Tara comes to WORD from successful talk show hosting stints in Charlotte, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.
She is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill's School of Journalism who can tell you exactly where she was the first time she heard talk radio -- in a parking garage on her lunch break. Tara had no interest in talk radio, and only checked it out so that her future husband, a talk radio junkie, would stop bugging her to listen.
That was in 1998, and she has been hooked ever since. For years she'd ignore the rumbles in her stomach to time her lunch break precisely to 12:07 every day, so as not to miss a minute of the opening of her favorite show. It greatly amuses her husband that she is now doing talk radio for a living.
Tara won over two dozen state and national journalism awards for column writing, news reporting and investigative reporting while working for three newspapers and writing for a variety of national publications. She won a first place reporting award from the North Carolina Press Association for an investigative series about the weaknesses in Charlotte's overburdened court system, which regularly let murderers off the hook with less than 15 years in prison. Due to her work, that system has been reformed.
Tara is also a winner of the prestigious first place Green Eyeshade Award, a national award for column writing from The Society of Professional Journalists. Tara took to the airwaves about nine years ago to do a radio show heard up and down the coast and fell in love with bypassing her editors to talk straight to the people. Tara hasn't stopped reporting, and still brings her investigative journalism to the show.Tara is a mom, wife and talk radio convert-- and weekday mornings she's live and local on 106.3 WORD.