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 their audiences and build community.

I'm also a seasoned digital editor with experience brainstorming and implementing digital features; managing digital producers and interns; editing digital stories; and writing promotional text such as teasers and social media pitches. I excel at collaborating with editors and reporters from other media platforms to create complementary digital content.

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 and improv 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.