Tanya Ballard Brown Tanya Ballard Brown is an editor for NPR.org. She joined the organization in 2008.
Tanya Ballard Brown
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Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya N. Ballard is a Southern girl, an optimist and a wild dreamer who laughs loudly and often.

As an editor for NPR.org, Tanya brainstorms and develops web-only features; collaborates with radio editors and reporters to create compelling web content that complements radio reports; manages online producers and interns; and, line edits stories appearing on the website. Tanya also writes blog posts, commentaries and book reviews, has 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. Occasionally, she sits in with the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast team and hosts NPR Live! segments.

Projects she has worked on include After Pulse; Teenage Diaries Revisited; School's Out: The Cost of Dropping Out; American Dreams: Then And Now; Americandy: Sweet Land Of Liberty; Living Large: Obesity In America; the Cities Project, Farm Fresh Foods; the Dirty Money series, winner of a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting, a Scripps Howard National Journalism Award and an Edward R. Murrow award; the "Friday Night Lives" series, winner of an Edward R. Murrow Award; and, "WASP: Women With Wings In WWII," winner of a GRACIE Award.

Tanya is former editor for investigative and long-term projects at washingtonpost.com and during her tenure there coordinated with the print and online newsrooms to develop multimedia content for investigative reports.

Tanya is 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. She has been a reporter or editor at GovExec.com/Government Executive magazine, The Tennessean in Nashville and the (Greensboro) News & Record.

In her free time, Tanya teaches at Georgetown University, does storytelling performances, fronts a band filled with other NPR staffers, sings show tunes, dances randomly in the middle of the newsroom, takes acting and improv classes, and dreams of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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A runner moves past a group of police officers gathered near the finish line of the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, 2016. Authorities are increasing the number of officers and other law enforcement personnel for this year's race, in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attack in the city, in which a truck struck and killed eight bicyclists. Seth Wenig/AP hide caption

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On Sept. 25, the Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones (center), took a knee prior to the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz. Now he says players who "disrespect the flag" won't play. Matt York/AP hide caption

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Napa County firefighter Jason Sheumann sprays water on a home as he battles flames from a wildfire on Monday in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned. Rich Pedroncelli/AP hide caption

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Johnny Holmes and Christian Picciolini during a recent visit to StoryCorps. StoryCorps hide caption

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The Man Who Helped Change A Neo-Nazi's Mind

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People cross the Las Vegas Strip where a lone gunman opened fire on the audience at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival Sunday night. The gunman, identified as Stephen Paddock, 64, of Mesquite, Nev., fired from a room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. David Becker/Getty Images hide caption

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'People Helped You, Whether You Knew It Or Not'

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This Pilot Is Headed To Space With Or Without NASA

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