Tanya Ballard Brown

Writer, Editor, and Mischief-maker in Washington, D.C.

Listen to my music

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

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 sketch comedy writing classes, perform at stand up open mics and storytelling events, front a band made up of NPR staffers and dream of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first.

When I'm not following my passion for comedy and performing, I'm a seasoned editor with experience brainstorming and implementing digital features, managing producers and interns, crafting promotional text and social media pitches, and writing, editing and reporting for print, digital and radio.