Tanya Ballard Brown

Journalist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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I am a 2019 fellow with the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, spending an academic year studying how comedic journalism -- the intersection of humor, satire and journalism -- can help journalists connect with audiences and build community.

I'm also a seasoned editor with experience brainstorming and implementing digital features, managing digital producers and interns, editing digital stories, crafting promotional text and social media pitches, and writing and reporting for digital and radio.

I love pop culture, arts and entertainment, and have laughed loudly on NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast and Facebook Live segments. I sing show tunes, dance randomly, take acting, improv, stand up comedy and comedy sketch writing classes, perform at storytelling events, front a band made up of NPR staffers and dream of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first.