Tanya Ballard Brown

Tanya Ballard Brown is a Southern girl, an editor for NPR.org 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 helps curate the NPR Tumblr, and writes blog posts, commentaries and book reviews. Occasionally, she joins the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast as a guest host.

Projects she has worked on include 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 spoils her dog Alex, sings show tunes and dreams of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first. She lives in Washington, D.C.

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9:35am

Wed June 25, 2014
Code Switch

Michael Jackson, We Barely Knew You

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 10:08 am

Carl De Souza AFP/Getty Images

Just as there are those who seek to drag Mr. Jackson's name through the mud, there are those who insist that he was a saint, an angelic figure to be put on a pedestal. He was neither. Michael Jackson was, like all of us, a complicated human being. -- "Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days"

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1:47pm

Wed May 14, 2014
Pop Culture

Beyonce, Jay Z And Solange Walk Into An Elevator ...

Originally published on Thu May 15, 2014 1:19 pm

Beyonce, Jay Z and Solange at the 2013 Grammy Awards. Most families have disagreements, and the Knowles-Carter family is no exception.
Christopher Polk Getty Images for NARAS
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Our lives are recorded all the time, and what we're seeing behind the curtain makes us wonder whether or not we should be looking back there in the first place.

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7:57am

Tue December 24, 2013
Code Switch

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

Originally published on Tue December 24, 2013 1:34 pm

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!

4:04pm

Fri December 20, 2013

5:12am

Sat December 14, 2013
Monkey See

The Case For — And Against — Loving 'Love Actually'

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

3:35pm

Tue November 12, 2013
The Two-Way

How About A Coke? Warhol Painting Up For Grabs

Originally published on Tue November 12, 2013 4:59 pm

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

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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4:38am

Sat August 10, 2013
Code Switch

Why Didn't The Store Just Let Oprah Buy The $38,000 Handbag?

On the list of things to be outraged about at the moment, I'll admit this isn't at the top: The Swiss tourism office apologized to Oprah on Friday because she wasn't allowed to buy a $38,000 designer handbag while recently shopping in Switzerland. Poor lil' Oprah. *sad face*

It does make me wonder, though, can you ever be rich enough or famous enough or beautiful enough to not be racially profiled while shopping?

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4:40pm

Fri July 12, 2013
Code Switch

Awkwardly Awaiting The Zimmerman Trial's Outcome

George Zimmerman wipes his face after arriving in the courtroom for his trial in Sanford, Fla., on Friday. Zimmerman is charged in the 2012 shooting death of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin.
Joe Burbank AP

With the verdict looming in the trial of George Zimmerman, who's charged in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, suddenly speculation has turned to this: the possibility of angry protesters turning to violence if the outcome isn't the one they envisioned.

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7:03am

Sat June 1, 2013
Code Switch

If This Cute Cheerios Ad Causes Drama, What Won't?

Originally published on Mon June 3, 2013 12:13 pm

Cheerios via YouTube

7:03am

Wed May 15, 2013
Book Reviews

Easy Rawlins Is Alive, Or Is He?

Marcia E. Wilson

I've been following Easy Rawlins since reading Devil in a Blue Dress in the '90s. That's a lot of time to give to a character. And as I read Little Green, I realized that I hadn't been following Easy, the character, all these years. In the past I was more invested in other parts of the stories.

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