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 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, dances, tells stories, takes acting classes and dreams of being a bass player. Or Sarah Vaughan. Whichever comes first. She lives in Washington, D.C.

You can reach out to her on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Tumblr.

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11:35am

Mon September 29, 2014
The Protojournalist

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

Originally published on Tue September 30, 2014 2:01 pm

istockphoto.com

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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2:47pm

Sun September 28, 2014
Code Switch

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

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 11:10 am

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

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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10:09am

Sun August 31, 2014
Code Switch

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.
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1:06pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Music

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

Originally published on Sun October 26, 2014 6:58 pm

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Transcript

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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

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
Monkey See

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

Originally published on Mon December 15, 2014 12:40 pm

John Poole NPR

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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