Tanya Ballard Brown

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

As an editor for NPR.org, Tanya collaborates with radio editors and reporters to create compelling Web content that complements radio reports; brainstorms and develops Web-only features; manages online producers, Kroc Fellows and interns; and, line edits stories appearing on the website. Tanya also writes blog posts, commentaries and book reviews, and has helped curate the NPR Tumblr. Occasionally, she joins the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast as a guest host.

Projects she has worked on include 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.

She also led production of the 2006 "Being a Black Man" series, which won numerous awards including the Peabody, Scripps Howard National Journalism award, Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and a regional Emmy award. Other Web projects included "Silent Injustice" and "Walter Reed and Beyond."

A native of Charlotte, N.C., and an alumna of N.C. A&T State University, Tanya is 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 does storytelling performances, sings show tunes, dances randomly in the middle of the newsroom, takes acting classes and dreams of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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It's All Politics
11:30 am
Tue April 28, 2015

Did You Know It's Legal In Most States To Discriminate Against LGBT People?

Danny DeBelius NPR

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:04 pm

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage, which is now legal in about three dozen states.

But it's also legal in most states to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender β€” LGBT β€” people in the areas of employment, housing and public accommodation.

So in many states, a person could marry someone of the same gender and then get fired for being gay.

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The Protojournalist
10:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Should You Do The Do-Over If There's A Chance For A Second Chance?

istockphoto.com

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 1:01 pm

It's not often that people get a second chance, and in fact, for many people, there is no such thing as a second chance.

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Code Switch
1:47 pm
Sun September 28, 2014

People Be Triflin', From 'Bills, Bills, Bills' To The Bible

Yes, this ad was really in the newspaper – from the October 1, 1922 New York Tribune.
Library of Congress

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 10:10 am

In our semi-regular Word Watch feature, we take a look at a word or phrase that's caught our attention, whether for its history, usage, etymology, or just because it has an interesting story.

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Code Switch
9:09 am
Sun August 31, 2014

How 'Sassy' Came To Mean Something Both Sweet And Sour

Jazz singer and pianist Sarah Vaughan reportedly earned the nickname "Sassy," from pianist John Malachi. Apparently she liked it.
AFP/Getty Images

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Music
12:06 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

TMM Editor: Esperanza Spalding's 'I Know You Know' Is My Theme Song

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 5:58 pm

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Code Switch
5:00 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

The Origin (And Hot Stank) Of The 'Chitlin' Circuit'

The Royal Peacock in Atlanta was one of the more famous venues on the Chitlin' Circuit.
Libray of Congress

Originally published on Sun February 16, 2014 6:03 pm

For many people, chitlins (or chitterlings) are a tasty (or, for some, nasty) soul food dish made out of pig intestines. If you can get past what they are (or how badly they stank when cleaned and cooked), then you can shake some hot sauce or sprinkle some cha-cha relish on top and dig in. There's even an annual chitlin' festival in South Carolina.

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Code Switch
9:18 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Hey Hey Hey! Historian Draws Attention To '70s Black Animation Art

An original production cel from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. The show was among a burst of 1970s-era Saturday morning cartoons that featured positive African-American characters.
Courtesy of Pamela Thomas/Museum of UnCut Funk!

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 12:34 pm

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Monkey See
7:28 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Dear Internet, It's Christmas. Please Stop Fighting About 'Love Actually'

John Poole NPR

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 11:40 am

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Monkey See
6:08 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

The Case For β€” And Against β€” Loving 'Love Actually'

Karen (Emma Thompson) tries to console Daniel (Liam Neeson), whose wife has recently died.
Universal Pictures/Photofest

Originally published on Sat December 14, 2013 4:12 am

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

Coca-Cola (3) was one of many of Warhol's pop art pieces, which celebrated popular culture and consumerism in post-World War II America.
Courtesy of Christie's

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 3:59 pm

On Tuesday, artist Andy Warhol's oversized and iconic Coca-Cola (3) will hit the auction block at Christie's, and to borrow an old slogan from the company, It's The Real Thing.

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