Featured journalist: Tanya Ballard Brown
For today's featured journalist, we're delighted to introduce you to Tanya Ballard Brown, the supervising editor of NPR Digital Media Arts. A self-professed "Southern girl and a wild dreamer who laughs loudly and often," Ballard Brown claims when she grows up she wants to be a bass player, or Sarah Vaughan. "Whichever comes first."
In her position at NPR, Ballard Brown spends her days collaborating with editors and reporters to create compelling Web content that complements radio reports; brainstorming and implementing Web-only features; managing online producers, Kroc Fellows and interns; and line editing stories for the website. As if that weren't enough, she also helps curate the NPR Tumblr and occasionally writes blog posts and book reviews (some prime samples of her portfolio work include the enticing headlines "How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs" and "Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?") She's even been known to join the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast as a guest host. "To sum up, I'm always seeking new ways to contribute to the website," she writes.
She got her start, however, as a reporter at the (Greensboro) News & Record. And yes, she's used a typewriter before, "despite being just 20mumblemumble years old." We're going to have to try that answer next time. As for her favorite fictional journalist: "Billy Batson? Lois Lane? Mary Tyler Moore? Jack McGee? Hard to name just one." We know what you mean, Tanya.