Tanya Ballard Brown

Journalist in Washington, DC

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I'm a Southern girl and a wild dreamer who laughs loudly and often. I'm easily distracted by shiny things. I sing, dance, laugh and tell stories. When I grow up I'm going to be a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first.

I'm also an editor for NPR.org, 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, and sometimes join the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast as a guest host. 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." I have also been an adjunct lecturer with Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies.