Tanya Ballard Brown

Journalist in Washington, DC

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I'm an editor for @NPR, where I spend my days brainstorming and implementing web-only features; managing online producers and interns; line editing stories for the website, including writing headlines, teasers and crafting social media pitches; and, collaborating with editors and reporters to create compelling web content that complements radio reports.

I occasionally write blog posts and book reviews, sometimes sit in with the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast team, and am often tapped to host NPR livestreaming segments on Facebook. I have served as acting supervising editor for Digital Arts, Books and Entertainment; edited for "Talk of the Nation" and "Tell Me More;" filed on-air spots for newscast, and helped curate the NPR Tumblr.

I am a native of Charlotte, N.C., an alumna of N.C. A&T State University, and a former congressional fellow with the American Political Science Association. I have been a reporter or an editor for washingtonpost.com, GovExec.com/"Government Executive" magazine, "The Tennessean" in Nashville and the (Greensboro) "News & Record."

In my free time, I teach at Georgetown University, perform at storytelling events, front a band made up of NPR staffers, sing show tunes, dance randomly in the middle of the newsroom, take acting and improv classes, and dream of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first.