Director of Broadcasting and Multimedia Communications
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®
Stephen Gasque is an experienced real estate professional and award-winning broadcast journalist, who combines both careers as the host of Real Estate Today, the official radio program of THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.
Stephen is NAR’s Director of Broadcasting and Multimedia Communications, and in that role he has managed the weekly editorial content of Real Estate Today since its launch in 2009. Stephen is also the host of NAR’s video newscasts, “The Voice for Real Estate,” which airs on REALTOR®.org, YouTube, and REALTOR® web pages across America.
Stephen was a REALTOR® for many years. He began at a commercial real estate brokerage in Baltimore, Maryland, helping clients buy and sell investment properties. Later, Stephen worked as a manager and sales associate for several top-producing real estate brokerages in the Washington, DC area. He was licensed in Washington, DC., Maryland and Virginia. However, he ended his active role as a REALTOR® when he joined NAR in 2008.
As a broadcast journalist, Stephen was a television reporter, producer and anchor at top-rated, major market network affiliates, including WSB-TV in Atlanta, WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island, and WWLP-TV in Springfield, Massachusetts. Stephen won numerous awards, including five EMMYs for broadcast excellence. Later, Stephen served as Washington Bureau Chief for Cox Broadcasting, providing daily live news coverage from the nation’s capital for nearly 30 television and radio stations across the United States.
Stephen was born in Washington, DC, where he now resides. He received his BA degree from the Johns Hopkins University, in Baltimore, Maryland.
Melissa Dittmann Tracey
“Hot or Not?“
Melissa Dittmann Tracey is the editor for Real Estate Today’s ‘Hot or Not” segment, in which she reports on emerging, as well as traditional design elements, and explains which are ‘hot,’ or ‘not’ in today’s real estate markets. Melissa is an award-winning journalist who has written about the housing market for more than a decade. She manages Realtor Magazine’s home design and staging blog, “Styled, Staged & Sold,” which was ranked number-one out of 100 blogs as the “Best Staging Blog on the Planet” by FeedSpot in 2017. She’s a contributing editor to Realtor Magazine, writing the Daily Real Estate News and a psychology-marketing column called Relationship Management. Melissa has contributed to dozens of publications, including California Real Estate Magazine, Chicago Tribune, PEOPLE, Monitor on Psychology, and more. She holds a B.A. in journalism from Grand Valley State University and an M.A. in magazine, newspaper, and online journalism from Syracuse University. Melissa resides in Dallas with her husband, Sean, and their three young children.
Real Estate Today News Anchor
Bill Thompson is the news anchor for Real Estate Today. He is also the morning news anchor on Real Estate Today’s flagship affiliate, WMAL AM & FM, in Washington, DC.
Bill started his broadcasting career in 1973, as a disc jockey in Ottawa, Illinois. Soon afterwards, he segued to broadcast journalism. He has worked for nearly a dozen local radio stations across America, including Washington, D.C., Boston, Massachusetts, Providence, Rhode Island and Tulsa Oklahoma. He has also worked at national broadcast networks, including USA Today SkyRadio, the Associated Press Radio Network and Voice of America.
Since 1985, Bill has also done more than ten thousand interviews with authors of bestselling books.
Bill and his wife Hillary live in the Washington, DC area, where they are both proud parents and grandparents. And Bill notes: “Yes, we are “Washington’s other Bill and Hillary.”