Magazine.


Tracy has appeared on The Today Show on NBC, the CBS Early Show, Good Day New York, LX New York, Better TV, WCBS-TV Live from the Couch, WGN-TV, Good Day Dallas, Fox5DC, and numerous radio and print interviews speaking about motherhood and life in the ‘burbs.  She also does stand-up comedy and has appeared at venues including The Comic Strip Live in NYC and The Erma Bombeck Workshop in Dayton. She was also featured in a story about Erma Bombeck on CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.


Tracy has spoken at numerous blog conferences, schools, and women’s groups about being a stay at home mom, losing your identity, and reinventing yourself, as well as many industry conferences on the topics of syndication, branding, and humor writing. She has been a featured speaker at Blogher, Blogalicious, BloggyCon, Aiming Low, Dad 2.0, The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Conference, American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop, Windsor International Writers Conference, and more.

In a Past Life

Before she became a columnist, Beckerman was a writer and producer in the television industry for ten years, managing the Advertising & Promotion department at WCBS-TV New York, and creating award-winning TV and radio scripts for such clients as Lifetime Television, WCBS-TV, CBS and NBC.


Her numerous honors for writing include the prestigious Writer’s Guild of America award, a CLIO, an International Film and Television award, and a New York Emmy®.  In 2010 she was voted “America’s Top Blogger” by The Balancing Act and in 2011, she won a National Society of Newspaper Columnists award for humor writing. In 2014, Tracy was the Global Humor Award Winner of the coveted Erma Bombeck Writing Competition.

Tracy is a three time past faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop and is the Vice-president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation. She is also a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, The Society of Professional Journalists, and the Journalism and Women Symposium, as well as the Authors Guild and the Dramatists Guild.

Tracy is married to a very understanding guy. They have two children but have recently become Empty Nesters, so they moved to New York City and do a lot less laundry now. .

Awards & Honors

Three time past faculty member of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop 
Vice-president of The National Society of Newspaper Columnists Education Foundation 
Member of The American Society of Journalists and Authors
Member of The Society of Professional Journalists

Member of The Journalism and Women Symposium

Lost in Suburbia had me snorting with laughter throughout. It’s painfully relatable and simply hilarious. If you’ve ever looked at your suburban life with kids and wondered how the hell you got there, this book is for you.” –Jill Smokler, New York Times bestselling author of “Confessions of a Scary Mommy”
“When you put this book down to drive the carpool, you’ll miss your new best friend.” Gwendolen Gross, author of the best selling novel, “The Orphan Sister”
“I love this woman!” Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, and author of New York Times Best Seller, “Let’s Pretend This Never Happened”
“Beckerman is the girlfriend you wish you had when you were expecting and the cool mom you stalk at Mommy & Me.” –Lela Davidson, author of “Blacklisted from the PTA”
“Beckerman’s effervescent, irreverent humor is peppered with heartfelt poignancy in this most relatable memoir about motherhood and re-discovering your bad-mom self” Jenny Gardiner, author of #1 Kindle Bestseller “SLIM TO NONE”
Lost in Suburbia offers witty solace to every woman who has swapped high heels for high chairs and wondered if she’d ever get her mojo back.” –Celia Rivenbark, author of the New York Times bestseller,“Stop Dressing Your Six Year Old Like a Skank”
“Tracy is hilarious, a bit biting, and not afraid as she should be that her mother still may hit her.” –Laurie Notaro, New York Times Best-selling author of “The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club”
“I am a man and I am not in touch with my feminine side because I don’t have a feminine side.  So when I tell you that Lost in Suburbia made me laugh, it’s because it’s really, really funny.  There’s stuff for guys in here… I swear on my high testosterone levels!” –W. Bruce Cameron, author of the New York Times bestselling novel, “A Dog’s Purpose,” and the New York Times best selling book, “8 Simple Rules for Dating my Teenage Daughter”
“Reading Lost in Suburbia, locked in my bathroom all alone, I laughed, I cried (from laughing), and then I laughed some more. When you’re feeling overwhelmed by the maddening, mind-numbing demands of motherhood, get Lost in Suburbia. You’ll be so glad you did.” –Jenna McCarthy, author of “If it was Easy, They’d Call the Whole Damn Thing a Honeymoon,” and “The Parent Trip: From High Heels and Parties to High Chairs and Potties
“Tracy Beckerman’s writing is clever, funny and always relatable. You’ll read this book and wish she lived next door!” –Robin O’Bryant author of “Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves”
“Tracy writes with an enticing and entertaining combination of great wit and wild abandon. If you love hilarious writing and women who are unafraid to say it all, this book more than delivers.” –Susan Reinhardt, author of “Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle,” “Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6,” and “Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin.”