Tracey MacLeod (born 30 October 1960, Ipswich, Suffolk) is a journalist and broadcaster who has presented a range of BBC arts and music programming, including The Late Show 1989-95 and its musical offshoots New West and Words and Music, Edinburgh Nights (1989, 1990), the Booker Prize (1990 – 95) and the Mercury Music Prize (1994–98). She hosted a Sunday night radio show on GLR from 1990 for several years, and was one of the launch DJs on BBC 6 Music.
MacLeod worked as a researcher at the BBC before making her on-screen debut in 1987 on Channel 4’s youth show Network 7. Other screen credits include channel 4’s A Stab in the Dark with David Baddiel and Michael Gove, All I Want – A Portrait of Rufus Wainwright, Kitchen Criminals, Masterchef, and voicing over many music documentaries and the long-running BBC2 show Rapido, presented by Antoine de Caunes. She appeared as a guest interviewer in Sean Hughes' 1992 comedy series Sean's Show. Her friend Helen Fielding partly based the Jude character in Bridget Jones's Diary on her, and she appeared as an extra in the literary party scene of the film, directed by Sharon Maguire.
She has been the restaurant critic of The Independent since 1997, winning the Glenfiddich award for Restaurant Writer of the year in 2003, and being awarded Restaurant Writer of the Year by the Guild of Food Writers in 2008 and 2010. She has also been literary editor of Marie Claire, and radio critic of the Mail on Sunday.
She attended Ipswich High School.